8 days in New Hampshire Itinerary

8 days in New Hampshire Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Hampshire visit planner

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Portsmouth
— 1 night
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North Conway
— 4 nights
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Lincoln
— 2 nights
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Portsmouth

— 1 night
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. On the 3rd (Sun), sample some tasty brews at New Hampshire Brews Cruise and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hampton Beach State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Strawbery Banke Museum, don't miss a visit to Market Square, and then steep yourself in history at Rundlet-May House.

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Washington DC to Portsmouth is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in October: high temperatures in Portsmouth hover around 62°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to North Conway.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

North Conway

— 4 nights
North Conway combines colonial New England architecture with outlet shops selling goods from some of the world's most recognizable brands, all set amid the scenery of the White Mountains.
When in North Conway, make a side trip to see Mt. Washington Auto Road in Gorham, approximately Gorham away. There's still lots to do: cruise along Kancamagus Highway, take some stellar pictures from Cathedral Ledge, take a peaceful walk through White Mountain National Forest, and take in the dramatic scenery at Diana's Baths.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the North Conway attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Portsmouth to North Conway takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in North Conway are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Lincoln.

Things to do in North Conway

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Lincoln

— 2 nights
Stretching through the White Mountain National Forest, Lincoln welcomes hikers along the Appalachian Trail.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Flume Gorge, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park, and then learn about winemaking at Hermit Woods Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Franconia Notch State Park and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lincoln trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from North Conway to Lincoln takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from North Conway in October, expect little chillier with lows of 38°F in Lincoln. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lincoln

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

New Hampshire travel guide

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Waterfalls · Theme Parks · Ski Areas
The Granite State
One of the country's smallest and least populous states, New Hampshire's wealth of recreational offerings make it a popular vacation destination. Its many pristine natural areas attract skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, and mountaineers from around the world. Named after a county in England, New Hampshire was the first of the North American colonies to establish a government independent of Great Britain's authority. Though New Hampshire's official nickname refers to its extensive granite formations and quarries, the state's license plates carry the motto "Live Free or Die," reflecting the sense of independence prized by the famously terse natives. Find out why America's artists continue to find inspiration in New Hampshire by taking a trip to its quaint villages and sightseeing in the area's old colonial towns.