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Best Fall Foliage Drives In New Hampshire: Scenic Tours Of Autumn Leaves

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” My favorite Albert Camus quote is no truer than when fall begins in New Hampshire. Our trees turn slowly first, then in a blink the autumn surrounds us with vibrant splendor.

New Hampshirites are lucky to have so much seasonal color just outside our windows. Leaf peepers from all over travel to The Granite State to observe just a breath of our autumn air.

If you’re hosting some out-of-town peepers, or want to explore the fall beyond your backyard this year, check out some of these scenic autumn drives.

Is your favorite New Hampshire fall foliage drive missing from the list? Know a little back road with scenic autumn beauty? Send the directions and details to!

Best New Hampshire Fall Foliage Drives

Kancamagus Highway

New Hampshire Route 112

The Kancamagus Highway is perhaps New Hampshire’s most famous, scenic drive. The ‘Kanc’ is a winding 34-mile road connecting Lincoln to Conway with breathtaking views of the White Mountains.

Franconia Notch Parkway

I-93, North from Woodstock

This stretch of scenic highway takes you through Franconia Notch State Park, and between Franconia and Kinsman Mountain ranges.

Crawford Notch

New Hampshire Route 302

Route 302 passes through the scenic Crawford Notch. The drive cuts through a valley with spectacular mountains on either side. You may also view Silver Cascade and Flume Cascade from the highway.

Moose Alley

New Hampshire Route 3, North from Pittsburg

The stretch of Route 3 from Pittsburg to the Canadian border is best known as “Moose Alley” due to the record moose sightings in the area. There is a very active moose population in this area, and locals will almost guarantee a sighting of one of New Hampshire’s 6,000 majestic moose. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife in this area, but take safety precautions with moose encounters.

Lake Winnipesaukee Loop

New Hampshire Route 5, East from Meredith, Route 109, Route 28 South, Route 11

This winding drive offers spectacular views of Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire’s largest lake. The loop travels through many lovely towns in the lakes region with ample vacation and shopping opportunities.


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