New Hampshire invites you to immerse yourself in its natural beauty, remoteness, and spirit of rugged independence--a worthy aspiration for any pet friendly vacation! Though it looks small on the map, the state boats diverse regions with a variety of destinations and attractions. From historic river valleys to the highest peaks in the Northeast, you'll find delightful villages, vast forests and parks, inviting lakes, and picturesque rural landscapes. With New England charm in spades and a talent for showing it off, New Hampshire is a spectacular destination for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.
Best Time To Visit
Like most of New England, New Hampshire really shines in the fall. It's one of America’s premier destinations for dramatic fall foliage, and the southwestern part of the state is particularly pretty with its mix of rolling farmland and forested hills. However, this is a very busy time of year to visit. If you're looking for a more peaceful experience in New Hampshire with your pet, plan your trip after the tourists have gone. Late October and early November are chilly, and you might even see some snow--but it's the perfect time for a crisp hike and curling up by the fire with a good book and your best friend.
Things Not To Miss
Pick a sunny day to hike or drive to the top of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States.
Enjoy some of America’s most spectacular scenery on the White Mountains Trail, a 100-mile round-trip driving tour and National Scenic Byway.
Stroll the quaint streets, admire the fantastic architecture, and enjoy the fresh seafood restaurants in the colonial town of Portsmouth. Don't miss the off-leash beach at South Mill Pond, or the gorgeous off-leash area on Pierce Island.
If you're visiting during the fall, take in the spectacular foliage along the Kancamagus Highway.
With 1,200 miles of hiking trails and 23 developed campgrounds, you and your pet could spend a lifetime exploring the White Mountain National Forest! Stop at the Androscoggin Ranger District in Gorham for information on area activities.