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The New Hampshire fall foliage tour pages are updated throughout the fall. To find out about new tours, please check back here often. We suggest that you bookmark this page. It will help you find it in a jiffy when you return.

The state of New Hampshire is a very special place with lots of contrast. In the south, business rules. The southeast corner of the state is close to Boston which makes for plenty of suburban synergies, so proximity is a given. Most of the recent development in the state is in southwest. In the northern part of the state, however, the contrast couldn't be greater. The New Hampshire fall foliage tours in the White Mountains are legendary for their beauty, and Lake Winnipesaukee has long been a white hot tourist, camping and hiking spot. The sunsets in the White Mountains are among the most beautiful we've ever seen. The tours below will give you plenty of opportunity for photography, but you'll also be traveling through quintessentially New England towns and hamlets with hundreds of years of existence under their belts. While the state is tall, and some of the tours long, they are well worth every minute. We hope you enjoy those below.


Tour One

Hanover to Dorchester

Drive Time: 1 hour

Hanover, New Hampshire is an eclectic mix of old, New Hampshire Homes, the Hanover Inn and the thriving and exciting campus of Dartmouth College. Of all the college campuses I've visited, Dartmouth's wins hands down, from the main campus, with its long walks between ancient brick buildings, to the modern library where one can sit and read or look out the window at the multi-hued foliage. Harvard, Yale and the University of Connecticut, my alma mater, have their own, special mystical charms. But the first kickoff at Dartmouth's first football game seems to kick off the autumnal season.

This tour takes you from a centuries old yet strangely modern town to New Hampshire's hinterlands in Dorchester. It provides one with spectacular forests painted ever so brightly by God and Mother Nature.

We start this tour on West Wheelock Road and drive a short distance to routes 10 and 120, North Park Street, onto which we take a LEFT -hand turn, and then moments later, a RIGHT onto Route 10, Lyme Road. Continue on Route 10 past the Hanover Country Club well north until we come to the intersection with East Thetford Road (Route 10) where you take a sharp RIGHT on 10 for a short distance, then onto Dorchester Road through Lyme Center. Go past Reservoir Pond and Cummins Pond, both on your LEFT , which becomes Cummings Pond Road not long after you pass the pond of the same name. Continue on that until you intersect with North Dorchester Road, onto which you take a RIGHT and within minutes, you're in beautiful and quaint Dorchester, a tiny town in comparison with Hanover, but a town not lacking in its own kind of charm.


Tour Two

Laconia to Wolfboro

It would be heretical not to include at least one tour, if not several, around Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire's largest lake. It's an immense body of water that, together with Bostopn, may well have been the birthplace of the rock band Aerosmith.

This is a tour that brings fall to life in a very visceral way, countryside and lakefront that defies adequate description.

You start by driving east on Elm Street, then turning LEFT at Route 107, Union Avenue and Daniel Webster Highway, routes3 and 11, where it becomes Lake Shore Road after the intersection with Lake Street on your LEFT and then Route 11. Continue on Rte 11 past Ellacoya State Park and Lake Shore Park. It later becomes Mount Major Highway.

Where Route 11 becomes Route 28 A and 28, take a LEFT at Rte 28 and then, after a short distance, take a LEFT onto Route 28, Wolfboro Highway. Continue traveling north on Route 28, Wolfboro Highway, then turn LEFT at Route 28 and South Main Street and take that into Wolfeboro, turn LEFT at South Main Street, still on Route 28. Turn LEFT at South Main Street and you'll be at Wolfeboro, NH.


Tour Three

Sugar Hill to Lancaster

Driving Time: Approximately 45 minutes.

On this journey, you'll be driving in White Mountain territory where some of the sunsets are eye candy for anyone who appreciates the kaleidoscopic colors with which Mother Nature teases us from time to time. Especially in the fall, when the sunset hits the mountains with its red, pink and orange display that plays with your mind in such a glorious way that it's guaranteed to de-stress even the most stressed person and to turn the melancholy into the joyous.

Start by driving northeast on Route 117, Sugar Hill Road and turn RIGHT when you reach Franconia and get on I-93 south toward Lincoln and Plymouth. Get off Exit 36 onto Route 141 for a short distance and then take a LEFT onto Rte 3, Daniel Webster Highway. Continue on Route 3 North past Five Corners and further along, stay on Rte 3. At the intersection with Route 302 at Twin mountain. At Caroll, you'll come to a fork with Route 3 and Route 115. Bear LEFT to stay on Route 3, which is still the Daniel Webster Highway until you enter the outskirts of Whitefield, where it will become Union Street. . You'll come to an intersection with Route 116, Littleton Road. Take a sharp RIGHT and stay on Route 3, Lancaster Road, which becomes High Street and then back to Daniel Webster Highway. You'll drive RIGHT through the eastern outskirts of Weeks State Park, which should give you plenty of opportunity to press the camera shutter. Continue on and you'll see Holton Park to your RIGHT and shortly after that, take a LEFT onto Burnside Street, which will take you into Lancaster.


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