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Families will love:

  • 70-square-mile Lake Winnipesauke
  • Aerial tramway and the cog railway
  • Unpretentious, laid-back vacationing

Good, clean family fun. That's what New Hampshire has been in the business of for generations -- ever since the steamers and railway coaches brought jaded city folk up to the fresh air and mountain views more than 100 years ago. Little has changed since then -- many of the state's favorite attractions have been around for decades, evoking a readymade nostalgia for a time ... more
Good, clean family fun. That's what New Hampshire has been in the business of for generations -- ever since the steamers and railway coaches brought jaded city folk up to the fresh air and mountain views more than 100 years ago. Little has changed since then -- many of the state's favorite attractions have been around for decades, evoking a readymade nostalgia for a time before iPods and Playstations, when families used to actually talk to each other. But that doesn't mean the attractions the state has to offer are a throwback -- taking an aerial tramway or the cog railway to the top of a White Mountain peak is just as awe-inspiring as ever, and the state's beaches, lakes and amusement parks can give any Six Flags a run for its money in the fun department.

The most appealing thing about traveling in New Hampshire is what the state lacks: pretention of any sort. This is salt-of-the-earth country, where most locals express a live-and-let-live mentality that makes traveling with a family a relaxing and (comparatively) stress-free experience. At all but the most fancy restaurants, no one is going to look at you funny if you're wearing jeans. And the state abounds in family-friendly restaurants, inns and campgrounds that ensure you won't be the only one traveling with a toddler or teen in tow.

Tourists usually flock to one of three areas for their vacations: the White Mountains, which soar over the top half of the state in dramatic splendor and offer terrific skiing in winter; the Lakes Region, a three-season playground of pleasure-boating and family amusements that centers around the 70-square-mile Lake Winnipesauke; and the Seacoast, a tiny sliver of ocean in the southeast of the state that manages to squeeze in several excellent beaches and the state's most appealing city: Portsmouth. For quieter pleasures, visit the south-central part of the state, where tiny New England villages jump right off a postcard and a climb up Mount Monadnock rewards with its own views; or seek out one of the smaller or more secluded lakes such as Lake Sunapee, which offer a more relaxed counterpoint to the summer craziness of Lake Winni. Wherever you go, you'll be ensured plenty of fresh air and a slower pace of life that can make traveling with a family here a dream.

You may also want to visit our Lake Winnipesaukee and our White Mountains destinations page for more information!

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