New Hampshire Fall Foliage Driving Tours

These New Hampshire fall foliage driving tours will lead you to scenic places any time of the year, but you'll find these routes especially breathtaking during leaf peeping season. Here are some of New Hampshire's most scenic fall drives. Don't miss these cool New Hampshire covered bridges as you travel through the state.

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    Kancamagus Highway in autumn , White Mountain National Forest , New Hampshire

     

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    New Hampshire's National Scenic Byway with the tongue-twister name—the Kancamagus Highway—is New England's most superb scenic drive and a beloved fall foliage route. Plan your trip along the Kancamagus Highway with this driving tour, excerpted from my guide book, "Backroads of New England," which features photography by William H. Johnson.

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    Trees along the Route 3, Pittsburg to New Hampshire

     

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    Moose Alley, the stretch of Route 3 that runs from Pittsburg, New Hampshire, to the Canadian border, is one of the best places to see moose in New England. It's also a scenic drive through New Hampshire's wild and pristine Great North Woods—moose or no moose.

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    Autumn at Silver Cascade, Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire, USA

     

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    Although waterfalls are at their most dramatic in the spring, fall can be a wonderful time to visit and photograph these shimmering cascades framed by the rich reds and golds of autumn leaves. With more than a dozen accessible waterfalls, New Hampshire's Mt. Washington Valley is the perfect destination for a fall waterfall tour.

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    Connecticut River Scenic Byway

    The Cornish Windsor covered bridge connecting New Hampshire and Vermont

     

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    Trace the path of the Connecticut River, and enjoy changing colors as you visit small New Hampshire towns on this scenic drive. Be sure to leave time for a visit to the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

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    Drive the Lakes Loop

    Autumn foliage reflection along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee

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    It's 134 miles of breathtaking water and foliage views! The New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism Development suggests this driving itinerary that begins in Meredith and traces Lake Winnipesaukee en route to Wolfeboro, where the drive turns north and continues through picturesque small towns. Be sure to visit Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough for aerial views of Lake Winnipesaukee and leaves.

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    See New Hampshire's Prettiest Town Green

    Country courch surrounded by sugar maple tree in Hillsborough, NH

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    The Sunapee Loop—a drive in southwestern New Hampshire—takes you to a green you'll want to see in the fall. The town green in Washington, New Hampshire, is one of the prettiest you'll find in all of New England.

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    Rural road in the White Mountains National Forest during autumn

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    New Hampshire Magazine reveals its picks for the best leaf-peeping routes in each New Hampshire region.

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    Trees in Fall colors beside the road through White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

     

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    From the Bethlehem, New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, here are six suggested scenic drives for fall foliage season in the White Mountains (you'll need to scroll down the page to find them once you follow this link).

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    Early autumn road in the rural Monadnock region of New Hampshire in Peterborough

     

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    Fall colors tend to linger in the southwestern corner of New Hampshire, and these suggested driving tours from SouthwestNH.com will help you to see some of the region's glorious autumn scenes.