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New Hampshire Tent Camping Trip
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New Hampshire’s US-3 is accessed at the Massachusetts border and winds its way north following I-93 and the Merrimack River into the highlands of state’s northern stretches.
Our merry New Hampshire tent camping travels begin in the scenic Merrimack Valley in the southern edge of the state. The area is home to the state’s first settlements and features many historic towns scattered around the valley. US-3 is a great way to explore the region. Most travelers stay on the speedy I-93 and are too busy to explore this interesting region. Your first stop should be at the town of Nashua, replete with summer activities. In Nashua you’ll find ample examples of local culture, including several theaters and orchestras. Check in at the Nashua Center for the Arts for a complete list of what’s happening during your visit. Enjoy strolling through the downtown area and along Water and Factory streets, where restored brick mill buildings are occupied once again with retail businesses and professional offices.
Next, visit Manchester, New Hampshire’s largest city. First settled in 1650, Manchester was once a booming mill town and still retains its splendid historic village architecture from that bygone era. Visit the Zimmerman House, the only house in the state designed by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. A dazzling visit is also in store for you at the SEE Science Center, a new interactive science museum with something for everyone to enjoy.
The town’s waterfront area has experienced a wonderful revival of late, and at its heart is the new Fisher Cats Baseball Stadium, home to a new minor league franchise brought to Manchester just a few years ago.
Heading north you’ll soon enter Concord, the state capital. Concord has so many historic sites scattered in and around town. To get caught up on all the misplaces to see and activities offered, stop by the New Hampshire Antiquarian Society. At the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, you can explore outer space in this museum dedicated to the memory of the late school teacher/astronaut.
Once you’ve moved on from Concord, consider a side trip north along I-93 a few miles to Canterbury Shaker Village, one of the state’s most impressive locales. Set over 694 acres, the village consists of 24 buildings,s all part of a former working Shaker village that thrived here between 1780 and 1990. Besides Shaker living history, the village is home to several walking trails and one of the finest restaurants in New Hampshire, The Creamery.
Back on US-3, make your way north. The road goes through Laconia and conveniently to Lake Winnipesaukee, an excellent retreat here in central New Hampshire. The largest freshwater lake in the state, it is lake is jammed with vacationers during the summer months.
If a long strip of pizza parlors, arcades, water slides, and mini-golf sounds like good times, then Weirs Beach awaits you. Otherwise, let’s press on to the charming town of Meredith, located along the western edge of the lake. Meredith also has seen a resurrection of sorts in recent years. The old mill houses that line its downtown area have been renovated and are now restaurants, shops, and more in this historic village. Clearwater Campground is one of the New Hampshire tent campgrounds to check out in this area.
North of Plymouth, US-3 merges with I-93 heading north. But this is no time to get caught up on a speedy interstate. In fact, we recommend just the opposite. Slow down and take some time off because you’re now in the stunning White Mountain National Forest, the state’s most remarkable display of natural beauty. The park encompasses 768,000 acres, more than you’ll ever need for any outdoor excursions. Consider a trip along the Kancamagus National Scenic Byway, which runs west to east beginning at the town of North Woodstock, ending at Conway. After that, why not choose from among the park’s several campgrounds and stay a while, before pondering our next move? Russell Pond Campground is one of the New Hampshire tent campgrounds to check out in this area.
Upon leaving the White Mountain area US-3 continues through Northern New Hampshire through Lancaster, North Stratford, Colebrook, and past the 3 Connecticut Lakes, finally reaching its New Hampshire tent camping terminus at the Canadian border.
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