With majestic mountains, deep emerald forests, lush valleys, and clean sapphire-blue rivers and lakes, New Hampshire offers a selection of diverse, breathtaking cities and towns. If you’re looking for a scenic Memorial Day weekend getaway, look no further than this New England state. Nearby most New Hampshire vacation rentals are almost endless opportunities for fun outdoor recreation, rich cultural experiences, soothing relaxation, and fine dining. Here are the most notable Memorial Day weekend getaway spots in New Hampshire.

1. Pittsburg

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The town of Pittsburg lies in the region known as the Great North Woods at the northern edge of New Hampshire near the border of Canada. By Memorial Day, the breathtaking surrounding wilderness is lush with greenery and wildflowers. Hike the Falls in the River Trail, where you often spot some of the area’s many moose. Fish the Connecticut River and the chain of lakes called the Connecticut Lakes for trout and landlocked salmon. Paddle the pristine waterways in a kayak or canoe. Bear Rock Adventures rents ATVs and guides you into the wilderness along interconnected trails for wildlife observation and photography. Feast on bison, elk or venison in a rustic atmosphere at the Rainbow Grille.

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2. Berlin

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The city of Berlin is just north of the White Mountains along the beautiful Androscoggin River in northeastern New Hampshire. Join Heritage Tour of Berlin to discover the historic roots of this fascinating town. Trail Angels Hiker Services shuttles you to trailheads in the White Mountains where you can hike and observe wildlife. TNT Guide Service offers fishing expeditions to nearby lakes, rivers, and ponds. Join Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center out of nearby Gorham to explore the Androscoggin River by kayak. Bretton Woods Canopy Tours opens for Memorial Day weekend and takes you on a three-hour zipline adventure through breathtaking scenery in the White Mountains. Check out J’s Corner Restaurant and Lounge in nearby Gorham for excellent New England cuisine in a fine dining ambiance.

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3. Conway

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Vacation rentals in the villages that comprise the town of Conway lie along the Saco River southeast of the White Mountain National Forest in eastern New Hampshire. Join MVW Moose Bus Tours, and head out into the forest to view these iconic large animals. Black Ghost Boat Cruises takes you out onto Lake Conway for relaxing sightseeing and dining. The Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center is a fascinating interactive museum focusing on weather phenomena for people of all ages. Enjoy a first-class dining experience while you view spectacular mountains, valleys, woodlands, and fields aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad.

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4. Hanover

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Hanover, the home of famous Dartmouth College, sits on the east side of the Connecticut River in western New Hampshire. The historic Appalachian Trail passes through the town’s Main Street, and the Upper Valley Trails Alliance guides you to the best nearby hiking spots. The Storrs Pond Recreational Area has two sandy swimming beaches, and if the pond water is too brisk, there is also an indoor heated pool. The area also features pleasant Memorial Day weekend picnic areas and scenic woodlands with trails for walking and cycling. Play 18 holes on a beautiful course at Eastman Golf Links in nearby Grantham. Head for the Canoe Club of Hanover to relax with great food and live music.

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5. Laconia

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Located in the midst of the breathtaking Lakes Region in central New Hampshire, the city of Laconia offers breathtaking scenery along with fun recreational activities. Take a tour of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee aboard the luxurious Mount Washington cruise ship. For an unforgettable experience, view the magnificent Lake Region from above with Lakes Region Seaplane Services. Take the kids to Funspot Family Fun Center at Weir’s Beach in Laconia, which is renowned as having one of the world’s largest video game collections. Enjoy fine dining on a spacious outdoor deck at Brick Front Restaurant and Lounge.

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6. Concord

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Concord, the state capital, lies along the Merrimac River in south-central New Hampshire. From the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center, take a walking tour of Main Street in downtown Concord, where you can view historic buildings and browse through an eclectic range of shops. Quickwater Canoe and Kayak LLC rents watercraft to explore the beaches, coves, and scenic spots along the Merrimac River. Rent a bike at Goodale’s Bike Shop, and take advantage of the many cycling trails in and around the city. For a unique excursion, take a llama trek with Cicely Farm Llama Adventures. Enjoy Italian cuisine in an elegant atmosphere at Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano.

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7. Manchester

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The city of Manchester sits along the Merrimac River on the west side of Massabesic Lake in southern New Hampshire. The Currier Museum of Fine Art houses masterpieces from around the world, while the SEE Science Center offers interactive displays for children. America’s Stonehenge in nearby Salem is a 4,000-year-old archeological site with a maze of chambers and walls. Have outstanding shopping experiences in downtown Manchester and at the massive Mall of New Hampshire. Hanover Street Chophouse offers excellent steaks and other cuisine along with live music. Don’t miss the Manchester Memorial Day Parade, which begins on Elm and Webster Streets and ends at Veteran’s Park.

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8. Claremont

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The beautiful city of Claremont lies along the Connecticut River in southwestern New Hampshire. The scenic eight-mile Sugar River Recreational Trail is perfect for relaxing walking and cycling. Sargents Marina at nearby Lake Sunapee rents kayaks, canoes, and pontoon boats for fishing and water sports. Visit Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site to view the magnificent home, studios, and gardens of one of America’s most famous sculptors. The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens is another lovely location where you can stroll the grounds and explore nearby woodland trails. Downtown Taverne on the Square features French cuisine with a historic ambiance.

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9. Portsmouth

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Portsmouth lies at the mouth of the Piscataqua River on the seacoast in southeastern New Hampshire. Several beautiful beaches near the city are perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Atlantic Whale Watch takes you out on the open ocean to observe humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises, and other marine animals. Catch your own supper on the exciting Adventure Lobster Tours. Portsmouth River Cruises gives you an opportunity to observe the numerous lighthouses and other sights along the coastline. When you’re back on dry land, explore the city’s streets, parks, gardens, and historic buildings with PortCity Bike Tours.

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