New Hampshire Bucket List~ Monadnock Region

Final portion of the New Hampshire Bucket List series coming your way today! Tomorrow we move on into Massachusetts.


  • Rhododendron State Park: Hike beautiful nature trails in this mountain park.


  • Bears Den Natural Area: Fun short trail to hike along rock formations.


  • Greenfield State Park: This park features trails through the forest, bog, and along the pond.


  • Franklin Pierce Homestead: Visit the home of the 14th President of the United States.


  • Monadnock State Park: Hike trails along Mount Monadnock.


  • Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center: Explore artifacts from around the world in a “hands-on” way.
  • Miller State Park: Explore the oldest state park in New Hampshire.


  • Pillsbury State Park: Primitive park that is home to the headwaters of the Ashuelot River.


  • Pisgah State Park: Visit the wetlands of this area at this large state park.

Most attractions found in the New Hampshire Travel Guide.


New Hampshire Bucket List ~ Merrimack Valley Region

Today is a slightly shorter list for New Hampshire despite that fact that this region contains the capital city.


  • Bear Brook State Park: Gorgeous wooded area with several hiking trails.


  • New Hampshire State House: Tour the main government building of the state.


  • Robert Frost Farm: Home of this famous poet for a decade.


  • Pawtuckaway State Park: Quiet park located along a lake and mountains.


  • Clough State Park: Popular park located along Lake Everett.

Most attractions found in the New Hampshire Visitor Guide.

New Hampshire Bucket List ~ Seacoast Region

Today we explore the tiny part of New Hampshire that sits on the Atlantic coastline.


  • Stonehouse Pond: Beautiful loop trail around this small lake.


  • Adams Point: Popular wildlife refuge area with a loop trail.


  • Hampton Beach State Park: Park is located where the Hampton River meets the Atlantic Ocean.

New Castle

  • Fort Constitution: British fort that guarded Portsmouth Harbor.
  • Fort Stark: Remained active through the end of the Second World War and guarded the Portsmouth Harbor and naval yard.

North Hampton

  • North Hampton State Beach: Great swimming area on a one mile stretch of coastline.


  • Strawberry Banke: Outdoor museum that preserves the oldest neighborhood in Portsmouth.
  • Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion: Historic 18th century home and farm built by the governor of New Hampshire.


  • Odiorne Point State Park: Beautiful unique coastline area that contains the remains of an old WWII fortress, Fort Dearborn.
  • Rye Harbor State Park: Offers scenic views of the ocean.
  • White Island State Historic Site: Protects 5 acres of island and the Isle of Shoals Light.

Most attractions found in the New Hampshire Visitor Guide.

New Hampshire Bucket List ~ Lakes Region

Another day, another region. Today we move into an area filled with lakes!


  • Ellacoya State Park: Very popular park for swimming!


  • Ahern State Park: Located along a lakeshore, this park offers some great hiking trails.
  • Endicott Rock: Historic site with a large rock with inscriptions that date back to the formation of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.


  • Spindle Point Lighthouse: Unique lighthouse along the lake.


  • Castle in the Clouds: Unique mountain top estate that features some trails and waterfalls on the grounds.
  • The Loon Center: This wildlife sanctuary works hard to preserve natural habitats for loons.


  • Northwood Meadows State Park: Hike along the marshlands.


  • Polar Caves Park: Explore these caves formed during the last glacial movement.

Most attractions found in New Hampshire Visitor Guide.

New Hampshire Bucket List ~ Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region

Today we head into an area filled with lots of state parks! So much to enjoy here.


  • Hannah Duston Memorial: Honors the woman who was captured during King William’s War, and killed her captors to escape.


  • Wellington State Park: Features the largest freshwater swimming beach in the state.


  • Cornish Windsor Bridge: Longest wooden covered bridge in the United States.
  • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site: Home of one of America’s famous sculptors.


  • Daniel Webster Birthplace: Historic home of Daniel Webster.


  • Sculptured Rocks Natural Area: Hike along these rock formations and explore the little swimming hole.


  • Cardigan Mountain State Park: Hike trails along this mountain or summit to the top.


  • Lake Sunapee: Enjoy this lake and the three lighthouses along it.


  • Rollins State Park: Park located along the southern slope of Mount Kearsarge.


  • Plummers Ledge Natural Area: Features glacial potholes.


  • Winslow State Park: Located on the northwest side of Mount Kearsarge, this park has a short trail that leads to the summit!

Most attractions found in the New Hampshire Visitor Guide.

New Hampshire Bucket List ~ White Mountains Region

Exploring more of New Hampshire’s mountain areas today as we move further south in the state.


  • Chesterfield Gorge: Beautiful rocky gorge with waterfalls.


  • Champney Falls: Small series of cascades.

Hart’s Landing

  • Crawford Notch State Park: Sits where there is a major pass through the White Mountains and offers several hikes to waterfalls.


  • Weeks State Park: Preserves a historic estate on top of Prospect Mountain.


  • Franconia Notch State Park: The park within a large mountain pass offers waterfalls and the stunning Flume Gorge.

North Conway

  • Echo Lake State Park: Offers scenic views from two rock ledges within the park.

Sargent’s Purchase

  • Mount Washington State Park: This park sits at the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeast United States. Be sure to check out the historic Tip Top House hotel while visiting.

Most attractions found in the New Hampshire Visitor Guide.

New Hampshire Bucket List ~ Great North Woods Region

Today we begin to explore a new state in the Bucket List series: New Hampshire. While New Hampshire is a smaller state, they still manage to split it into seven distinct regions, with several fun things to explore in each. Today we begin in the northernmost region of the Great North Woods.


  • Jericho Mountain/Lake State Park: Nestled in the mountains, this lakeside park offers beautiful views, a swimming beach, and lots of trails to explore.


  • Beaver Brook Falls Wayside: This roadside park offers a nice picnic area and views of the falls.
  • Dixville Notch State Park: Beautiful mountain park that features a gorge and several waterfalls including Huntington Cascades.


  • Mollidgewock State Park: Nice wooded area to hike along the river.


  • Alpine Cascades: Fun waterfall located across a wire suspension bridge.


  • Milan Hill State Park: Enjoy hiking and views from the fire tower.


  • 45th Parallel Sign: Here you can find yourself halfway between the North Pole and the Equator.
  • Coleman State Park: Peaceful park filled with hiking trails along Lake Diamond.

Most attractions found in the New Hampshire Visitor Guide.