• Scenic fall view in North Conway, New Hampshire.
    Scenic view in North Conway
    New Hampshire

Scenic New England Road Trip (Northern)

Maine & New Hampshire

Also see: Scenic New England Road Trip (Southern)


Along this scenic New England road trip you will see historic villages, cheerful country inns and enticing shops with antiques and crafts. Whether you hug the rugged coastline, swoop through wooded hills or meander past farms and meadowlands, the New England landscape is easy on the eye.

Trip ideas and itineraries are meant as suggestions only. They are intended as ideas and to highlight all there is to see and do in New England.

  1. Acadia National Park, Maine: Mount Desert Island
    Rugged and rocky, with mountains, lakes, harbors and sandy beaches, this island is New England’s second largest and half of it is protected land. Stop at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center, then drive the 27-mile Loop Road. Or, hike and bike; there are more than 50 miles of trails and ‘carriage roads.’ Outside the park is Bar Harbor, fashionable in the 19th century with artists and wealthy families who built spacious summer homes.
  2. Routes 17 and 4, Maine: From Mexico to Madrid
    This route – the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway – of approximately 50 miles takes you through the dramatic lakes and mountains region that is home to moose, bears, bobcats and eagles. From Mexico to Byron, canoeists shoot the rapids on the Swift River; at the Height of Land pullout, views are panoramic. The village of Oquossoc stands between Rangeley Lake and the delightfully named Mooselookmeguntic Lake, all of 16,000 watery acres. Off Route 4, Saddleback Mountain rises to more than 4,000 feet.
  3. Routes 1A and 1B, New Hampshire: Along the Coast
    New Hampshire’s coastline is short but there is plenty to see and do. On this 18-mile route, you follow the ocean from Seabrook Beach to Portsmouth, past the miles of sand of Hampton Beach to Fort Constitution, raided by Colonials back in 1774. The state’s smallest town, picturesque New Castle, harks back to the 19th century; the Seacoast Science Center focuses on the environment; and the mysterious offshore Isles of Shoals are just a boat ride away.
  4. Routes 9 and 127, New Hampshire: Rural Charms
    Rural New Hampshire, with its friendly towns, Colonial homes and lovely countryside, is typical of New England. The 75 miles from Keene to Franklin incorporate the Currier and Ives Trail, taking you to Hopkinton and Henniker, with their covered bridges, and the birthplace of 19th century statesman, Daniel Webster. To see the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, take a short detour to Warner.

Also see: Scenic New England Road Trip (Southern)