New Hampshire fall foliage

Best Places to See New Hampshire Fall Foliage

Every year, the arrival of beautiful burnt oranges, reds, and yellows in the trees accompanies the beginning of fall. And every year, the colors come and go before you know it. This time, set aside a chance to appreciate the breathtaking New Hampshire fall colors during your New England vacation, whether you choose to hike or drive through the mountains, around the lakes, or through countryside towns. Pencil in a few of our picks for the best New Hampshire fall foliage viewing spots nearby to your room at the Inn at Pleasant Lake

Here’s a guide to more scenic drives in New Hampshire

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Currier & Ives Scenic Byway 

The Currier & Ives Scenic Byway is a southern path from the Inn at Pleasant Lake, and it’s well worth the drive southeast to start your official leaf peeping in NH. This drive to see New Hampshire fall foliage could quickly turn into a day trip. Dozens of landmarks are scattered throughout the byway, such as the birthplace of Daniel Webster or the Blackwater River Dam. In addition, you can explore several colonial towns along the way.  

Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway

Hop on Highway 11 to get you to 103A, where you’ll find the Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway. The glistening water and rolling hills of Lake and Mount Sunapee among the colorful trees make this drive a beautiful sight to see.

Winslow State Park 

If you don’t want the barrier of a car window between you and the trees, one of the best foliage hikes in New Hampshire is through Winslow State Park. The 1,820-foot plateau provides views of the White Mountains from afar, as well as the surrounding rolling forests. Picnic on the plateau, and then hike to the top of Mt. Kearsarge after you’re fueled up and ready for the 1-mile trek. 

For more great hikes in the areas, see our local hiking guide.

New Hampshire Inns 

Return to our equally beautiful surroundings here at the Inn at Pleasant Lake after your New Hampshire fall foliage excursion. Finish your day of leaf peeping in NH with dinner at Oak & Grain, with a daily menu that features seasonal, local ingredients. If you want to continue to soak in the New Hampshire foliage during your trip, check out more fall things to do on our website, or give us a call at 603-873-4833.