Lakes Region: Places to Explore

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  • Alton Bay

    Lake Winnipesaukee's southern shore is alive with visitors from the moment the first flower blooms until the last maple sheds its leaves. Two mountain ridges hold 7 miles of the lake in Alton Bay,...

  • Bristol

    The small workaday town of Bristol serves as a base for exploring one of the Lakes Region's greatest treasures: 4,000-acre Newfound Lake, one of the state's deepest and purest bodies of water. You...

  • Center Sandwich

    With Squam Lake to the west and the Sandwich Mountains to the north, Center Sandwich claims one of the prettiest settings of any Lakes Region community. So appealing are the town and its views...

  • Holderness

    Routes 25B and 25 lead to the prim small town of Holderness, between Squam and Little Squam lakes. On Golden Pond, starring Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, was filmed on Squam, whose quiet...

  • Laconia

    The arrival in Laconia—then called Meredith Bridge—of the railroad in 1848 turned the once-sleepy hamlet into the Lakes Region's chief manufacturing hub. It acts today as the area's supply...

  • Meredith

    Meredith is a favored spot for water sports enthusiasts and anglers. For a true taste of Meredith, take a walk down Main Street, just one block from busy Route 3, which is dotted with intimate...

  • Plymouth

    Home to Plymouth State College, whose small but attractive campus clings to a steep hill looming over a bustling downtown, Plymouth acts as a bridge between the Lakes Region and the White...

  • Tamworth

    President Grover Cleveland summered in what remains a village of almost unreal quaintness—it's equally photogenic in verdant summer, during the fall foliage season, or under a blanket of winter...

  • Weirs Beach

    Weirs Beach is Lake Winnipesaukee's center for arcade activity. Anyone who loves souvenir shops, fireworks, waterslides, hordes of children, and even a drive-in theater will feel right at home....

  • Wolfeboro

    Quietly upscale and decidedly preppy Wolfeboro has been a resort since Royal Governor John Wentworth built his summer home on the shore of the lake in 1768. The town bills itself as the oldest...

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