But there are a number of quieter, less busy lakes that are excellent for relaxing. Especially noteworthy are Newfound Lake, Squam Lake, and lakes Winnisquam and Ossipee. Most of these lakes have the foothills of the White Mountains as their backdrop and offer stunning scenery, particularly in autumn.
Continuing north, whether on back roads or on Interstate 93, you will soon pass into Franconia Notch State Park, through which also passes the Appalachian Trail. In addition to the terrific hiking, there are many family attractions for varying ages, from Storyland and Santa’s Village to the Flume Gorge and Lost River. This area is beautiful in the summer and spectacular during the fall foliage season. Just keep in mind that should you visit this area in the fall, you will be joined by throngs of leaf peepers from all over the Northeast. It can get quite crowded, although it is generally well worth it.