New Hampshire

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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to New Hampshire

Peak Season: June to August

Though there’s plenty to do year-round, summer is the season that sees the most visitors (many of whom have second homes in the state), especially in the Lakes Region in southern New Hampshire. Accommodations should be booked in advance to secure prime lakeside rooms, but, even then, expect peak-season prices.

Off Season: December to May

Aside from busy holiday weekends at the major ski resorts, winter in New Hampshire is fairly quiet. The real lull, though, is in March and April when the snow finally melts and leads to “mud season,” which can wreak havoc on country back roads. Winter hotel rates are lower overall but really dip just after Christmas; watch out for midweek specials for even deeper discounts. 

Sweet Spot: September to November

The crowds start to thin out after Labor Day (although hotels still do a good business and still charge a premium), but the gorgeous fall foliage, which can be seen pretty much everywhere in the state, is some of the best in New England.

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