June 08, 2018
On a recent road trip through New Hampshire, our team had the opportunity of exploring the South, East, and North areas of the state in search of some beautiful tiny houses, and coincidentally were spoiled with some amazing drives along the way and some incredible places to visit!
Besides the allure of New Hampshire’s beautiful lakes, incredible mountains, and scenic drives, the recent emergence of tiny houses and tiny home builders throughout the state is what compelled us to visit in the first place!
From tiny house villages to RV parks to accessory dwelling units, you can find it all in New Hampshire. From our recent trip, we put together a 7-day itinerary for a Tiny House Road Trip through New Hampshire, packed with tiny houses to visit/stay in and incredible places to see along the way!
We recommend flying directly into Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), as it is the largest airport closest (and most likely cheapest to fly into!) to Southern New Hampshire where the epic road trip will begin!
Definitely plan on renting a car for the week-long trip (pickup and drop-off from BOS), as you will be driving from Southern New Hampshire up through the White Mountains, and back down to the South; this will undoubtedly be the best way to get around at your own pace, and to stop and see the incredible sights along the way—and trust me, there will be many!
Plan to spend a good portion of the day enjoying your stay at the Tuxbury Pond Tiny House Village, where you can stay in one of five beautiful Tumbleweed tiny homes, each equipped with your own firepit and picnic table, parked right on the Tuxbury Pond!
Points of Interest/Attractions: South Hampton Beach State Park, Hampton Beach State Park, Tuxbury Pond
Where to Stay: Tuxbury Pond Tiny House Village
After spending some time in South Hampton and Hampton Beach State Parks, you’ll want to head Northeast to Portsmouth—New Hampshire’s largest port city with gorgeous waterfront views to see and a thriving restaurant scene to indulge in!
You can easily spend a day walking around the downtown area of Portsmouth (Market, State, and Pleasant Streets) visiting coffee shops, trying some delicious food, and doing a bit of shopping if you’d like!
Points of Interest/Attractions: Portsmouth downtown, Castle Island, Rye Beach
Where to Stay: Tiny House Airbnb
Today, we’ll hit the open road bright and early and head up north to the White Mountains (about a 2-hour drive taking tolls, but closer to a 3-hour trip using the freeway)! Although not too far of a drive, we’ll break up the drive in half to add a stop in Wakefield, NH to visit a tiny house builder, Tiny House Northeast! Their hours of operation are 10am – 6pm, so be sure to contact them beforehand to schedule a visit!
After lunch, we’ll continue up north to North Conway, where we’ll settle in for a few nights and use as a home base to explore the White Mountains!
With more than a half-day to spare, we’ll head up to Diana’s Baths and Glen Ellis Falls to cool off in these incredible falls! Diana’s Baths will be first up—its easy access means you can easily see this place in 1-2 hours with enough time to spare for a short trip up to Glen Ellis Falls afterwards.
After getting a bite to eat and exploring the town of North Conway, make sure to get some much-needed rest as Day 4 will be a long, but exciting one!
Points of Interest/Attractions: Tiny House Northeast, North Conway, Diana’s Baths, Glen Ellis Falls
Where to Stay: Tiny House ADU in North Conway
After grabbing a bite for breakfast, we’ll head 30 minutes up north to the Mt. Washington Auto Road to climb Mt. Washington, the Northeast’s highest peak at 6288’, by car!
Prices to drive the auto road are $31 for the driver plus $9 per adult passenger, $7 per child passenger (ages 5-12), and free for children under 5! You may also ascend with a 2-hour guided tour, but this is much more expensive at $36 per adult and $16 per child. The self-drive option is a great option nonetheless as you are given a 30-minute audio disk that you may listen to on the ascent that narrates the history of the Auto Road and Mt. Washington.
Be sure to check the hours of operations for the dates you will be there, but for most of the season, the auto road opens at 8am. You’ll definitely want to visit on a weekday and arrive as soon as the road opens, as this will allow for a calmer ascent and descent, and you’ll be able to enjoy the scenic views along the way at your own pace.
With a calm and unrushed pace, you should be able to complete the roundtrip journey in under 3 hours, giving you plenty of time to get a bite to eat for lunch and head to the Flume Gorge, a natural gorge extending 800’ horizontally at the base of Mt. Liberty in the White Mountains.
You’ll want to head south from the Auto Road entrance to take the Kancamagus Highway towards the gorge. The highway is a 34-mile scenic drive through the White Mountains with rivers flowing alongside it for the majority of the ride, and an absolute MUST VISIT in New Hampshire!
After visiting the gorge, you’ll want to head back to North Conway via the Kancamagus Highway to rest up for tomorrow.
Points of Interest/Attractions: Mt. Washington Auto Road, Kancamagus Highway, Flume Gorge, Franconia Notch State Park, Lincoln
Where to Stay: Tiny House ADU in North Conway
After a long and busy day, today will consist of a short drive down to Lake Winnipesaukee to soak up some sun and relax on the water!
You’ll want to stop in Wolfeboro on Lake Winnipesaukee, the nation’s oldest summer resort town. There are a few public access docks in the town, which you can use to take a dip in the lake or you can rent a small sport boat to take out on the water starting at around $135 for 2 hours.
Spend some time relaxing on the lake, and when you are ready for some shade, take a drive along the lake to take in some incredible views!
After the lake, you’ll head down south to where you’ll rest for the night in Epsom, NH. If you still have some time or energy, head to Concord, New Hampshire’s capital, for dinner which is a short 20-minute drive away!
Points of Interest/Attractions: Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro, Epsom, Concord
Where to Stay: Getaway House
If you didn’t get a chance to explore Concord much last night, take a couple of hours in the morning to explore the small downtown area to see the State Library, NH Historical Society, and the State House! After breakfast, you’ll want to head West to visit another NH-based tiny home builder, Tiny Living Spaces!
Next, you’ll drive down to have lunch and spend the afternoon in Manchester, New Hampshire’s largest city and economic epicenter. Manchester is a great place to wind down and have a stroll along the main street, have a nice, relaxing lunch, and watch the beautiful sunset over the Merrimack River.
Points of Interest/Attractions: Tiny Living Spaces, Concord, Manchester
Where to Stay: Getaway House
Your epic road trip through New Hampshire is slowly coming to an end, but you’ll still have a chance to visit one last place before flying out tonight—Nashua, New Hampshire’s second largest city located in the South!
Nashua is a quaint, historic town with a rich history and a bright future on the horizon. Although still a small city relative to major US cities, there is still plenty to see in a half-day, such as having lunch in the downtown area and visiting the nearby Mine Falls Park.
After a relaxing day in Nashua, you’ll head down south to Boston to catch your flight back home!
Points of Interest/Attractions: Nashua, Mine Falls Park, Greeley Park
Disclaimer: In collaboration with NH Division of Travel and Tourism Development. This is a sponsored post, however all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are our own and not influenced by the developing company, and/or its affiliates, in any way.
My name is Alan—founder at Dream Big Live Tiny Co! A few years ago, I quit my consulting job to pursue a life full of adventure. After traveling around the world for a year, I sold most of my stuff and moved into an 160-sqft tiny house. Now I spend most of my time showcasing incredible people living with less in pursuit of more freedom, as well as incredible tiny houses around the world!
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