New Hampshire is
well-connected to the rest of New England and the Northeast by
major north-south highways. Interstate 95 winds its way through
the coastal region of the state, running out of Boston north into
Portland, Maine. Interstate 93 runs directly through the middle of
the state and through the Lakes Region, providing out-of-state
travelers easy access to Laconia, Weirs Beach, Franklin, and all
the cities to the west of Lake Winnipesaukee. I-89 crosses New
Hampshire diagonally, running from Massachusetts in the southeast
to Vermont in the northwest, linking up major cities such as
Manchester and the state capital in Concord. Finally, to the west,
Interstate 91 runs north and south on the Vermont side of the
During the winter, New
Hampshire is well prepared and experienced at keeping its roads
safe and easily accessible.
The air traveler has a
number of choices when flying into northern New England. The Lakes
Region is within a few hours' drive of four large airports.
Together, these airports provide service on almost every carrier
from almost every point in North America.
- Manchester Airport
- One Airport Rd., Suite 300
- Manchester, NH 03103
- (603) 624-6539
- The Gateway to northern New England. Located close to New
Hampshire's most popular resort areas, Manchester is the
convenient, hassle-free alternative in air travel. Served by
USAir, United, COMAIR, Business Express, and Continental
Express. Non-stop service offered to major U.S. cities.
- Pease Airport/International Tradeport
- Spaulding Tpk.
- Portsmouth, NH 03801
- (603) 427-0350
- Portland International Jetport
- Portland, ME
- (207) 772-0690
- Logan International Airport
- Boston, MA
- (617) 973-5500
- Major international airport, serviced by flights to
almost every point on the globe. 2+ hours from the Lakes
Region by car.
Air Carriers Servicing the Lakes Region
- Business Express/The Delta Connection: (800)
- Continental Express: (800) 525-3400
- Comair: (800) 354-9822
- United Airlines/United Express: (800) 241-6522
- USAIR/US Express: (800) 428-4322
New Hampshire is serviced
by a number of bus lines, many of which originate from
Massachusetts and connect with Logan International Airport and the
Boston terminus for Amtrak. Travelers arriving in New England by
rail will have to disembark in Boston and continue by bus or car
into New Hampshire. Concord Trailways is a major bus line
connecting the state capital with Boston and the national
Trailways routes. Concord Trailways stops on the way into New
Hampshire along routes 3, 16, 25, and 104. C&J Trailways also
links New Hampshire to Boston via the city of Dover, in New
Hampshire's seacoast region near the Maine state line. C&J
buses travel along the Spaulding Turnpike and Interstate 95.
Distances to the Lakes Region
From major East Coast cities, these are the driving mileages to
Laconia, NH, the hub of the Lakes Region:
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According to the U.S.
Weather Bureau, the average temperature in central New Hampshire
ranges from about 20 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 70 degrees
in July. Average monthly precipitation is 3.2 inches.
Squam Lake Area
Squam Lake is the very
same lake as featured in the film, "On Golden Pond." To
commemorate this, there are guided boat tours available across
this pristine lake. Holderness and Ashland are the two main towns
on Squam Lake, complete with many lovely cottages, restaurants,
inns, and a covered bridge over the Squam River. The Science
Center of New Hampshire is located in Holderness, and features a
huge wildlife trail where you can see all varieties of animals
living in their natural habitats while undergoing physical
rehabilitation. Squam Lake lies to the northwest of Winnipesaukee
and can be reached by following Route 3/25 North from Weirs Beach.
Lake Winnisquam is the
setting for the towns of Belmont, Meredith, Sanbornton, and
Tilton, and its shoreline also laps at the city of Laconia. This
is an area full of cottages, resorts, and bed & breakfast
inns. A large factory outlet shopping center is located in Tilton.
This area lies just to the west of Laconia and Weirs Beach.
The Ossipee and White
Lakes are located in the northeast corner of the Lakes Region,
close to the Maine state line. Tamworth is the main city worth
noting in this area, as it is home to the very popular White Lake
State Park, which features campgrounds, boat rentals, and areas
for swimming and fishing along the shores of the beautiful White
Lake. The town is also a great place for mountain biking and is
home to the Barnstormers, New Hampshire's oldest summer theater.