Foliage seekers from NH and beyond know to drive the White Mountain’s scenic Kancamagus Highway for unbeatable views. But in Sunapee, there’s a loop that gives the Kanc a run – err, drive – for its money.
Any foliage-lover knows to hop on The Kancamagus highway for a drive of unbeatable fall outlooks – but the lesser-known Sunapee Loop offers a variety of beautiful stops, as well as walkable college towns and attractions. Whichever you decide to embark on, check the Foliage Tracker to help plan your trip.
The Classic: The Kancamagus Highway
The Kancamagus Highway is a pillar of any quality New Hampshire foliage tour. This 34-mile drive along Route 112 snakes uninterrupted through the dense tree coverage of the White Mountain National Forest. Must-see stops include the Lower Falls, where the foliage meets the Swift River, and up the Kancamagus Pass, which includes scenic vistas at the Sugar Hill Overlook and Pemigewasset Overlook.
The Counterpart: Sunapee Loop Scenic Drive
At roughly 140 miles, the Sunapee Loop winds around the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region, perfectly highlighting the area’s small towns, from the idyllic village green in Washington, to notable college towns like New London and Henniker, to Hillsborough, where the 14th President of the United States – and the only president from New Hampshire – is celebrated at the Franklin Pierce Homestead.