Guided tours can be traced back to the mid-18th century, before luxury travel was even widely accessible or practiced. A good tour guide can create an atmosphere of education and excitement, and draw you into a particular surrounding or history. Discover a whole new side of New Hampshire with our picks for best guided tours, from natural exploration to historical discovery to the mechanics of beer.
If you have a special, dark spot in your heart for spooky, scary things, look no further than New England Curiosities Tours. As much historical as they are paranormal, this Portsmouth outlet has the honor of being New Hampshire’s only ghost tour, and does its title proud. Choose from topics like the waterfront, lighthouses, and grave yards, and prepare to be scared—and informed!—out of your wits.
Whether you’re an experienced snowmobiler, or looking to add something new to the activities rotation, Northern Extremes Snowmobiling Tours is a great way to spend some time outdoors and catch some thrills. Choose from guided options like a one hour tour, or the popular “Gilligan’s Three Hour Tour,” and hit the trails with some of the most best instructors and guides around. Each tour is limited to five sleds, so each attendee can expect individualized attention and an exciting ride!
With all tours departing from Concord, Terrapin is one of the best quality tour operators in state. Though the trip may take you past our stately borders, a tour with these New Hampshire knockouts is worth the journey. Choose from options like the Lakes and Lavender of Quebec, Coastal Maine, and the New York Finger Lakes, and prepare to be blown away. Make new friends, and learn about something new, with this top quality outlet headquartered in North Woodstock.
With three set tour options, including two in Portsmouth and a third in Maine, Seacoast New Hampshire Heritage Tours is a great way to be a tourist in your own neck of the woods. Explore the history and beauty of Portsmouth’s waterfront, or journey to the beauty of York, Maine, with one of the most well established tour companies in the state.
From athletics to industrialization, Manchester Guided Tours has your favorite topics covered. Whether you prefer bike, taxi, boat, or bus, these customizable tours are as accessible as they are exciting, and feature some of the most knowledgeable guides in state.
For one of the best opportunities to get to know the local brewing scene, visit Smuttynose. A half hour tour costs just a $2 charitable donation, and $4 addition will buy you a post-tour sampler of suds. Learn where your beer comes from, from the Smuttynose culture to brewing technology, at this lovely Victorian setting. Tours run all week, except Monday and Tuesday.
If you’re crazy for animals, a Pemi Valley Moose Tour is just for you. Spend three and a half hours on an air-conditioned bus, spotting these half-ton wonders with the help of a driver and guide. Check out select historical attractions along the way, and learn about local wildlife.
Interesting, informative, and just a little bit naughty, the Underbelly Tour of Portsmouth is a lighthearted-yet-accurate take on local history. Discover Paul Revere’s lesser known ride to Portsmouth, or the historical Red Light District of the city, as you join talented, costumed guides for your tour. Feel history come alive as you navigate the streets and stories of Portsmouth.
Specifically for women Vesta Velo Cycling provides fully supported bike tours of New Hampshire. Whether you’re a lifelong cycler, or looking to ignite your passion for pedaling, Vesta Velo is waiting by to make your journey a success. Choose either a weekend or weeklong program, and leave your cares behind for days filled with hearty exercise, fresh air, and incredible camaraderie.
Another great option for exploring the New Hampshire wilderness, Dan’s Scenic Tours is a White Mountains favorite. With multiple tour options, including one based around incredible autumn foliage, visitors can expect to find some excitement and a couple moose along the way!