New Hampshire is also the home/former home to many comedians from Adam Sandler to Seth Myers and even Sarah Silverman!
Thus smiles are standard in this part of the USA!
So Start your engines, wind down the windows and lets hit the road!
How long will a road trip take from New York to New Hampshire?
Driving direct between New York City and Portsmouth, New Hampshire will take you approximately 4hrs and 30 minutes. Via I-95.
You will cover 263miles, this makes it ideal for a weekend escape or long day trip!
Of course you can also carry on the journey to quaint cities such as Manchester, New Hampshire!
NYC to New Hampshire Road Trip
Best driving route between New York & New Hampshire?
Route 1: Fastest (Not as Scenic)
There are a variety of driving routes you can take to New Hampshire from New York. If you wish to drive direct you can take the I-95 then the I-91 at New Hampshire, which is the fastest but not the most scenic.
Route 2: Scenic Detour
If you have a little longer then take the I-95 and stick to it via Rhode Island, Providence and of course the beautiful atlantic coast.
Where you get close to Boston you can choose whether to swerve around it to avoid the traffic or delve into the city to experience all it has to offer.
Route 3: Road Trip loop via Niagara falls!
If your feeling really adventurous and have a few more days, you should definitely consider a road trip loop via Niagara Falls!
Continue the journey past Manchester, New Hampshire before heading through Albany, Cooperstown and the beautiful Finger Lakes Region!
Continue the drive on till Niagara Falls before looping back around.
Finger Lakes New York
All three routes are outlined in our Interactive map below!
New York to New Hampshire: Road Trip Map
Dive into our Interactive Map below!
User guide: Use the +/- buttons to zoom in and out of the attractions.
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Visit on a Thursday afternoon when admission is by pay-as-you-wish donation
3. Rope Adventure Park
With the family? Have some Adventurers should at the LARGEST rope adventure park in the world! This is a great place for kids and adrenaline junkies it includes a plethora of zip lines, rope birdges, and climbing walls.
2. East Rock Park
Check out the epic views of New Haven from East Rock Park. You can drive right up to the summit and take in the breath taking scenery. This is especially beautiful during the fall.
New Haven Connecticut. Source: Getty Images
1. Take part in the Pizza wars!
In 1925, an Italian immigrant named Frank Pepe created New Haven’s signature style of pizza, with the thin-crust, coal oven–baked tomato pie topped sprinkled with grated cheese.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire is an historic harbor city known for its waterfront scenery, great food, atmosphere and even tax free shopping!
Top 4 Things in Portsmouth?
4. Portsmouth Harbor
Portsmouth is perched in a ideal location overlooking the mouth of the stunning Piscataqua River, which divides New Hampshire & Maine.
Take a stroll along the Portsmouth Harbor Trail, which covers over 70 historic sites and gives you a real insight into the local culture.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA townscape.
3. Tax FREE Shopping!
Head to Downtown Portsmouth where you will find a plethora of charming boutiques & local shops. Take a stroll down Congress Street and the little side street where you will find everything from art & clothing to antiques and jewellery.
Market Square in central downtown offers many local walking tours. Explore the 17th century buildings and check out Tugboat Alley which offers many traditional nautical gifts and collectables.
The Book and Bar is the Old Custom House, which now offers a relaxed, no-tech atmosphere with a wide selection of used books and a cafe. Oh and did i mention…No sales tax!
2. Incredible Local foods!
From Casual treats to fine dining Portsmouth has alot to offer. For the laid back foodie head to Lexie’s Joint which offers a make-your-own burger option!
If you just want something quick for the road check out, Friendly Toast. It is located on Congress Street & is a family-friendly restaurant which serves breakfast all day and a selection of mouth watering dishes and sandwiches to go.
For something a even more eastern, head to Shio a classic Japanese restaurant with great sushi.
You can also take guided tours of this trail or even hop on board one of the daily Portsmouth Harbor Cruises, which offer narrated tours about the local wildlife, folklore, and history of the waterways.