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Lancaster is in the south west corner of the the Great North Woods region which combines Northern New Hampshire, parts of Northern Vermont, and parts of Western Maine. These areas of the three states have a tremendous amount to offer visitors with a wide range of activities and things to see. It's almost impossible for a person visiting one of these states to learn about items of interest in the neighboring states. When you begin to realize the amazing amount the region has to offer, you'll want to spend many seasons here exploring and enjoying the area.


Here's a list of things to do and see in and around Lancaster from the Chamber of Commerce:

(This is a very short list! Look through my web sites and you'll see MUCH more!)

WEEKS STATE PARK Located off Route 3 the park is open Wednesday - Sunday during the summer, and on weekends through early October. This 420 acre estate is a historic site located atop Mt. Prospect and includes a maintained mansion and observatory tower. Call 603- 788-3155. WEATHERVANE THEATER (July & August) Located in nearby Whitefield on Route 3 is New Hampshire's northernmost barn theater. Founded in 1966 by Tom Haas and Gibbs Murray the theater provides a variety of performances in rotating repertory. Call 603-837-9322 for schedule of plays and ticket information. CHRISTIE'S MAPLE FARM Located on Route 2, just east of town you'll find an exquisite post & beam sugarhouse. Enjoy the panoramic views while the whole family learns about the maple sugar process. Join the Christie's Sundays from 7-11 am for a "Sugarhouse Breakfast" beginning Memorial Day through Columbus Day. They feature a full range of maple products such as candies, creams, and sugars along with maple gift baskets and native crafts. Open 9-5 June till Christmas. Call 603-788-2118.
FLYING TOURS & MOOSE WATCHING TOURS Located in Whitefield you'll find Presidential Flying Tours. Open 9:00 - 6:00 seven days a week the tours are available, weather permitting. All flights early morning and sunset/twilight require a reservation (by 4:00 pm). You'll get a bird's eye view of the White Mountains of New Hampshire! Call 603-837-3156. MAPLE SUGAR SUNDAY (March) Local sugar house operators invite you in to learn how to identify a sugar maple, tap it, gather sap and boil it down into delicious maple syrup. Also hear how maple syrup was discovered and taste the hot syrup right from the boiler! GRAYMIST FARM TOURS (Group tours available) Located in nearby Groveton you can tour a working, modern dairy farm, vegetable/cut flower operation. Pet farm animals, sample complimentary ice cream, and also view how newspaper bedding is recycled into compost! Visit the farm's unique farm market shoppe. Tours are available year round. Must call in advance to arrange tours at 603-636-1294.
WILDER-HOLTEN HOUSE Located at the intersection of Routes 2 & 3 you will find the first two-story house in Coos County, built in 1780. Gathered within it now are many artifacts of Lancaster's life since its chartering in 1763. It is two centuries of history representing a collection of mementos of life in this place and the people it produced. Also acclaimed for maintaining noted history of Coos County. Call 603-788-3695. FOREST LAKE STATE BEACH Located in Whitefield off Route 116 south you'll find one of the original state parks dating from 1935. This 50 acre site has a 200 foot long swimming beach, bathhouse and picnic sites. Open June to Labor Day. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, call 603-837-9150. Various bike routes, hiking trails, parks, camping, X-country ski trails, alpine skiing, covered bridges, foliage drives, golf courses, and more await you. Stop by the Information Booth in the center of Lancaster (summer only) for any assistance you may need.


A little known secret is Lancaster NH's strategic location right in the middle of some great ski areas. You can stay in one spot, and sample trails on a lot of different mountains. Amazing off season rates for lodging right in the middle of snow country!
Lancaster is right in the middle of some of the best snowmobile trails in New England. All of the services you require are available either right from a trail or a very short walk! Click here to Great North Woods Snowmobiling. There's a lot to do up here year 'round. There are a lot of great snowmobiling trails around here, as well as hiking and cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowshoeing. Some of the best (and most dangerous) ice climbing in the world. If you're going to hike or do other activities at high elevations on our mountains, come prepared and trained. There's a long list in the visitor center at the top of Mount Washington of the cadavers that local rescuers have had to haul down. Please don't become one of them! As always, the North Country of New Hampshire and Vermont offers an amazing variety of things to do in the summer. People from all over the world return year after year, often bringing friends and relatives to share the experience. They find an area unspoiled by the glitz and hype often found in tourist traps, yet offering a variety of entertainment, dining, and learning experiences to satisfy anyone.

Directions

To get to Lancaster NH from the south:
Interstate 93 North to Exit 35, 
Route 3 North.

You'll notice Franconia Notch Parkway exit 
numbers start over at "1", "2", etc. 
As soon as you pass through the notch 
the normal interstate numbers resume. 
The image on the right is of the exit 
sign from I-93 North.

Link to NH route 3, Lancaster

 
	  
                Interstate 91 North to Route 2 East

	  From the west:  Route 2 east

	  From the east:  Route 2 west or Route 302 west to route 3 north.

	  From the north: Route 91 south to Route 2 East
	  
                Or Route 3 south.


	  Flying:

	  Manchester NH has a new secret most folks don't know about!
	  A brand new airport! You can bypass the hassle of Boston,
	  and get right to the fun! Fly into Manchester, rent a car,
	  and come to Lancaster!
	    From the airport parking lot, drive down the access road
	  to Brown Avenue. Turn right. In about a half a mile turn
	  right onto 293 east. (Before you go under the highway bridge.)
	  After passing under the next bridge, get in your left lane.
	  Take Interstate 93 north. After passing through Franconia Notch,
	  take exit 35 for Route 3 North and Lancaster.
	  Lancaster is about a half hour drive north of the Notch.
	  As you drive through the notch, you might like to turn off
	  at the parking area marked 'Old Man Viewing'. Looking across
	  the road and up, if it's clear you'll see the famous 'Old Man'.


Another way to navigate is to click on the route signs below.

Link to NH I-93

 NH I-93

link to NH route 3

NH 3

Link to New Hampshire Route 2 

NH 2

Yet another way is to click here and go to a clickable map of New Hampshire.


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