Kancamagus Scenic Byway. View larger map with printable directions.
Late May thru September is great riding in Vermont and New Hampshire. The less crowded winter ski towns offer accomodations and food. Fall brings the changing leaves and plenty of onlookers.
Kancamagus Scenic Byway
50 miles north of Laconia NH's June bike week is one impressive road thru the White Mountains. East & west from Conway to Lincoln, the 37 miles of stunning scenery on the Kancamagus Scenic Byway or Hwy 112 does not disappoint, but watch out for the moose. Here's more routes in the White Mountains, a map of some area highlights, and some fall folliage photos.
17 miles south of Lincoln, overlooking a covered bridge on the picturesque Pemigewasset River, is the Country Cow Restaurant and Bar. Easily accessible from US 3 (Daniel Webster Hwy) or I-93, it was featured on the Food Network show Restaurant Impossible in 2014.
Ride 8 miles up to the summit on the Mt Washington Auto Rd located on Hwy 16 north of the Kancamagus Hwy. See larger map with directions. In 2014 the cost for you and a passenger was $24. Or you can ride the Cog Railway up the western slope for a more leisurely trip.
Lancaster, NH is just 40 miles north of Lincoln. Cross over the Connecticut River on Bridge St (US 2) and then head north on Vermont 102, which has been called a "frisky" ride for 45 miles to Canaan, just 2 miles south of Canada. Turn right on Gale St (Hwy 114), cross the river to NH, turn right on US 3, and you're headed back to Lancaster, 90 miles roundtrip. This is part of the north section of the Connecticut River Byway. Here's more Connecticut River Byway info.
Across the river from the Connecticut Scenic Byway in Windsor, VT the American Precision Museum, Open May 26 – October 31, 10am – 5pm daily, is said to hold the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the nation.
New England Riders (NER) - www.newenglandriders.org
lists their favorite roads by state!
New England Riders has no dues, officers, or rules. All motorcycles are welcome to enjoy the rides, which are planned and posted by individuals. You can check out the NER forum as a guest or join for free. The group's favorite Vermont rides are listed here.
Rentals - Fly & Ride options
You can fly into Manchester, NH (MHT) and rent Harleys and other makes from Eagle Rider in Manchester, or rent from Laconia Harley about 60 miles north in Meredith, on Lake Winnepesaukee, New Hampshire's largest lake. There's plenty of groundtransportation to Meredith from Manchester.
Burlington, VT offers another fly and ride option just 100 miles NW of Lincoln, NH. Conventiently located near the Burlington International Airport, Moto Vermont offers bike rentals and tours.
US Hwy 7 runs south from Burlington 135 miles through Vermont, then across western Massachusetts and western Connecticut.