Scenic Drives - Lakes and Quaint Village Tour

Lakes and Quaint Village Tour

The Lakes Region in addition to the lakes it’s known for the quaint New England towns and villages- many dating back over 200 years. This tour will take you through a few of them.

Start in Milton, originally part of Rochester, was settled in 1760. Milton is full of history – their Public Library is housed in a building that was constructed in 1875 as a school house, and continued in that role until 1991. The architecture of the school house is known for its French second empire style with dormer windows upstairs and its mansard style roof.

Wakefield History

Credit : Wakefield-Brookfield Historical Society

As you continue through the quaint village, head north on 153 to bring you to the historic Wakefield, home to several 18th and 19th- century buildings. The Little Red Schoolhouse was built in Wakefield corner in 1858 at the cost of $1000.00. This schoolhouse closed in 1943, but is now the home of the Historical Society that still meets in this building today. Also there are plenty of lakes in the areas such as the Lovell Lake a popular recreation area for boating, swimming, water-skiing or basking in the scenic beauty.

Continuing north on 153, you will drive through forest and lakes, tucked into the hills hugging Maine’s border. You will continue along the banks of the Ossipee River, where you may be able to see a glimpse of a blue heron, beaver, mink, river otters and much more. During the winter, this area brings skiing and the beauty of snow-laden trees. In the winter, stop at King Pine at Purity Spring Resort for some downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, or tubing. Or anytime of the year, you can for a hike into the White Mountains. Visit for different varieties of trails that are offered in the area.

This scenic drive will come to an end in Conway, a great place to visit, with historic buildings, cozy inns, and shopping in both local and outlet stores. Take a left on Route 16 and take in the incredible sights of Mt. Chocorua and Mt. Washington. Continue driving to the Kancamagus Highway (Route 112) which is a 34.5 mile scenic drive, known for being one of the New Hampshire’s best Fall foliage scenic drives. The Kancamagus Scenic highway takes you through a path cut through the White Mountain National Forest with breathtaking views of the White Mountains. 

New Hampshire is a four season vacation wonderland with many activities to choose from including some of the finest skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, golfing, fishing, canoeing, camping, family attractions, scenic tours, shopping and leaf peeping in the entire country!

REGIONAL CONTACT: Lakes Region Association, 603-286-8008 or


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