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Go retro on New Hampshire's Route 3

Posted by Paul Kandarian  November 11, 2010 09:09 AM

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Taking the fast cut through New Hampshire on highways is one thing if you're saving time. Hitting the back roads to get the true feel of the Granite State is quite another if you've got time to spend, and the state’s new “Route 3 Retro Tour” does just that, tourism folks said. They’ve added the tour to the www.visitnh.gov website; look for it under “Planning Travel and Tools” and then under “culture itineraries.”

“Travelers to and within New Hampshire are always looking for fun things to do and our latest itinerary really highlights some cool stops from a bygone era when getting there was half the fun,” said Tai Freligh, communications manager for the state’s tourism division.
 
There are some 133 miles of scenic byways between Tilton and Pittsburg that contain a slew of affordable, 1950s and 1960s-era, owner-operated motels, motor courts, and attractions, she said. 

Fun stuff: Located along Route 3 in Stewartstown is historical marker number 64 – also known as the 45th parallel – marking the exact location halfway between the equator and North Pole.

 A lot on the tour is stuff for fair weather, Santa’s Village, Riverside Speedway, and Whale’s Tale Waterpark among them. But there’s lots to see in fall and winter; just following the Pemigewasset River winding through Campton, Lincoln, and North Woodstock affords great scenic views.
   
And to fire up your energy levels, check out Chutters Candy Store in Littleton, said to house the world’s largest candy counter, with 112 feet of gleaming glass jars stuffed with things that may not be good for you but make a long New Hampshire drive that much more enjoyable.

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