Bird-watch at Odiorne Point State Park, Portsmouth, N.H.
Sure, there are the peregrine falcons that nest in cliffs of Acadia National Park, those adorable puffins found offshore near Machias Seal Island, Maine, and the numerous piping plovers protected at Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, but I like Odiorne Pointe State Park because of its unique location. The only spit of undeveloped coastline in the state, Odiorne Point is situated on the far end of Portsmouth Harbor. Its 135 acres of protected land make this a routine stop for our feathered friends along the Atlantic Flyway. It’s a good place to find black-backed gulls feeding along the shores or watch for double-crested cormorants drying their wings on the rocks. A 2-mile loop along the coast is a favorite of bird-watchers.