Exploring Coastal New England

Discover historic coastal America by visiting harbors in Maine, dining out in Connecticut, walking New Hampshire's shore, sailing in Rhode Island, and exploring the insider’s Nantucket.

Walking New Hampshire

Follow in the footsteps of writer Peter Mandel as he chronicles the shortest shoreline of any state—taking in the beauty of iconic New England towns and scenery.

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Writer Peter Mandel walks the New Hampshire coastline
Photographer Kindra Clineff

Two-Day Journey

My plan is to trace the coast end to end—from the Massachusetts border north to Maine —sticking as close to the high-tide line as I can. It will be a leisurely two-day walk. With turns and detours, my route will end up a bit longer than the advertised 18 miles. I’ll have to trudge along the shoulder of Route 1-A for part of the trip, but with my trusty U.S. Geological Survey topo maps in hand, I’ll scope out beachfront lanes and angle back to the water as often as I can. And although I stuff a knapsack full of T-shirts and shorts, I make a rule: No camping out. I’m going to check into comfortable local inns along the way and eat in restaurants. This will be my trekker’s reward.

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