New Hampshire Seacoast: 18-Mile Vacation
When you’ve had your fill of history, both cultural and natural, pack up and push southward. Continue along rocky shores, where the cobblestones roll in against low headlands of striated rock, which here and there looks like a library shelf that’s toppled forward, leaving pages bristling upward.
Then comes sand: great and unexpected expanses of it as you near Hampton Beach, a summer town, where you ease into the present. Well, near the present. To visit the southernmost stretch of New Hampshire’s coast is more like slipping into the 1950s. It’s imbued with a slightly honky-tonk beach-town vibe. Visitors stroll the shore and drape themselves on the seawalls, rousing themselves from time to time only to achieve some high objective, like tracking down a cardboard tray of fried clams.
After all that education on history and outdoor life that you’ve endured, you’ve earned a long afternoon of indefensible laziness. Enjoy it. It makes for the perfect ending to a perfect summer day.