If you are looking for something different Albany, NY is a short drive away. Albany is the Capital of NY State.
To get there, you have three options.
1. Take route 93 South, to the Mass Turnpike.
2. Take Route 101 to Route 9 across VT into NY.
3. Take 93 North to Concord and then West.
The fastest way is the second option. It was about 15 minutes faster than the other two options. It took us about 3 hours 20 minutes. We also saved money on tolls.
The most expensive option was the first option, it was longer and takes more gas, plus you have tolls. Our cost for gas and tolls is about $25 versus $15 for the other two options. However, when the snow is flying and the roads are a mess this might be the safest route.
The shortest and most scenic route is the first one, but it is only a few miles shorter than the third option. But you do avoid all tolls and the drive through the woods is great.
Which you take depends upon what you are looking for.
Trips Manchester to Albany:
Route 1 - 222 MI - 207 Min - 64 mph - 24.3 MPG - Great Drive, top down - 9.14 Gallons at 2.39 + $0.63 NYS Toll + $2.10 Masspike Toll = $24.56
Route 2 - 157 MI - 216 Min - 44 mph - 25.9 MPG - 6.06 Gallons at 2.39 = $14.49 (Avg for two trips)
Route 3 - 160 MI - 197 Min - 48 mph - 25.5 MPG - Great Drive, top down - 6.27 Gallons at 2.39 + $0.75 NH toll = $15.75