One of the more unusual terrain features in New Hampshire , the twisted moonscape known as the Sculptured Rocks (between Rtes. 3A & 118, Groton, 603/271-3556, www.nhstateparks.org ) resulted at the end of the last ice age when rushing ice water whipped tiny grains of sand through a bedrock canyon to drill curious rounded shapes into the rock. Now situated on state park land, the natural baths make popular swimming holes.
Known for the fine quality of its sand, the little town of Bristol was once a major manufacturing center for brick and pottery. Its downtown now makes for a scenic stroll. Of particular note is the Gothic brick Minot-Sleeper Library (35 Pleasant St., Bristol, 603/744-3352, www.townofbristolnh.org ). Behind the library is a butterfly garden with contemplative benches and succulent flowers calculated to tempt butterflies looking for a snack.