Destination guide

Hike the challenging trails near Thornton

The tiny town of Thornton, lying in a valley in the White Mountain National Forest, was founded in the mid-17th century and named after Doctor Matthew Thornton, one of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence. Though small, there are plenty of things to keep you occupied when you stay in one of the charming Thornton vacation rentals. With the vast 800,000 acres of pristine forest right on your doorstep, the possibilities for outdoor adventures are almost limitless but include hiking along the miles of challenging trails or getting up close to some fascinating wildlife.

Things to do

Step back in time

To learn more about these forests, you can drive a little further south to the Museum of the White Mountains, which chronicles its history. If you're bringing the family to stay at a Thornton vacation rental, be sure not to miss Clark's Trading Post, a roadside attraction. Here, you can ride their blaster boats, watch the Chinese Acrobatic Troupe in action and board the little steam train. For more fun, visit Santa's Village a few miles north, where you can get into the festive spirit while you ride mini rollercoasters, even in the height of summer.


Lace up your boots or saddle up your horse

Despite such a choice of outdoor activities on offer, there are a few standouts. If you stay in a Thornton vacation rental between spring and fall, you'll be ideally placed for zip lining and biking adventures in the Loon Mountain Aerial Forest Adventure Park. Alternatively, you can saddle up to gallop along the plentiful equestrian trails. With such exciting downhill routes, it's unsurprising that mountain biking is so popular. If you'd like to treat yourself, why not see it all from above, on one of the scenic helicopter flights that take off daily throughout the high season?


Thornton vacation rentals are open year-round

Summer marks the peak season in the White Mountains, so be sure to book up your Thornton vacation rental early. While the weather may be hot around this time, the trails can also be a little crowded. If you'd like a little more peace and quiet, visit outside of the summer breaks in spring and fall, when the weather can still be warm and you may very well have some of the trails all to yourself. Between late November and February, the flurries of snow attract adrenaline junkies, who come to ride the powdery pistes.

Natural features

Otters and falcons

If you've come to look for wildlife, you're in the right place. There are few places in New Hampshire that measure up to the wildlife sightings in the White Mountain National Forest. With over 100 species of birdlife, including peregrine falcons, to see, twitchers will be particularly excited about the destination. It's not just the avifauna though. Playful otters swim along the streams and rivers while busy beavers work hard at damming them. Moose sightings are common down in the marshy areas of the forest and elusive bobcats and coyotes are often reported slinking along the mountain ridges.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Thornton

The nearest airport is in Laconia, NH (LCI-Laconia Municipal), located 27.2 mi (43.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Whitefield, NH (HIE-Mount Washington Regional), which is 29.5 mi (47.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Thornton?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 593 vacation rentals near Thornton. From 30 Cabins to 161 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Thornton for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Thornton?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Thornton:

  • Meredith: 1,144 vacation rentals
  • Weirs Beach: 202 vacation rentals
  • Glen: 471 vacation rentals
  • Bretton Woods: 232 vacation rentals
  • Loon Mountain Ski Resort: 567 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Thornton?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Thornton. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Jack O'Lantern Resort Golf Course: 805 vacation rentals
  • Welch Mountain and Dickey Mountain Loop Trailhead: 992 vacation rentals
  • Owl's Nest Resort & Golf Club: 1,055 vacation rentals
  • Winnipesaukee Pier: 1,143 vacation rentals
  • Franconia Notch State Park: 938 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Thornton listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Thornton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 30 Cabins in Thornton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Thornton include:

  • Houses: 161 rentals available
  • Cottages: 30 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 209 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Thornton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 436 vacation rentals with pool available in Thornton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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