Madison, NH, USA

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Madison, NH, USA

Madison vacation rentals

Madison is a gateway to outdoor adventure

Discover New Hampshire’s most exciting outdoor adventures and an array of natural attractions with a stay in Madison. Whether you’re spending summer days swimming beneath a mountain waterfall, or taking breathtaking trips on the Conway Scenic Railroad amid blazing fall colors, you’ll be beguiled by the landscape. Come winter, you can go skiing and snowboarding down picture-perfect powdery slopes. Madison vacation rentals include everything from rustic cabins and village chalets to grand waterfront homes and secluded hideaways in the White Mountains, so it’s never been easier to experience this exciting part of the world.

Going for a dip in natural grandeur

If you’ve chosen a Madison vacation rental overlooking Silver Lake, then swimming in the crystal-clear water before topping up your tan at Nichols Beach is a must. Several lakeside companies offer kayak and canoe hire during the summer, should you fancy trying something different. In the nearby White Mountains National Forest, activities take on a different flavor. Hikes, for example, range from easy jaunts to the waterfall and swimming hole at Diana’s Baths, to the more strenuous trek to the top of Mount Washington. Feeling the wind in your hair as you speed down the Cranmore Mountain Coaster is another must for your bucket list.

Marvel at the Madison Boulder

Natural attractions are plentiful here, but taking center stage is the Madison Boulder. Scientists haven’t reached agreement about where this giant rock came from, only that a glacial drift swept it to its current location during the last ice age. Either way, this magnificent beast - thought to weigh the same as almost 40 blue whales - must be seen to be believed. Of course, not all New Hampshire’s attractions are of the natural variety. Barnstormers Theatre, an intimate space offering performances from June through August, and the bars and restaurants along the White Mountain Highway, help to turn action packed days into laidback nights.

Year-round appeal in Madison

If you’re a fan of skiing and snowboarding, you’ll find an abundance of snow on offer in winter and early spring. Beware, though, weather in December through February can be treacherous and shouldn’t really be taken on by novices, especially if you plan on avoiding resort skiing. Summer, meanwhile, is an idyllic time to visit Madison, particularly from June through to August when the temperatures on sunny days can soar. For many travelers, the thought of traveling anywhere in New Hampshire at any time other than fall is akin to blasphemy. This season is, after all, when Madison and its surrounding towns are at their copper-hued prettiest.

Explore Madison’s diverse backyard

Madison vacation rentals offer a great base from which to explore a wide variety of landscapes. Day hikes can be the best way to enjoy the area’s diversity as you take on routes such as Cathedral Ledge, Tuckerman's Ravine, and Hedgehog Mountain. If strenuous hiking isn’t really your thing but you’d still like to soak up the beauty of the area, there are many stunning waterfalls within an hour’s drive of Madison. Those that are easy to reach include Rocky Gorge, Sabbaday Falls, and Flume Cascade. In the winter, the landscape is transformed, and skiing trails at the likes of Wildcat Mountain and Shawnee Peak beg to be discovered.