Welcome to the Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway

The Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway welcomes travelers seeking alternatives to the beaten path, linking several villages, each with a unique connection to the history and culture of the Lake Sunapee region. The 39-mile route encircles Lake Sunapee, connecting visitors to vibrant communities and natural scenery. The lakes, mountains, and forests offer striking vistas and a multitude of recreational opportunities. In the village centers, history and modern-day culture converge, where old buildings are adapted for new uses and the traditions of yesteryear are still observed.

The Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway in Newbury, New London and Sunapee is one of seventeen designated routes in the New Hampshire Scenic and Cultural Byways Program. Established in 1992 by an Act of the Legislature (RSA 238:19), the State Byways Program was designed “to provide the opportunity for residents and visitors to travel a system of byways… [to] expose the unique elements of the state's beauty, culture and history.”

Virtual Tour of the Lake Sunapee Byway

This website was developed with funding from the Federal Highway Administration through the National Scenic Byways Program, and is administered through the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

For more information about New Hampshire's seventeen Scenic and Cultural Byways, visit the New Hampshire State Scenic and Cultural Byways Program website.

The route of the Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway encircles Lake Sunapee, connecting the towns of New London, Newbury, and Sunapee in central New Hampshire.

This website serves as a clearinghouse for information about the Lake Sunapee Scenic Byway and the work of the Lake Sunapee Byway Committee.

Representatives from the Towns of Newbury, Sunapee, and New London as well as the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission and New Hampshire Department of Transportation comprise the Lake Sunapee Byway Committee and act as the coordinating body for planning projects and other activities along the Byway.

Please direct questions to Meghan Butts at the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission at (603) 448-1680 or mbutts@uvlsrpc.org 

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