Destination guide

An outdoorsy destination in New Hampshire

A small, friendly town in the Lakes region of New Hampshire, Alton is a vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts and anyone seeking to escape the daily grind. On the southern end of Lake Winnipesaukee, many Alton vacation rentals enjoy beautiful lake views and direct access on to the picturesque inlet known as Alton Bay. From expansive homes with private decks and boat launches to romantic lakeside retreats, you can choose an Alton vacation rental to enjoy a serene and relaxing vacation whatever the season.

Things to do

Family days out in Alton

There are lots of interesting local shops and restaurants in and around Alton. Alton Bay has a little arcade, mini-golf and ice cream shop as well as more shops and restaurants to explore. Around minutes up the lakeshore, you'll find arcades, shops, and local restaurants in Weirs Beach, home of the Daytona Fun Park. If you're staying at your Alton vacation rental with kids, its bumper boats, go-karts and high ropes adventure course make for a diverting day out. From Weirs Beach you can also take a tour on the Winnipesaukee scenic railroad to Meredith at the top of the lake.


Lakeside fun in Alton

Even if your Alton vacation rental doesn't come with its own lake access, visitors to Alton can enjoy the town's public beaches, boat marinas and public boat launch. Swimming, kayaking and water sports of all kinds can be enjoyed, as well as lakeside picnics and beautiful sunsets over the water. In summer months, you can catch the Mount Washington ship from Alton Bay's ship port for lakeside cruises to different stops around the lake. Besides Lake Winnipesaukee, Alton is home to Alton Bay State Forest and Mount Major State Forest, so there are plenty of local trails to be hiked, biked and enjoyed too.


Alton through the seasons

Seasonal events and attractions, such as the drive-in cinema at Weirs Beach, make for a fun summer season. June through September enjoy high temperatures in the 70s and 80s – perfect conditions for getting out on the water. Either side of the high summer season, as the trails get quieter, an Alton vacation rental can be a great choice for a quiet retreat. You can get back to nature, hike woodland paths enlivened by vibrant fall colors, birdwatch and nature spot. Winters are inevitably cold and snowy. At this time of year, you can ice fish on the lake. Local trails are open for snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Natural features

Get back to nature in Alton

Hikers will be drawn to Straightback Mountain, the highest point in Alton. On sunny days, its trails through a mix of woodland and open terrain offer fabulous views over the sparkling waters of Hills Pond, Sunset Lake and Crystal Lake. In summer you can enjoy wild blueberries and the sound of songbirds. It's a different experience entirely in winter when the snow lies on the ground, but just as beautiful and inspiring. Nearby, Mount Major is a slightly lower summit east along the Belknap Mountains range. Surrounded by Mount Major State Forest, crisscrossed by hiking and biking trails, its summit affords spectacular views over Lake Winnipesaukee.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Alton

The nearest airport is in Laconia, NH (LCI-Laconia Municipal), located 13.5 mi (21.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Concord, NH (CON-Concord Municipal), which is 22.7 mi (36.6 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Alton, NH?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 398 vacation rentals around Alton. From 227 house rentals to 116 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a lakefront property in Alton?

If you've been searching for a peaceful pause, it's time to escape to the lakeside. You'll feel like you're an adult at summer camp — no singing Kumbaya necessary. Vrbo has 211 vacation rentals near lakes available. Open to other suggestions? Vrbo has stacks more options to look through, including:

  • 127 lake-view vacation rentals.
  • 93 waterfront vacation rentals.
  • 90 shore-front vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Alton?

Rather than staying in a cookie-cutter, chain hotel room this vacation, you could just go for a whole house. You'll be a part of the neighborhood in no time! There are 210 houses listed on Vrbo. Prices start at $55 a night. If that doesn't match your crew's taste, we've got a range of other rental options to choose from, such as:

  • Cottage: 81 vacation homes. Prices start from $115 per night.
  • Condo: 28 vacation homes. Prices start from $161 per night.
  • Cabin: 23 vacation homes. Prices start from $38 per night.

Can I stay in Alton in a large group?

Vacations with your loved ones can be oodles of fun, especially when you're under the one roof in an amazing new place! If you're traveling with a large group, Vrbo can help out. Cottage vacation homes are the favorite choice for larger sized groups, with 34 featured here. Properties for rent around this area that can house large groups include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we have 158 vacation homes suited to that size. Book a night for as little as $119.
  • If you have 8 in your squad, you'll be pleased to find out that there are 152 vacation homes perfect. You can book one for as little as $139 per night.
  • Planning a trip away with a group of 10? We have 92 vacation homes that will be perfect. Prices start from $150 per night.

You and your crew will be more than satisfied when you book your Alton travels through us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Alton?

Ditch those sterile, drab hotel chains! Delight in the charm of living like a local in a cost-effective rental instead. Have a look at the diverse options that can be booked now on Vrbo. Chocorua Ski & Beach is an awesome area to take a look at if you want to keep your budget under control. Vrbo has 8 rentals, and the average price is a very affordable $185 per night. South Down Shores is another place to check out. We have 49 rentals here, and the average price is around $247 per night.

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