As much as it dominates the middle of the state, Lake Winnipesaukee  is hardly the only lake around. More than 200 other bodies of water are scattered around the area west of Lake Winni, many of them offering a much quieter and more secluded vacation experience.
Even the next biggest lake in New Hampshire , Sunapee Lake , is like a trip back to a bygone era, abounding with quiet coves and relaxing beaches and campgrounds. Even farther west, the area along the Connecticut River is dominated by the cultural mecca of Hanover , home to Dartmouth College  and several fine museums.
To drive to Sunapee Lake  from Concord , take I-89 north to exit 12, then Route 103B south, and look for the sign for Sunapee Harbor (40 mi., 50 min.). For Lebanon , take I-89 north from Concord to exit 18, then take Route 120 south (55 mi., 1 hr.). For Hanover , take the same exit, but take Route 120 north (60 mi., 1 hr. 5 min.). To get to Claremont , take Route 103 west from Sunapee (15 mi., 25 min.) or Route 120 south from Lebanon (15 mi., 25 min.).
Concord Coach Lines (603/448-2800 or 800/637-0123, www.concordtrailways.com ) runs the Dartmouth Coach shuttle service from Boston to Hanover (The Hanover Inn, Main St.), Lebanon (90 Etna Rd.), and New London  (NH Park & Ride, exit 12 off I-89). For the Sunapee Region, contact Sunapee Coach (603/606-7258) for limousine service from Boston or Manchester airports.