For more free opportunities, information and backcountry rules visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/whitemountain
There's still a good chance to view a moose in New Hampshire's North Country through mid-October. Some companies offer moose-watching tours, but the intrepid traveler can set out at dusk on Route 3 in Pittsburg, Route 16 in Errol and other roads to try to spot one.
Moose are unpredictable, so it's common to see the "Brake for Moose" signs up north.
More information can be found at http://www.nhgrand.com/itineraries.aspx .
New Hampshire has many peaceful, scenic settings such as the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, an open-air cathedral on a hilltop in the southwest part of the state with a great view of the Mount Monadnock.
Stones taken from across the country and from overseas make up an altar recognized by Congress as a National Memorial to American men and women who lost their lives in war. The site holds public events promoting peace, interfaith understanding and respect for the environment. It is free and open through Oct. 31.
Details: Information is available at http://www.cathedralofthepines.org.
Not into leaf-peeping? Turn to the ocean beaches. The sand-sculpting competitions and sunbathers may be gone, but New Hampshire's mere 17 miles (27 kilometers) of coastline are attracting more surfers — in wetsuits, of course — this time of year.
The watch for hurricanes and other extreme weather conditions may keep some wary, but surfers say they contribute to some of the best surfing conditions in the Northeast. Surf spots include North Hampton Beach, Jenness Beach, Rye Rocks and The Wall on Route 1A for those who want to ride the waves, or just watch.
Details: Information on conditions can be found at http://magicseaweed.com .