New Hampshire

#Super603Day: Sununu Takes His Cousin From Mass. on Ultimate NH Road Trip

The whole idea behind the ambitious day trip is to "highlight variety within proximity of the 603," Gov. Chris Sununu said -- proving just how much there is to do in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu takes a selfie as he began a daylong road trip with his cousin across the Granite State.
Gov. Chris Sununu/Twitter

If you love the outdoors, chances are you love New Hampshire. The Granite State is home to some of the most beautiful places in the country. With its stunning lakes and picturesque mountains, you can create one of the most scenic road trips traversing the state.

From Mount Washington to Franconia Notch, Lake Winnipesaukee to Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire has it all.

And who would know that better than Gov. Chris Sununu? The Republican governor is taking his cousin from Massachusetts on the ultimate New Hampshire road trip -- which he dubbed "Super603Day" -- to make sure everyone knows how much the state has to offer.

Sununu spent Wednesday night camping at Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin, so the family duo could get up bright and early for a sunrise ATV ride. Sununu has been posting on his Twitter account and encouraged people to tune in all day to see what #Super603Day is all about.

In his first video from the day, the governor said they have "one heck of a day" planned. He said he thought they can get the sunrise-to-sunset adventure done. But first -- coffee.

"It's gonna be great," he said standing next to a campfire.

The whole idea behind the ambitious day trip is to "highlight variety within proximity of the 603," Sununu said -- proving just how much there is to do without crossing state lines.

In fact, Thursdays are usually when Sununu holds his weekly COVID news conference, but this week he held it Tuesday -- he announced New Hampshire will soon end the $300 benefit that unemployed workers can get from the federal government but is introducing a $500-$1,000 bonus for unemployed people who find steady work.

Private businesses, cities, and towns can still come up with their own masking rules, but it will no longer be mandated by the state. Experts say this is not the time, but some residents are saying finally.

The cousins kicked off the day with an ATV ride up Mount Jericho, where the governor couldn't help but take a dig at Massachusetts' rush hour traffic.

Tuckerman Ravine was stop No. 2. With skis in the back of his Dodge, Sununu said they were ready to hike the ravine with an avalanche rescue dog named Lily. Before heading out though, the governor grabbed his Hike Safe card, telling hikers to make sure they grab one before hitting the trails, too.

About halfway up the trail, Sununu said it was clear he's "not in 'Appalachian Trail' shape anymore" -- like he was back in 1998.

"I guess 23 years and a few kids will do that to you," he said.

The rest of Thursday's stops remain to be seen. Sununu said they have a long way to go, but it was a perfect day for weather and they were having a great time. Keep up with #Super603Day by following along on Sununu's Twitter account -- maybe you'll get a few ideas for this summer.

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