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The NASCAR Racing Experience's team of driving instructors specializes in NASCAR-themed Cinderella stories: at whichever world-famous speedway they're visiting, they give civilians the chance to drive real NASCAR race cars that have actually been raced by NASCAR superstars for a few hours. That means getting behind the wheel of a real NASCAR race car that's been driven by Dale Jr, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and other NASCAR favorites and putting the pedal to the medal. Unlike other racing experiences, there?s no lead car to follow here, you're driving by yourself and yes, passing is allowed! The instructors still offer guidance though, coaching those driving solo over a two-way car radio, and speed-chauffeuring racing enthusiasts around the track on ride-alongs.

1122 Route 106
Loudon,
NH
US

Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.

99 Elm Street
Manchester,
NH
US

Signature Service: Teaching how to paint glasses

Established: 2013

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

If you've ever looked at a clear glass and thought it needed more pizzazz, you're in good company. Cheryl Snyder loved adorning glasses in little designs, and what started out as a hobby officially turned into a business?Drinkable Arts.

Cheryl now holds the events at local establishments or totes glassware and supplies to homes. She teaches groups of friends how to decorate stemware with everything from colorful flowers to miniature beach scenes complete with flip-flops. While they paint their glasses, budding artists sip wine and socialize.

80 Dionne Drive
Manchester,
NH
US

After seven years of guiding thrill seekers through winter snowmobiling tours, SledVentures' team of White Mountain wayfarers decided to parlay their spirit for adventure into a year-round enterprise, establishing DirtVentures ATV Rentals and swapping snow-covered runs for the rugged terrain of spring, summer, and fall. A typical tour begins with a crash course in vehicle operation and safety before cruising through the trails of the New Hampshire mountains, including an easy trail on old railroad bed alongside the river. Brief stops along the way allow amateur explorers to not only visit the area stores and treat themselves to ice cream, but to also take pictures of the burbling streams, mountainside panoramas, and tree-lined scenery that surrounds them at every turn. All riders must wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, and boots in order to operate DirtVentures' Brute Force 300 ATVs. Locations may vary throughout the year.

Van Allen Inn Rd.
Woodstock,
NH
US

From their home base in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Out Back Kayak’s guides let their adventurous spirits run wild on kayak, ATV, and snowmobile tours. Off-road vehicles' treads easily navigate 80 acres of forested terrain along the Pemigewasset River, where kayakers paddle through churning Class I, II, and III rapids. From beaches and islands to wooded ravines, the natural surroundings also serve as an arena for paintball, in which competitors tag their opponents with biodegradable paint to simulate the way real soldiers sew Kick Me signs onto their enemies' shirts.

11 Lumberyard Rd.
Lincoln,
NH
US

Gunstock Mountain Resort's wealth of outdoor activities changes with the seasons. Here's a look at what you'll find throughout the year:

Summer

A foot bridge stretches 165 feet between the treetops. The distance to the ground below: more than 100 feet. But the people traversing it have other things on their minds—the bridge's planks are irregularly spaced, requiring careful navigation to make it to the next step. It's just one of the challenges of Gunstock Mountain Resort's Aerial Treetop Adventure Course. Eight different routes stretch along the trees near Gunstock's pond, and they knit together 91 challenges that include the likes of log ladders, swings, and, perhaps most thrilling of all, ziplines.

The treetops also contain an easier explorer course for kids, as well as a zipline-only course that stretches 1.6 miles, or the length of one slinky stretched to its limits. And there's plenty of earthbound fun to be had, too—families can play mini golf or drive Segways down off-road trails, for instance.

Winter

More than 120 inches of annual snow blanket the slopes at Gunstock Mountain Resort, a skiing enclave near New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee. Fifty-five trails criss-cross the mountain, catering to skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels. The intermediate trail known as Flintlock reveals expansive views. After nightfall, 5 lifts and 21 well-lit trails remain open for night skiing. The mountain also features groomed cross-country ski trails.

580 Cherry Valley Rd.
Gilford,
NH
US