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New Hampshire Travel Guide

New Hampshire — Attractions

New Hampshire is a rugged outdoor member of the New England family. It’s home to the best mountains, some of the largest lakes and even a neat little stretch of Atlantic coastline. The state’s modest size ensures quick and easy access between sea and mountains, allowing visitors to soak in the historic beauty of Portsmouth before heading into the grand old White Mountains for natural attractions. You’ll have no trouble staying busy if you enjoy being outside. New Hampshire is especially gorgeous in fall when the whole state erupts into a free-for-all of color and blue skies.

Portsmouth

This insanely charming colonial town along New Hampshire’s southern coast is one of New England’s nicest seaside destinations. It’s a patchwork of historic neighborhoods each with a solid dose of ambiance. Step back into the 1600s at Strawbery Banke, a special compound with 42 historic protected buildings, or cruise the trendy main street with an espresso in hand. The waterfront is still a working environment as it has been for 400 years so it's a great place to people watch and remember life as it was.
Address: Southern Coastal New Hampshire
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Website: http://www.portsmouthnh.com

Lake Winnipesaukee

Lake Winnipesaukee is easily the largest lake in New Hampshire with 180 miles of wriggly shoreline and 250 little islands poking out of the water. Start at a lakeside hamlet like Weirs Beach, Wolfeboro or Meredith where you can find accommodation, boat rentals and all the amenities for a lingering stay. This surrounding hills get bathed in color in the fall and a ride on the Mount Washington steamer ensures you won't miss a beat.
Address: Northern New Hampshire
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The White Mountains

Northern New England’s most popular wilderness area is located smack dab in the center of New Hampshire. The White Mountains are an ancient, windy, rugged span of peaks and valleys covering nearly one million acres. More than 1,000 miles of trail let you go as deep into the hills as you dare. Everything except cars is on offer here, including mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, and rock climbing. The state’s highest peak, Mount Washington, is flanked by the wind-blasted granite mountains of the Presidential Range. Plenty of towns like North Conway are located on its edge providing lodging and creature comforts.
Address: Northern New Hampshire
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Website: http://www.visitwhitemountains.com

Hanover

This tiny university town epitomizes that classic New England vibe that visitors seek out in New Hampshire. Settled in 1765, it has the bucolic village green surrounded by historic brick buildings, churches with white steeples and big leafy trees. The home of Dartmouth College, one of America’s top universities, provides a vibrant, electric environment for ideas and liberal thinking. It’s a refreshing mix of bohemian cafés, bookstores and antiques shops scattered around the colonial-era downtown.
Address: Southern New Hampshire
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Monadnock Region

The southwest corner of New Hampshire is one of the most scenic and engaging parts of the state. This is stereotypical New England with gentle farms, covered bridges and sleepy hamlets flanking the mighty Mount Monadnock. There aren’t any superstar attractions, but the vibe and atmosphere are what makes it so nice. Quiet back roads beckon bikers and fall foliage cruisers, while affordable inns can be found in most of the historic villages. Monadnock offers an escape from everything with a solid dose of hiking around the mountains to keep the blood flowing.
Address: Southwest New Hampshire
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Website: http://www.southwestnh.com

Waterville Valley

One of the most popular resorts in the White Mountains enjoys a privileged location in the state’s prettiest valley. It’s been a summer holiday destination and winter ski spot since 1829 when mountain tourism was just getting started in New England. While the historic charm has been replaced by condos and shopping plazas, Waterville is still an ideal vacation destination for families and couples who want their nature served up on a plate.
Address: South Central New Hampshire
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Website: http://www.watervillevalley.org/Home.html

The North Country

If the White Mountains feel too touristy and developed, then New Hampshire has an even more rugged area in the slender finger of North Country. You won’t find much in the way of civilization, just a few hamlets like Errol where you can stock up on supplies and perhaps find an inn or two for a warm bed. This is place to commune with nature in uncrowded state parks like Dixville Notch and Umbagog Lake. There are an endless supply of lakes, rivers, deserted rural roads, and hiking trails through spruce forests to explore. If you’re keen on camping, you’ll find no better place as you're more likely to run into a moose than another person.
Address: Northern New Hampshire
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