No matter where they live, the people in New Hampshire still feel a close connection to the outdoors. And this is not by accident. Almost every resident of the state is close to the outdoors: New Hampshire’s compact size means that an hour of driving can transport a city dweller to the wilds of the White Mountains. You’ll find it easy to zip from the historic seacoast town of Portsmouth to the museums and landmarks of Concord to mountains, lakes and forests that lie farther north. Most people are shocked when they learn that New Hampshire isn’t landlocked it actually has a coast. Granted, it isn’t much of a coast just 18 miles of sand but travelers quickly learn it packs a lot of variety into a little space. The coast has funky beach towns, impressive mansions, state parks with swaths of warm sand, and a historic seaport city with a vibrant maritime history and culture. Ecologically, it has low dunes, lush hardwood forests, and a complex system of salt marshes that has prevented development from overtaking the region entirely.
New Hampshire is made up of seven very different regions, each as exciting as the next. The Seacoast, Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee, Lakes Region, Merrimack Valley, Monadnock Region, White Mountains and Great North Woods are filled with natural beauty, cultural events and classic New England living. It’s one family vacation idea after another and the only way to truly appreciate it all is to see it.
New Hampshire is steeped in Colonial history, having been around when the country was still in the cradle. People in New Hampshire celebrated the Declaration of Independence in the same cities, towns, buildings, pubs and streets that visitors flock to by the thousands today. The Industrial Revolution saw cities in the Merrimack Valley such as Manchester and Milford turn into chugging regional centers of manufacturing. The Seacoast Region was already becoming a haven for travelers in the early 19th century. In 1911, 780,000 acres most of the northern third of the state was set aside as White Mountain National Forest.
New Hampshire offers a variety of outdoor and family activities. Active sports are a big part of New Hampshire’s allure. The landscape traverses beaches to New England’s tallest mountains. Southern New Hampshire features Mt. Monadnock, a favorite for hikers; historic cities that were the backbone of the Industrial Revolution; the historic seaport of Portsmouth; and the rollicking Hampton Beach along the seacoast. To the north is the beautiful Lakes Region and to the west the Connecticut River Valley.
Northern New Hampshire is dominated by the majestic White Mountains and valley villages and dramatic scenery in the notches between rugged peaks. All winter activities skiing, snowboarding, skating and snowmobiling abound throughout the state. In the summer the New Hampshire is a Mecca for hiking, biking, boating, and fishing. Inns, hotels, B&Bs, and resorts can accommodate any of your lodging desires. Follow country roads to quaint villages and when the fall foliage peaks New Hampshire is where you’ll want to be.
New Hampshire has hundreds of attractions and activities that appeal to children and adults of all ages. Whatever your desire, there is sure to be something to enjoy.