New Hampshire is a state in New England in the north east of the United States of America. Noted for its terse and independent inhabitants and cold winters, New Hampshire has much natural beauty.
Its license plates carry the famous state motto: "Live Free or Die." The state nickname is "The Granite State", in reference both to its geology and to its tradition of self-sufficiency. Several other official nicknames exist but are rarely if ever used.
New Hampshire's recreational attractions include skiing and other winter sports, observing the spectacular fall foliage, summer cottages along many lakes, motor sports at the New Hampshire International Speedway, home of NASCAR events and the Loudon Classic, and Bike Week, a popular motorcycle rally associated with the Loudon Classic, held in Laconia in June.
Manchester - Boston Regional Airport, Brown Av. Route 101 exit 2, Manchester, Phone: +1 603 624-6556. A convenient way to get to the city and much of southern New Hampshire. Sometimes used as a low-cost, low hassle alternative to Logan International Airport in Boston.
Vermont Transit, Toll free: +1 800-552-8737. Service from Montrιal, Vermont, and Maine.
Concord Trailways, Toll free: +1 800-639-3317. Service from Boston.
There is only one Amtrak line in New Hampshire, the Downeaster. It only serves the seacoast region, passing through from Boston to Portland, Maine.
New Hampshire's recreational attractions include skiing and other winter sports; "leaf-peeping" or observing the spectacular fall foliage; summer cottages along many lakes; and the New Hampshire International Speedway, home of the Loudon Classic, the longest-running motorcycle race in the United States. White Mountain National Forest home of many peaks in the Presidential Range. A beautiful region for good hiking and skiing.
Mount Washington State Park - Mount Washington (6,288 feet) is the largest mountain in the Northeast, and the site of the highest recorded windspeed in the world (231 miles per hour). Mount Washington provides an excellent experience for a hiker, contains Tuckerman's Ravine, a popular skiing destination reached only on foot.
Dartmouth College is an Ivy League school in Hanover with a beautiful campus.
Visit a small town outside of the "Golden Triangle" (Area from Salem to Nashua to Manchester) and check out the atmosphere.
Not as popular as neighboring Vermont, but still plenty of good skiing.
Attitash, Barlett, +1 603 374-2368
The Balsams, Dixville Notch, +1 800-255-0600
Black Mountain, in Jackson
Bretton Woods Mountain Resort, in Bretton Woods is New Hampshire's largest.
Cannon Mountain, Franconia, +1 603 823-8800
Dartmouth Skiway, Lyme, +1 603 795-2143
Gunstock, in Gilford.
King Pine, East Madison, +1 603 367-8896
Loon Mountain, in Lincoln.
Cranmore Mountain, in North Conway.
Mount Sunapee, Mount Sunapee, +1 603 763-2356
Pats Peak, Henniker, +1 603 428-3245
Ragged Mountain, Danbury, +1 603 768-3600
Tenney Mountain, Plymouth, +1 603 536-4125
Waterville Valley, Campton, +1 603 236-8311
Whaleback, Lebanon, +1 603 448-1489
Wildcat, in Jackson.
New Hampshire is an extremely safe part of the country. Crime is typically not a problem, but make sure to be careful drivingespecially if you're unfamiliar with winter driving. Moose often wander onto the roads in the White Mountains region and Northward and are a serious hazard. When hiking, bear encounters are possible and the weather can change rapidly at higher elevations, especially in the Presidential Range.
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White Mountains, Mount Washington, New Hampshire
Dartmouth Lake Sunapee
Great North Region
Concord Trailways and Dartmouth Coach offer service to much of the state, however the easiest way to get around is by car. Many areas are underserved by bus (and train) so there may be no other option. The online New Hampshire Map includes a detailed road map which can be printed in sections, and is a useful New Hampshire trip planning aid.
New Hampshire has a large concentration of affordable lodging options including bed & breakfasts, vacation rentals and campgrounds. Hotels and motels are also within most family budgets and are primarily located in the larger towns and cities.
Quick Facts New Hampshire is the healthiest state in the nation, tied with Minnesota, as ranked by the United Health Foundation, 2003.
New Hampshire has the only piece of Interstate highway that is two-lane (a single northbound lane and a single southbound lane) with a cobblestone median.
Peterborough was the site of the first free public library in 1833.