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New Hampshire's White Mountains boast the highest peak east of the Mississippi—Mount Washington; the world's second-most climbed mountain—Monadnock—as well as one of New England's largest lakes—Winnipesaukee—but also some fine art museums, and even its own short seacoast.

First Baptist Church of Lyme, Lyme Center, New Hampshire

First Baptist Church of Lyme, Lyme Center NH.



"Live free or die" says the motto on every auto license plate from New Hampshire. (Here's transportation info.)

On a vacation, "living free" in New Hampshire is easy—mountains, beaches, lakes, amusements, art museums, skiing and snowboarding, and good hotels and restaurants are all available to the visitor.

New Hampshire is definitely an outdoors place, with its beautiful mountains and lakes, but it also claims Manchester, northern New England's largest city.

Manchester & Concord

New Hampshire's two largest cities belie its reputation as an outdoors-only state. You'll find reasons to stop in them.

Manchester, New Hampshire's largest city, once produced more cotton cloth than any other city in the world. Its historic buildings have been restored, its Currier Museum of Art is a gem, and its Manchester Boston Regional Airport is a growing transportation hub. More...

Concord, New Hampshire's capital, is a nice little city with a handsome granite capitol building, several museums, President Franklin Pierce's house and, nearby, Canterbury Shaker Village. More...

White Mountains

Much of the White Mountains range is protected in the White Mountains National Forest, with rustic campgrounds, good hiking trails, enough beautiful scenery to fill days, and the drama of Mount Washington. More...

North Conway, on the eastern side of the range, is the state's skiing and hiking center. Bretton Woods, to the north, is famous for its stately Mount Washington Hotel & Resort. It's also among the favorite New Hampshire ski resorts. More...

Franconia Notch, near Lincoln and North Woodstock to the west, has wonderful dramatic scenery and excellent hiking, camping and skiing. More...

Waterville Valley, just south of Franconia Notch, is an integrated-design, environmentally-friendly ski resort filling a whole beautiful valley. More...

Northern New Hampshire, up past Mount Washington, has dramatic mountain and lake scenery, especially at Dixville Notch. More...

Mount Monadnock in southern New Hampshire is the second-most-climbed mountain in the world (after Japan's Mount Fuji). More...

New Hampshire Lakes

Not to be outdone by its mountains, New Hampshire's 118 lakes cover 207 square miles (537 square kilometers).

Lake Winnipesaukee, a veritable inland sea (at least on a New England scale), is a mecca for summer vacationers (including motorcycle clubs), many of whom own or rent cottages on its shores. More...

Lake Sunapee is among southern New Hampshire's most popular getaway destinations, with swimming, boating and hiking in summer, skiing in winter. More...

Hanover & Dartmouth College

Hanover, near Lebanon, is famous for Dartmouth College and for being part of the lively Upper Connecticut River Valley community. More...

Portsmouth & the Seacoast

Surprise! New Hampshire has a seacoast! The charming colonial town of Portsmouth, on the border with Maine, is among New England's best towns for dining. Hampton Beach is a honky-tonk beach town straight out of MTV. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Mount Washington, with some of
America's most extreme weather.



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