New Hampshire Guide
New Hampshire's White Mountains boast the highest peak east of the Mississippi—Mount Washington; the world's third-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.
—Lake Winnipesaukee offers many possibilities for swimming, boating and fishing
—Go cross-country skiing on 90 miles (150 km) of trails starting from Jackson
—Travel the scenic Kancamagus Highway from Lincoln to Conway
—Ski at one of the state's many excellent ski resorts
Mount Washington Cog Railway, Bretton Woods NH.
—Take a nostalgic train ride through the mountains on the Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway
—Hike the trails of Franconia Notch State Park
Glide through the air in a gondola of
Mountain Aerial Tramway,
Woodstock in Franconia Notch
—Strawbery Banke, in Portsmouth, is ten acres of 18th-century buildings brought back to life and filled with working artisans
—Manchester's Currier Museum of Art has a surprisingly good collection, beautifully displayed
Don't miss the superb Currier Museum in Manchester NH.
Much of the White Mountains range is protected in the White Mountain National Forest, with rustic campgrounds, good hiking trails, enough beautiful scenery to fill days, and the drama of Mount Washington.
Franconia Notch, near Lincoln and North Woodstock to the west, has wonderful dramatic scenery and excellent hiking, camping and skiing. It's a base for climbds up Mount Washington.
Hikers at Lonesome Lake in Franconia Notch State Park.
The Mount Washington Hotel, with the mountain behind.
Mount Monadnock in southern New Hampshire may be the third-most-climbed mountain in the world.
Climbers enjoy the view at the summit of Mount Monadnock.
Northern New Hampshire, up past Mount Washington, has dramatic mountain and lake scenery, especially at Dixville Notch.
New Hampshire Lakes
Not to be outdone by its mountains, New Hampshire's 118 lakes cover 207 square miles (537 square kilometers). Here are the first ones to visit:
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.
Lake Sunapee is among southern New Hampshire's most popular getaway destinations, with swimming, boating and hiking in summer, skiing in winter.
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 the last century, with a fine, long sea beach.
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.
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester NH.
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.
New Hampshire State House, Concord NH
Hanover & Dartmouth College
Hanover, near Lebanon, is famous for Dartmouth College and for being part of the lively Upper Connecticut River Valley community.
Lebanon is a pretty, small city with its own airport.
Country inns, B&Bs, hotels and motels—they're all here:
New Hampshire's only scheduled train service is the Amtrak Downeaster from Boston MA to Brunswick ME, which stops at Exeter, Durham-UNH, and Dover NH; and a stop by Amtrak's Vermonter in Claremont NH.