New Hampshire

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.

Regions

Cities

Some of the major cities are:

Other destinations

From left to right: Mount Clay, Mount Jefferson, Mount Adams and Mount Madison — Presidential Range, White Mountains

Understand

Residents of the state are proud of the nature around them, so careless actions that damage the local environment are not appreciated. If hiking in the White Mountains, make certain that your travel plans are sound, as volunteer rescue teams do not appreciate being called in the middle of the night to find lost tourists. However, as tourism is the main industry in New Hampshire, tourists are certainly greatly appreciated.

Talk

Not a big surprise, but the main language is English. Because of the immigration of French Canadians, some French speakers can be found in the northern part of the state, especially in the Berlin area. The southern regions have a growing Spanish speaking population, especially Manchester and Nashua, but it is a small percentage when compared to larger US cities

Get in

Administration Building, Holderness School

By plane

By bus

By train

There is limited access to New Hampshire by train.

The Downeaster only serves the seacoast region, passing through from Boston North Station to Portland, Maine. Note that if coming from south of Boston on the NE Corridor, trains terminate at Boston South Station, and you must connect via the T or taxi to North Station. Alternatively, buses (see above) leave directly from South Station.

The Vermonter primarily serves eastern Vermont, but also serves Claremont, although several other stops are across the Connecticut river from New Hampshire, including Bellows Falls (across from Walpole) and White River Junction (across from Hanover and Lebanon).

Get around

Concord Trailways and Dartmouth Coach offer service to much of the state, however the easiest way to get around is by car. Most areas are underserved by bus (and train) so there may be no other option.

See

Main Street, Concord

Do

Flume Gorge, Franconia Notch State Park

Skiing

Good terrain with great skiing.

Hiking

The White Mountains are a common destination for hiking, located in the middle part of the state.

Mt. Monadnock (3,165ft), a designated National Natural Landmark is said to be the 2nd most frequently climbed mountain after Japan's Mt. Fuji.

Eat

New Hampshire offers up many great roadside diners, places that are a belt busting quick cheap eateries.

Drink

While the state is not known for its nightlife, there are some clubs to check out in Manchester.

There are several breweries and brewpubs worth a visit in New Hampshire.

Stay safe

New Hampshire is constantly ranked among the safest states in the country, irrespective of the fact that there are no state licensing requirements for the purchase of any rifle, shotgun or handgun. Crime is typically not a problem, but make sure to be careful while driving—especially if you're unfamiliar with winter driving. Moose occasionally 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.

Respect

New Hampshire's LGBT community is relatively obscure when compared with the other New England states, although the census reports it has among the highest concentrations of gay and lesbian residents of any U.S. state. Gay venues do exist in the urbanized far south, but the heavily forested and backwoods north still retain some remarkably homophobic attitudes. The situation is less friendly than in neighboring states.

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