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New Hampshire Travel Guides

Welcome to New Hampshire, the Granite State!

New Hampshire is located in the northeastern quadrant of the United States within the New England region, bordered by Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and Canada.

This is the 5th smallest state by area and the state motto of “Live Free or Die,” references the role New Hampshire played during the American Revolutionary War.

Capital City: Concord

Population: About 1.3 million

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Woman walking towards a bright red covered bridge in New Hampshire
Kristen exploring a covered bridge in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Highlights

New Hampshire is known for its extensive granite formations and quarries. The first library in the US was founded in Peterborough and was built with 30,000 tons of igneous rock found here.

It is also rich in history as New Hampshire was the first state out of the thirteen original colonies to declare independence from England. Famous authors from this state include Dan Brown and Robert Frost.

There are no National Parks in New Hampshire, but there is a National Park Service Site and many State Parks worth visiting.

Popular Parks In New Hampshire:

  • Franconia Notch State Park
  • Crawford Notch State Park
  • Mt. Washington State Park
  • Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park
  • White Mountain National Forest
  • Portsmouth’s Historic Houses
  • Hampton Beach
  • Strawberry Banke Museum
  • Conway

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Man and woman posing for a photo on Artists Bluff in New Hampshire
Mark and Kristen on Artist’s Bluff

White Mountain National Forest

The White Mountain National Forest is a treasure trove filled with numerous outdoor activities. While you can enjoy this area any time of the year, we recommend visiting in fall to experience the stunning fall foliage.

White Mountain National Park is home to Mount Washington and the scenic Kancamagus Highway. Mount Washington is the highest peak in New Hampshire as well as the northeastern United States.

Below we have listed our popular guides for White Mountain National Forest:

  • Flume Gorge – This is an unmissable stop featuring historic covered bridges, cascading waterfalls and a picturesque 800 ft long gorge.

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Leaves changing colors in New Hampshire
Beautiful fall colors along a stretch of road

Stunning Fall Foliage

Autumn in New Hampshire and the surrounding area of New England is magical. The northeast is a prime location for leaf peeping and a trip we highly recommend you experience at least once in your lifetime.

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