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On America’s east coast, the state of New Hampshire is known for its cosy towns and sprawling wilderness areas that lure travellers in to explore. New Hampshire holidays are popular place with nature-lovers in summer and keen skiers in winter, as this place has some of the highest mountains in New England. The Appalachian Trail also passes through New Hampshire, running through the state for hundreds of kilometres. And the White Mountain National Forest to the north is a vast natural area filled with lakes, endless wildlife and scenic hikes.

There are only 29 kilometres of coastline across the state, with Hampton Beach the crowning jewel of it all. But if the sands are busy with summer tourists, the forests – packed with hardy firs, pine and cedars that can withstand the snowy winters – are peaceful places to explore any time of year.

New Hampshire is home to vibrant cities, too. Manchester was shaped by its textile industry, and is now an exciting hub for the state’s arts and design scene. Concord’s gold-domed State House is just one of the state capital’s grand buildings you can explore, while pretty Nashua has the perfect mix of nature, thanks to the large Mine Falls Park, and culture from Symphony NH – a programme of the best orchestral music. And on the Vermont border, Hanover is the centre of academia, thanks to world-renowned Dartmouth University.

Holidays to New Hampshire are best suited to groups and couples looking to get away from it all, particularly if you’re heading north. Families will find plenty to do in the cities of the south, too, but it’s best to explore – otherwise you might miss out on the spectacular natural havens that make this state so special.

Things to do

Nature & Wildlife

History and Culture

Best time to go

Things to do in New Hampshire

There’s plenty to do across the state. See more of the beautiful scenery with a road trip along Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountain National Forest, which is especially lovely in autumn. If you’re staying near Lake Winnipesaukee, make time for a tour of Castle in the Clouds, or hike to the waterfall within the huge estate. You can also get your history fix in Salem – visit the 4,000-year-old stone caves and structures, dubbed ‘America’s Stonehenge’.

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Beer and horses might not be an obvious combination, but Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Merrimack offers free tours and a chance to see its famous Budweiser Clydesdales. And if you love shopping, New Hampshire is a paradise – everything is a bit cheaper, as there’s no sale tax added state-wide. You can also keep the kids happy at family-friendly theme parks, like Story Land in Glen and Santa’s Village in Jefferson. Or experience the antique rides and modern rollercoasters of Canobie Lake Park.



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Nature & wildlife

Northern New Hampshire is a nature-lover’s paradise. The trails of White Mountain National Forest, as well as Nash Stream Forest close to the Canadian border, are verdant in summer, crisp in spring and autumn, and picture-perfect all year round. You’ll spot white-tailed deer, fox and even black bears as you explore.

If you’re not keen on hiking, take the Mount Washington Cog Railway up to the peak instead. This steep track was amazingly built in 1869 and climbs from Bretton Woods to the summit of New England’s highest peak. Or, take your car up the steep Mount Washington Auto Road – the views make the nerve-racking drive worth it.

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Route 3, which winds its way through New Hampshire from Pittsburg to the Canadian Border, has earned itself the nickname of ‘Moose Alley’. Drive carefully past the lush woods and scenic lakes and you’re likely to spot the huge creatures ambling along.



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History & culture

Canterbury’s Shaker Village will take you back in time, as the traditional community lives and works as the religion’s founders did, more than 200 years ago. Watch woodworking, spinning and basket-weaving demonstrations across the village, or learn more about the town from its residents. No trip is complete without a souvenir or two, and you’ll find unique antique quilts at Pickering Farm, just outside of Richmond. Using fabrics from as far back as 1780, a hand-crafted souvenir can be made as you explore the farm.

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Back to the present day, the Hopkins Center for the Arts hosts regular performances from Dartmouth students and visiting jazz bands, gospel choirs, modern dance and even classical music acts. You can even get hands on and learn the arts at Hanover Fine Craft Gallery, where there are jewellery, sculpture and pottery classes. And if you love the arts and pretty greenery, Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ estate is a must-visit.

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Best time to visit New Hampshire

Holidays to New Hampshire are most popular in the summer, when temperatures regularly climb to the high twenties. The state doesn’t have a ‘rainy season’ as it either snows or rains relatively consistently throughout the year. August is usually the driest month, so it’s best to visit then if you’re planning to hit the trails. Visit in spring and you’ll have the footpaths and streets to yourself, as it’s usually quiet until May.

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Winter is a popular time for skiers and boarders, as the state is blanketed in snow and its mountains are the perfect playground. If you’re planning to hike the trails, winter snows will often cause them to shut to the public. It’s the quietest time of year in the cities, though, so you’ can explore places like Manchester and Concord in peace. Autumn is a better time to tackle the trails, and you’ll be treated to beautiful scenery as the trees transition into their fiery shades.

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Things to do

Things to do in New Hampshire

There’s plenty to do across the state. See more of the beautiful scenery with a road trip along Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountain National Forest, which is especially lovely in autumn. If you’re staying near Lake Winnipesaukee, make time for a tour of Castle in the Clouds, or hike to the waterfall within the huge estate. You can also get your history fix in Salem – visit the 4,000-year-old stone caves and structures, dubbed ‘America’s Stonehenge’.

Show More
Show Less

Beer and horses might not be an obvious combination, but Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Merrimack offers free tours and a chance to see its famous Budweiser Clydesdales. And if you love shopping, New Hampshire is a paradise – everything is a bit cheaper, as there’s no sale tax added state-wide. You can also keep the kids happy at family-friendly theme parks, like Story Land in Glen and Santa’s Village in Jefferson. Or experience the antique rides and modern rollercoasters of Canobie Lake Park.



Show More
Show Less

Nature & Wildlife

Nature & wildlife

Northern New Hampshire is a nature-lover’s paradise. The trails of White Mountain National Forest, as well as Nash Stream Forest close to the Canadian border, are verdant in summer, crisp in spring and autumn, and picture-perfect all year round. You’ll spot white-tailed deer, fox and even black bears as you explore.

If you’re not keen on hiking, take the Mount Washington Cog Railway up to the peak instead. This steep track was amazingly built in 1869 and climbs from Bretton Woods to the summit of New England’s highest peak. Or, take your car up the steep Mount Washington Auto Road – the views make the nerve-racking drive worth it.

Show More
Show Less

Route 3, which winds its way through New Hampshire from Pittsburg to the Canadian Border, has earned itself the nickname of ‘Moose Alley’. Drive carefully past the lush woods and scenic lakes and you’re likely to spot the huge creatures ambling along.



Show More
Show Less

History and Culture

History & culture

Canterbury’s Shaker Village will take you back in time, as the traditional community lives and works as the religion’s founders did, more than 200 years ago. Watch woodworking, spinning and basket-weaving demonstrations across the village, or learn more about the town from its residents. No trip is complete without a souvenir or two, and you’ll find unique antique quilts at Pickering Farm, just outside of Richmond. Using fabrics from as far back as 1780, a hand-crafted souvenir can be made as you explore the farm.

Show More
Show Less

Back to the present day, the Hopkins Center for the Arts hosts regular performances from Dartmouth students and visiting jazz bands, gospel choirs, modern dance and even classical music acts. You can even get hands on and learn the arts at Hanover Fine Craft Gallery, where there are jewellery, sculpture and pottery classes. And if you love the arts and pretty greenery, Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ estate is a must-visit.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit New Hampshire

Holidays to New Hampshire are most popular in the summer, when temperatures regularly climb to the high twenties. The state doesn’t have a ‘rainy season’ as it either snows or rains relatively consistently throughout the year. August is usually the driest month, so it’s best to visit then if you’re planning to hit the trails. Visit in spring and you’ll have the footpaths and streets to yourself, as it’s usually quiet until May.

Show More
Show Less

Winter is a popular time for skiers and boarders, as the state is blanketed in snow and its mountains are the perfect playground. If you’re planning to hike the trails, winter snows will often cause them to shut to the public. It’s the quietest time of year in the cities, though, so you’ can explore places like Manchester and Concord in peace. Autumn is a better time to tackle the trails, and you’ll be treated to beautiful scenery as the trees transition into their fiery shades.

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