White Mountains & Beaches
|No doubt, you've heard about New Hampshire's awe-inspiring fall foliage. But do you know about its fantastic beaches? A southeastern portion of our 9th state borders the Atlantic, giving rise to beach havens in communities like Hampton Beach where you can swim in the ocean, gather seashells, and play in sand dunes. Or sail away from seafaring Portsmouth to New Hampshire's offshore islands, the Isles of Shoals.|
|But be sure to come back and explore the rest of this picturesque state, especially its fabled White Mountains. Not only can you hike, camp, or ski here in the midst of scenic glory, you can also enjoy special attractions like the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, the Conway Scenic Railroad, and Santa's Village. People also come to New Hampshire's mountains, the tallest peak rising above 6,000 feet, to see spectacular waterfalls at places like Flume Gorge and Paradise Falls at Lost River Gorge. |
One of the original 13 colonies, New Hampshire is where many American patriots took their first steps towards independence from British rule months before Paul Revere's famous Midnight Ride in neighboring Massachusetts. But New Hampshire was founded on peaceful influences as well, particularly from its large community of Shakers known for their simple, functional furniture designs and credited with inventing the flat broom and the oval box. You can get a taste of their way of life today at Canterbury Village, a working farm and tribute to New Hampshire's once thriving Shaker community.
There is so much to see and do in New Hampshire, whatever your interest may be. Here you can tube down a river, slide down a water park ride, ski down slopes, and sail across lovely lakes. You can explore caves and enjoy a picnic next to a waterfall. You can swim in the Atlantic and hike the Appalachian Trail. The choice is yours, but the opportunities are endless!
|images courtesy of newhampshire.com - top row: image #1 by Bryan Flagg, #2 by Melissa Badenna, #3 by Neal Wells, #4 by Deborah Sawyer, bottom row: image #1 by Fred K. Hall Jr., #2 by Bryan Flagg, #3 by Albert Wilkinson, #4 by Albert Wilkinson.|