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Welcome to New Hampshire

New Hampshire epitomizes New England charm. From its charming towns and verdant forests to towering mountains and rural landscapes, the Granite State has lots in store for adventurous RVers.

Start your trip by exploring the Great North Woods. This region is made up of lakes, rivers, and towering forests. RVers come in search of tranquility and outdoor sports including hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and biking. Many opportunities exist for wildlife viewing: moose, black bear, and deer. The eight covered bridges of Coos County span not only rivers and streams, but well over a century of history.

The White Mountains region is synonymous with recreation, it's the White Mountains. Forty-eight 4,000 foot peaks are found here, along with the highest mountain in the Northeast, 6,288-foot Mt. Washington, and the 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest.

The region has 18 family attractions, including the Conway Scenic Railroad and the Hobo Railroad, Mount Washington Cog Railway, Polar Caves, Santa's Village, Six Gun City and Storyland. The Kancamagus Highway is a spectacular drive from Lincoln to Conway and is considered one of the nation's best fall foliage drives.

Lakes Region
Beautiful, blue Lake Winnipesaukee is a year-round vacation destination that offers beaches, swimming, and every imaginable water sport. The lake includes 253 islands and is a monster in size but it does not overshadow the equally lovely Squam Lakes.

The Lakes Tour circles Lake Winnipesaukee and offers grand views, lakeside villages, and resort-type activities. The tour takes various turns, but one suggested route is to drive clockwise starting in Alton and head on to Alton Bay, Gilford, Weirs Beach, Meredith, Holderness, Center Harbor, and Moultonborough.

Moultonborough touches Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake and is home to Castle in the Clouds. This stone mansion is a prime example of the Arts and Crafts architectural style of the early 20th century. Visitors to the 5,500-acre estate may tour the castle, walk to cascading waterfalls, hike carriage trails, and ride the trolley.

The quaint town of Wolfeboro on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee claims in its motto to be "the Oldest Summer Resort in America is rustic and homey and is a popular summer destination for families.

Dartmouth - Lake Sunapee Region
Crystal clear Lake Sunapee, the third-largest lake in the state, and its neighbors, Little Sunapee and Pleasant Lake, provide opportunity for all kinds of water sports: swimming, fishing, and boating.

Cornish is home of the Cornish-Windsor Bridge, which crosses the Connecticut River and is the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States. Visit Saint - Gaudens National Historic Site, the former home, studio, and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of the greatest American sculptors of the early 20th century.

Visit Ruggle's Mine at Mount Isinglass in Grafton where more than 150 minerals are found including beryl, mica, amethyst, quartz, and garnet; mineral collecting is permitted.

The elegant Hopkins Center for the Arts is the cultural hub of Dartmouth College.

Monadnock Region
For the New England that you may recall from picture books, you need go no further than the Monadnock Region. Here you'll find small villages where white clapboard churches and town halls edge manicured town greens.

This region of rolling farmland and small towns takes its name from the towering Mount Monadnock which looms above the countryside. The mountain has 40 miles of foot trails, many of which lead through alpine vegetation to the rock summit. From the top, hikers can see magnificent views of all six New England states.

For children and families, Friendly Farm in Dublin and Stonewall Farm in Keene are places to visit and pet farm animals, and enjoy hay rides, sleigh rides, and nature walks.

Merrimack Valley Region
The centerpiece of the Merrimack region is Manchester, the state's largest city. A thriving mill town more than 100 years ago, the "Queen City" went into decline, but is now enjoying a revival, fueled by fine arts, performing arts venues, museums, and restored textile mills. The Millyard Museum traces the development of the Amoskeag Mills, the largest mill complex in the world and how it shaped Manchester into the largest planned city in New England. The Currier Museum of Art is an internationally renowned art museum featuring. Concord, the state capital is an enchanting small city. Visit the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium built in honor of the schoolteacher who perished in the space shuttle Challenger.

Leaving Concord, just a short distance to the north is the Canterbury Shaker Village, a community founded more than 200 years ago by Shakers and now a living history museum with buildings, exhibits, and costumed interpreters.