Description - Fabulous sapphire waters, both fresh and salt, characterize the Seacoast area known for its openness and welcoming nature. Merrimack Valley is the heart of the state's government and known for volunteerism and the $100 annual salary of its legislators. Agribusiness and the vast greenspace may be found in the Monadnock Region. Education is the American-known keystone of the Dartmouth area. Cool summer waters and sold ice-overs describe the Lakes Region. White Mountains is known for having some of the worst weather in the world. If you're seeking to view moose, then visit the Great North Woods.
- Every region has something special to offer. The Dartmouth area invites you to visit the year-round Mount Sunapee park for multi-seasonal recreation enjoyment. The Lakes Region features White Lake State Park which is a handy stopover for those traveling north and south. The park has over 200 campsites and a lovely spot for swimming and wildlife viewing. Merrimack Valley includes Bear Brook State Park with over 9,600 acres for hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing and even dogsledding. If you are in search of undeveloped wilderness then travel to the Monadnock Region where you'll find over 13,500 pristine acres in Pisgah State Park. The Seacoast area is busy and interesting. This is where you'll find the first European settlement in New Hampshire, founded in 1623. Last and most certainly not least is the White Mountains Region. Powerful forces of nature have created one of the most life threatening yet gorgeous environments in America.
Recreation - Recreation in New Hampshire varies with the season and region you choose to visit. Activities range from hiking a rugged mountain trail to canoeing in the the Merrimack River. Ocean, rivers, lakes and mountains are accessible to visitors and residents alike for a myriad of recreation opportunities.
Special attractions include: Colonial homes in Portsmouth, the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester and the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in Concord. Lake Winnipesaukee, the state's largest body of fresh water offers an array of opportunities including the m/s Mount Washington cruises. Covered bridges, quaint villages and dazzling tax-free shopping areas are favorite activities enjoyed by those looking for less strenuous recreation.
Climate - New Hampshire residents experience four distinct seasons. Winter can be cold with average temperatures reaching 25 degrees F in December, January and February. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.
The Seacoast Region, Merrimack Valley and Monadnock Travel Region are located in the lower area of the state stretching from the Atlantic Ocean over to the Vermont state line. Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee is located along the Vermont border over to the Lakes Region which extends to the state of Maine. The White Mountains Region extends horizontally across the state and naturally falls within the White Mountain National Forest area. The Great North Woods begins north of the White Mountains nestled between Canada and Maine.