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New Hampshire

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New Hampshire
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Quick Facts
Capital Concord
Government U.S. State
Currency US dollar (USD)
Area 24,217 km2
Population 1,323,459 (2013 est.)
Language Official:English
Religion Protestant 34%, Catholic 29%, No-Religion 26%, Other 4.5%
Electricity 120V/60Hz (North American plug)
Time Zone UTC -5/-4

New Hampshire [2] is a state in New England in the north east of the United States of America. Noted for its independent inhabitants, New Hampshire has much natural beauty. Easily accessible from Boston, New Hampshire is a popular weekend destination. In addition to its many quaint towns, lakes and mountains, New Hampshire is home to some of the nations most exclusive prep schools and the Ivy League Dartmouth College. Splurge and stay in one of the historic grand hotels in the White Mountains or relax in a lakeside camp.



Some of the major cities are:

Other destinations[edit]


Residents of the state are proud of the nature around them, so careless actions that damage the local environment are not appreciated. If hiking in the White Mountains, make certain that your travel plans are sound, as volunteer rescue teams do not appreciate being called in the middle of the night to find lost tourists. However, as tourism is the main industry in New Hampshire, tourists are certainly greatly appreciated.


Not a big surprise, but the main language is English. Because of the immigration of French Canadians, some French speakers can be found in the northern part of the state, especially in the Berlin area. The southern regions have a growing Spanish speaking population, especially Manchester and Nashua, but it is a small percentage when compared to larger US cities

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

  • Manchester - Boston Regional Airport, Brown Av. Route 101 exit 2, Manchester, Phone: +1 603 624-6556, [3]. A convenient way to get to the city and much of southern New Hampshire. Sometimes used as a low-cost, low hassle alternative to Logan International Airport in Boston.

By Bus[edit]

There is limited access to New Hampshire by train.

The Downeaster only serves the seacoast region, passing through from Boston North Station to Portland, Maine. Note that if coming from south of Boston on the NE Corridor, trains terminate at Boston South Station, and you must connect via the T or taxi to North Station. Alternatively, buses (see above) leave directly from South Station.

The Vermonter primarily serves eastern Vermont, but also serves Claremont, although several other stops are across the Connecticut river from New Hampshire, including Bellows Falls (across from Walpole) and White River Junction (across from Hanover and Lebanon).

Get around[edit]

Concord Trailways and Dartmouth Coach offer service to much of the state, however the easiest way to get around is by car. Most areas are underserved by bus (and train) so there may be no other option.

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  • Manchester is a revitalized historical mill town.
  • The White Mountains is a beautiful region with good hiking and skiing.
  • Dartmouth College is an Ivy League school in Hanover with a beautiful campus. The Hopkins Center hosts an impressive number of highly regarded performers. Seats at the Hopkins Center can be obtained easily.
  • Visit a small town outside of the "Golden Triangle" (Area from Salem to Nashua to Manchester) and check out the atmosphere.
  • Mount Washington (6,288 feet) is the largest mountain in the Northeast, and the site of the highest recorded windspeed in the world (231 miles per hour). Mount Washington provides an excellent experience for a hiker, contains Tuckerman's Ravine, a popular and difficult skiing destination reached only on foot.
  • Lake Winnipesaukee
  • Portsmouth is a historic town on the sea
  • Franklin Pierce Homestead in Hillsborough, former home of Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the United States
  • Currier Museum of Art in Manchester
  • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish

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Good terrain with great skiing.


The White Mountains are a common destination for hiking, located in the middle part of the state.

Mt. Monadnock (3,165ft), a designated National Natural Landmark is said to be the 2nd most frequently climbed mountain after Japan's Mt. Fuji.

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Unlike many neighboring states, there is no sales tax. New Hampshire is known for its handcrafted goods. Each August, Newbury hosts the 9-day League of NH Craftsmen's Fair which is the nations oldest continuously running fair. New Hampshire is also known for its impressive selection of liquor. Liquor is "regulated" in the state and there are over 79 modern and sizable outlets run by the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. The largest location is a new 33,000 square-foot store in Nashua. Cigarettes are also by far the cheapest in the region.

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New Hampshire offers up many great roadside diners, places that are a belt busting quick cheap eateries. Strong points are pancakes with local maple syrup and beer from one of many of the local breweries. Portsmouth and Manchester have the best selection of restaurants. Dining in many rural areas is patchy but there are gems to be found. There are also many great seafood restaurants in the seacoast area.

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The legal drinking and purchasing age of alcoholic beverages is 21. New Hampshire is one of the 5 states which have no exceptions to this rule. Under age drinking is taken very seriously so if you are in a club or bar and appear to be under 30 you should be ready to present identification showing your age.

While much of the state is rural and not known for its nightlife, there are some clubs to check out in Manchester and buzzing Portsmouth has many restaurants and bars to choose from. Under-age drinking is highly enforced (including small towns) with very stiff penalties.

There are several breweries and brewpubs worth a visit in New Hampshire.

  • Smuttynose Brewing Company, Portsmouth.
  • Redhook Brewery, Portsmouth.
  • Lithermans Limited Brewing Company, Concord
  • Stoneface Brewing Company, Newington
  • Post and Beam Brewing, Peterborough
  • Woodstock Inn, Station & Brewery, Woodstock
  • The Portsmouth Brewery in, you guessed it, Portsmouth.
  • Seven Barrel Brewery, Lebanon.
  • Henniker Brewing Company, Henniker
  • Tuckerman Brewing, Conway.
  • Flying Goose Brewpub, New London. 603-526-6899
  • Elm City Brewpub, Keene.
  • Budweiser, Merrimack. A Budweiser brewery in Merrimack which you can tour. 603-595-1202.
  • Tamworth Distilling, Tamworth
  • Walpole Mountain View Winery, 114 Barnett Hill Rd., [1]. A New Hampshire Vineyard and Winery  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Law enforcement[edit]

Law enforcement in the state of NH is provided by the New Hampshire State Police. New Hampshire State Police marked cars are forest green and tan. Their uniforms are also the same. NH has local police and county sheriffs. NH law enforcement cars have blue emergency lighting. New Hampshire is constantly ranked among the safest states in the country. Crime is typically not a problem, but make sure to be careful while driving—especially if you're unfamiliar with winter driving. Moose occasionally wander onto the roads in the White Mountains region and Northward and are a serious hazard. When hiking, bear encounters are possible and the weather can change rapidly at higher elevations, especially in the Presidential Range. The area surrounding Mt. Washington is home to some of the worst weather in America and was previously the record holder for the world's fastest wind speeds (and still holds the record for the Northern Hemisphere).

In New Hampshire no license is required to own a firearm, and the state is home to a large population of firearm owning adults. Do not be alarmed if you see an individual carrying a handgun or rifle, as this is perfectly legal and protected under the Second Amendment of the United States as well as the New Hampshire Constitution. While a large percentage of New Hampshire's population owns firearms, gun-related crime is incredibly rare in New Hampshire, and New Hampshire is frequently ranked among the safest states to live in.

Winter Weather[edit]

In New Hampshire winter can be very cold and temperatures can go under sub zeros in certain areas. Roads can be closed depending on snow condinitons.


Many of the things that can be found for this section can be found in the article for Vermont.

Politics can be a touchy subject in New Hampshire. The state is home to the "First in the nation" primary during the US Presidential Elections. During election seasons, political ads are very frequently seen. It is best not to bring up political matters unless the person you are conversing with is interested in politics.

It is best not to talk about the state's drug crisis which has hit the state hard in recent years and many within the state know people who have been personally affected by it.

New Hampshire's LGBT community is relatively obscure when compared with the other New England states. Gay venues do exist in the far south, but the north still retains strong anti-gay attitudes.

Unlike neighboring states/provinces, marijuana is only legal for medical purposes. Recreation use is illegal and is strictly enforced. Keene also has a different smoking age from the rest of the state. You must be 21 or older to purchase or possess tobacco products in Keene compared to the rest of the state where you must be 18.

Get out[edit]

  • Maine - The state's northeastern neighbor is known for its seacoast fishing villages, wooded and remote interior, and stunning vistas such as that found in Acadia National Park.
  • Massachusetts - The birthplace of America's revolution, New Hampshire's southern neighbor is home to historical towns, the vacation hotspot of Cape Cod, and the always-interesting city of Boston.
  • Vermont - The fall foliage in New Hampshire's western neighbor is a site not-to-be missed, while during the rest of the year the state offers a rural charm unique in America.
  • Quebec - New Hampshire's northern neighbor, Québec's European feel, history, culture and warmth have made it a favourite tourist destination both nationally and internationally.

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