The Ultimate New Hampshire Travel Guide

The Ultimate New Hampshire Travel Guide

The Ultimate New Hampshire Travel Guide

New Hampshire: Lush forests, towering mountain peaks, gorgeous views, and a lot of fun activities, including train rides, aerial tram rides, makes New Hampshire a must-visit state in the US! Here is my New Hampshire travel guide outlining major New Hampshire attractions! 

To make it easy for you to navigate the content, I have organized my New Hampshire travel guide into two sections. (1) A brief introduction to New Hampshire, a little history, some geography, commute, and weather. (2) Major New Hampshire attractions, if you wish, you can skip the introduction and move on to the next section, New Hampshire Attractions.

History: New Hampshire was admitted to the union as the 9th state on June 21, 1788. The state was named by Captain John Mason, a sailor, and colonizer, after the English county of Hampshire. The state’s nickname, the Granite State, refers to the extensive granite quarries in the state. 

Geography: New Hampshire is known for its natural beauty, with clear lakes, forested mountains, and ocean beaches. New Hampshire is bordered by Canada on the north and by Massachusetts on the south. On the east, New Hampshire is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Maine, and on the west, New Hampshire is bordered by Vermont.

Getting There

Flight: Portsmouth – Pease Intl. Tradeport (PSM) and Manchester Airport (MHT) are the only major airports in New Hampshire.

Drive: If you live in any of the neighboring northeastern states, you could drive to New Hampshire.

Train: Amtrak offers two rail service (1) Vermonter connecting – St. Albans Essex Junction (Burlington) Springfield New York Washington, D.C., and (2) Downeaster connecting – Brunswick, Portland, and Boston.


Climate: Summers are hot, with average daytime temperatures in the range of 70°F – 85°F. Winters are cold and snowy, with average low temperatures between -4°F – 15°F (-9.4°C). Spring is pleasant with some rainfall, and autumn has mostly pleasant temperatures, but temperatures drop significantly towards the end of the season. Check current weather conditions in New Hampshire.

Time zone: Eastern Daylight Time UTC-4

Getting around: The best option is to rent a car; however, there are few other options – Greyhound busses, Concord Coach lines, Boston Express, and Peter Pan Bus Lines in New Hampshire.

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Best Places To Visit in New Hampshire

Mount Washington

Is the highest peak in the northeastern US. The summit, at 6, 288 feet, is the highest peak in the White Mountains, offering some spectacular views of the neighboring states and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Franconia Notch State Park

Located in the White Mountains in northern New Hampshire, the parkway is a remarkable mountain pass offering some breathtaking views of nearby ridges, hiking trails, and several natural wonders.

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Conway Scenic Railroad

Is a heritage railroad in North Conway, New Hampshire. The railroad operates over two historic railway routes and its main terminal is located in historic downtown North Conway in the Mount Washington Valley.

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