New Hampshire

New Hampshire State Travel Guide

North America

New Hampshire is located in the northeastern United States, between Quebec, Canada (north), Massachusetts (south), Maine (east), and Vermont (west). The state is divided into six regions, namely Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee, Lakes, Merrimack Valley, Monadnock, Seacoast, and White Mountains.

The Northeast of the USA is a region of extremes. The area has an extreme continental climate, with an almost tropical summer and heavy snowfall and cold temperatures well below freezing in the winter. Temperatures can be between -40°C and +40°C in summer and winter! In autumn it is surprisingly warm, when the mercury hovers around 25°C. At night, however, the temperature drops to freezing, so pack warm clothes. Annually there is about 95 cm of rain and 165 cm of snow; in the mountains, snowfall can reach up to 254 cm.

Best travel time

Without a doubt, fall is the very best time to visit New Hampshire. From the end of September, the discoloration line arrives; by the end of October all the leaves have fallen.

Flora and fauna

The most common tree here is the mighty maple with its distinctive leaves. You will also find red spruce, red pine, eastern hemlock, black birch and tulip poplars. Yet it is not only the trees that provide the necessary atmosphere. What many people forget is that ivy in all species determines a large part of the color of the environment. Animal life is as varied as there are tree species. The area is home to bald eagles, white-tailed deer, beavers, porcupines, muskrats, and snowshoe hares, among others. Whales and sea turtles can also be seen off the coast.

Main cities

The state capital of New Hampshire is Concord. In addition, Manchester, Portsmouth and Nashua are also important cities.

Nature

Autumn in New England is a spectacle. Lower temperatures and shorter days mean that the stately trees in this region shed their billions of leaves. But not before the forests give away an unparalleled color show, from juicy green to the most dazzling variations of yellow, brown, red and orange. New Hampshire is home to several atmospheric routes, the most scenic of which are the drive past the villages of Lake Winnipesaukee and the nearby White Mountains, and the drive from irresistibly romantic Dartmouth. In addition to the leafy splendor of autumn, the state’s farmer’s markets and fruit orchards are well worth seeing. Picking fruit yourself or strolling along fragrant stalls with fresh apples, peaches or melons is the recipe for a glowing autumn.

Historic Route 1

One of the oldest roads in America – Historic Route 1 – runs for a small part through New Hampshire. With that rugged coastline and the historic town of Portsmouth along the way, this is a small but popular section of Route 1.

Bridges

The Granite State has more than 50 covered bridges, also known from the old movie blockbuster ‘The Bridges of Madison County’. During a tour along some historic bridges it is therefore easy to discover why they are known as ‘kissing bridges’.

New Hampshire