Being a small state located near the northeast tip of the US, New Hampshire has a tendency to be overlooked by travelers. Thankfully, we’re here to correct this oversight. The Granite State offers a perfect combination of historic New England appeal and laid-back, rural charm. If you’re considering an excursion to the northeastern states, here are five reasons why you shouldn’t forget about visiting New Hampshire.
1.) The Ski Slopes Stay Open into Spring
Being such a small state, it may surprise some readers that New Hampshire has well over a dozen ski/snowboarding destinations. This is mostly due to the White Mountains, which cover the northern end of the state. Why are they called the White Mountains? Well, we like to think it has something to do with the wonderful powder snow so common in the region. Whether you’re interested in a fun family resort or want to enjoy some beautiful backcountry skiing, there are plenty of New Hampshire slopes that will satisfy. For the best of both worlds, visit the 252-acre Loon Mountain Resort.
2.) Its Mountainous Beauty Could Bring Out Your Inner Poet
Even if snow isn’t your thing, the mountains of New Hampshire have a habit of inspiring its onlookers. This was one reason why revered poet Robert Frost lived on a small farm in Franconia while he wrote some of his most celebrated works. That property, known as The Frost Place, is now a museum and educational center for poetry. In addition to exploring the forested “poetry trail,” visitors can look through the indoor exhibitions and take a seat on Frost’s porch. Devoted literary enthusiasts should stop in during one of the poetry conferences or seminars.
3.) Plenty of State Park Adventures Await
Despite being the fifth smallest state, New Hampshire packs in a whopping 92 state parks within its borders. These include campgrounds, waysides, recreational trails, historical sites, beaches, and more. No matter what season you visit, you’re sure to find some undisturbed parkland ripe for exploring. Those interested in scaling some beautifully rugged trails can head to Pawtuckaway State Park in southeastern New Hampshire. For canoeing and kayaking, there’s hardly a better place in New England than the Umbagog Lake State Park. Located near the northwestern border with Maine, Umbagog Lake is also a prime location for spotting bald eagles.
4.) The Colonial Majesty of Portsmouth
Founded in 1653, Portsmouth is one of the most historic cities in all of New England. With its unique charm and colonial architecture, it’s no surprise that this small seaport city is a popular weekend getaway. Locals and tourists flock to the boutique shops along Congress Street during summer months to take advantage of New Hampshire’s tax-free shopping. After you’ve had your fill of the art galleries, museums, and fine dining in the downtown district, take a guided walking tour along Portsmouth Harbor Trail. In addition to offering excellent views of the Piscataqua River, this trail passes over 70 historic and scenic sites.
5.) It’s As Sweet As Maple Syrup
While neighboring Vermont gets much of the maple syrup glory, New Hampshire also produces its fair share of the sweet stuff. In fact, nearly 90,000 gallons of maple syrup are produced in the Granite State every year. Most of this production is done during the “sugaring season” of February, March, and April. During these months, visitors can tour local sugar houses and learn more about syrup production. Be sure to call ahead as some producers do get busy, especially on weekends. At the end of the March, more than 50 sugar houses open their doors to the public for New Hampshire Maple Weekend.
With its hospitable locals, beautiful mountain scenery, and unique colonial charm, New Hampshire is an underrated travel destination. What fascinates you most about the Granite State? Let us know in the comments!