Welcome to New Hampshire
Located in the northeastern corner of the United States, New
Hampshire is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. Known as the 'Mother of
Rivers', the five great streams of New England originate in its
hills, most notably the 410 mile (670km) Connecticut River, which
begins at New Hampshire's Connecticut Lakes and flows south into
Bordered by the Canadian province of Quebec to the north and
northwest, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Massachusetts
to the south, and Vermont to the west, life in New Hampshire is
like a permanent vacation, drawing visitors from the surrounding
states for a week at the coast or a memorable mountain trekking
Its highest peak, Mount Washington, which reaches 6,288 feet
(1,918m), has claimed many lives over the years with its strong
winds and freezing temperatures, some of the worst recorded in the
continental United States. Mount Monadnock in the south, with its
bare rock summit, mild weather and 40 miles (65km) of foot trails
is a popular alternative and is rated as the second most climbed
mountain in the world.
New Hampshire shines as a travel destination as the weather
begins to turn cold. The fall foliage is beautiful, and many
big-city dwellers from Boston and New York City take a weekend
drive to New Hampshire come autumn to enjoy the spectacular
colours. Skiing in New Hampshire is a popular winter activity, and
resorts like Attitash, Waterville Valley, and Ragged Mountain cater
for skiers of all skill levels.
From camping and climbing, to swimming and fishing, the list of
possible activities in the 'granite state' is lengthy. Not to be
forgotten though, are its captivating cities. Recently named as one
of the 'Dozen Distinctive Destinations of 2008' by the National
Trust for Historic Preservation, culturally rich Portsmouth was
celebrated for its striking coastal beauty, historic buildings and
lively downtown. Manchester, a historical mill town, has a number
of museums, restaurants, and galleries, and the most active
nightlife in New Hampshire.
Information & Facts
New Hampshire experiences warm, humid summers and cold, wet
winters with relative precipitation all year round. The weather
close to the sea is milder and wetter than the interior, which
encounters lower humidity and cooler temperatures. Winters are
snowy throughout New Hampshire, particularly in the mountainous
areas. The state is intermittently affected by hurricanes and
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).