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Travel to New Hampshire, USA
The White Mountains
Towering above pure lakes and dense forests, the White Mountains are New Hampshire’s crowning glory. Visitors can ascend Mt. Washington, the Northeast’s’ highest peak (at 6,288 feet), upon the Mount Washington Cog Railway. As the first of its kind, the railway has been in operation since 1869 and allows travelers to enjoy the ride in wonderfully restored vintage cars. Getting to the railway is, however, half the fun. Traverse the scenic Appalachian Trail or Kancamagus Highway through the White Mountain National Forests and make a pit stop at Conway’s Echo Lake State Park for unforgettable country views.
Robert Frost, America’s best-loved poet, called a little farm near Franconia home for several years as he wrote some of his most revered poems. The white farmhouse has been carefully preserved and now features insightful exhibitions on Frost. Frost Place also hosts various poetry programs throughout the year, keeping the depth of poetic artistry alive.
Proudly standing watch over New Hampshire’s Atlantic Coast, Portsmouth feels more English village than small American town. But it’s not just any small town. Settled in 1623, Portsmouth is the nation’s third oldest city with Colonial architecture to boot. The waterfront is a picturesque spot for gobbling down lobster, mussels, and scallops (caught that morning). If you’re afirst-timer, make sure to also make time for exploring Strawbery Banke – a 10-acre living history museum where you can explore taverns, gardens and shops all dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
New Hampshire is truly a nature enthusiast’s dream. In the White Mountain National Forest alone, visitors will find 1,200 miles of scenic hiking trails. New Hampshire has also carved out a name as New England’s prime rock climbing destination. In the winter months, snow bunnies descend upon the White Mountains for its excellent fresh powder.
New Hampshire’s stately capital is anything but stuffy and makes for a perfect introduction to the Granite State. Catch a show at Chubb Theatre, meander the beautiful corridors of the Currier Museums of Art or catch a bite to eat at any one of the farm-to-table restaurants.