New Hampshire Travel Guide

New Hampshire State Travel Guide

Brief History

New Hampshire got its name from the Hampshire County of England in 1629. This was in honor of Captain John Mason, who was the Governor of Portsmouth in Hampshire in England. John Mason was the proprietor of this new land called New Hampshire as well. The state is situated in the north east of the United States of America.

New Hampshire is a noted name in the names of the lands that possess extraordinary scenic beauty. Be it Mount Washington in the northern White Mountains or the serene beaches near Hampton, the graceful enchantment leaves its signature all through.

'Mother of Rivers' and the 'Granite State' - these are the names by which the state is also known, mainly because the five great streams of New England find their origin in the somber granite hills.

New Hampshire is a rocky mountain-land, dotted with hills, hillocks, and dense forests all over.

Like the geography of the state and a climate that is marked by excessively cold winters, the inhabitants of New Hampshire are terse as well.

New Hampshire Official Language(s) English
New Hampshire Demonym Granite Stater, New Hampshirite
New Hampshire Capital Concord
New Hampshire Largest City Manchester
New Hampshire Area  Ranked 46th in the US
 - Total 9,350[citation needed] sq mi
(24,217 km2)
 - Width 68 miles (110 km)
 - Length 190 miles (305 km)
 - % water 4.1
 - Latitude 42° 42′ N to 45° 18′ N
 - Longitude 70° 36′ W to 72° 33′ W
New Hampshire Population  Ranked 41st in the US
 - Total 1,324,575 (2009 est.)
1,235,786 (2000)
- Density 146.7/sq mi  (56.65/km2)
Ranked 20th in the US
 - Median Income  $60,441 (6th)
New Hampshire Elevation  
 - Highest Point Mt. Washington
6,288 ft  (1,917 m)
 - Mean 1,000 ft  (305 m)
 - Lowest Point Atlantic Ocean
0 ft  (0 m)
New Hampshire Before Statehood Province of New Hampshire
New Hampshire Admission to Union  June 21, 1788 (9th)
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch (D)
New Hampshire Lieutenant Governor None
Legislature General Court
 - Upper House Senate
 - Lower House House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Judd Gregg (R)
Jeanne Shaheen (D)
U.S. House Delegation 1: Carol Shea-Porter (D)
2: Paul Hodes (D)
New Hampshire Time Zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
New Hampshire Abbreviations NH N.H. US-NH
New Hampshire Website

More about New Hampshire

The first thing that comes into one’s mind while talking of a place is the language of the place. The main language of New Hampshire is English. French is spoken in the northern part of the state and especially in the Berlin area, because most of the French Canadian migrants came and settled there. The southern regions find a good number of Spanish speaking populations, mainly the regions, Manchester and Nashua.

If you are planning your visit to Coastal and South New Hampshire, late-spring, late-summer and early-fall are the months that will be excellent. However, heat waves in summer and the snow-concentration in the winter months don’t make it a very good idea for the tourists to visit Coastal and South New Hampshire during those times.

During fall's foliage, New Hampshire is overtly crowded. Avoid the autumn weekends, if you don’t want crowds to bother your solitude.

In the White Mountains regions, the climate is really different. The winters are extreme and there is also intense snowfall, not only in winter but also in early spring or late autumn. The winds are also very strong.
However, if you are into skiing and hiking, and love snow-sports, the winter months can be the ideal time for you to visit White Mountains regions in November and early-spring.

New Hampshire Things to See and Do

From well-to-do city dwellers to die-hard adventurers – New Hampshire is a vacation spot loved by all. The diverse terrain and varied climate make the land all the more interesting. It makes a perfect weekend at New Hampshire with fantastic ski resorts, a great hunting and fishing experience and the true New England lodges and restaurants. Here are a list of places to visit and things to do on your trip to New Hampshire.

Great North Woods, New Hampshire

The Great North Woods are situated the Canadian border. The wild forest stretches mile after mile evoking a certain grim danger with the wilderness. There are a few paved roads, but those are owned privately by the timber industry. The logging roads are however, publicly accessible. Camp here, and spend a few days in a tent. You will feel that you have gone back to the days of primeval solitude.

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee

This place is mainly known for the colleges and academic institutions that dot the landscape here.

New Hampshire Lakes

There are a total of 273 lakes in New Hampshire. If you love swimming, boating, fishing and having a great time in water parks, you can have all the excitement and relaxation blended together at the Lakes region.

Merrimack Valley

If you are a typical city-person, visit the Merrimack Valley Region. This is the business hub of New Hampshire. Manchester is the main financial center and the capital of the state. The largest airport of the state is also situated here.


This region is the pure 'New England' region in the state. The serene villages and farmlands, and the quaint beauty of the greenery all around evoke a pure feel of country life. You can also have an idea about how New England looked in the past.

New Hampshire Seacoast

New Hampshire can boast of having some really beautiful beaches and wonderful beach-parks. It is however a little-known fact that New Hampshire does have a shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean. The shoreline is mainly rocky in nature, but not all the beaches are like that. Go for a long drive along the coastal highway, and enjoy the beauty all though the road.

New Hampshire White Mountains

Almost the whole area is mountainous in nature. The highest peak of the White Mountains is Mt. Washington. If you are person who enjoys an adrenaline rush with hiking,skiing and trekking, this place is a must-visit for you. If you are not quite as adventurous, still, you can soak in the natural beauty and enjoy a wonderful vacation.