The state motto of New Hampshire is, “Live Free or Die,” which tells you everything you need to know about the attitude of this Northeastern enclave. Travel to New Hampshire to immerse yourself in this state’s natural beauty, remoteness and rugged independence—a winning combination that has called to many famous writers and intellectuals. Robert Frost, Daniel Webster and E.E. Cummings all called New Hampshire home and their iconic farms, a snapshot of American life, are open to public tours.
Snowcapped mountains with ski resorts, deep green forests and churning rivers make New Hampshire travel an excellent choice for outdoor adventurers. There are over 1300 lakes for water sports and camping. The famous Appalachian Trail carves through the White Mountains, drawing hikers from all over the world during the summer months. In winter, skiers flock to the resorts for excellent downhill skiing.
New Hampshire claims only a small stretch of Atlantic coastline, so visitors should not miss the quaint, beach town of Portsmouth for some fresh lobster rolls and a chance to admire the colonial buildings that go all the way back to 1623—the third oldest city in the nation! Consult the Travel + Leisure New Hampshire travel guide to plan your perfect trip.
Things Not to Miss in New Hampshire
• Mount Washington
• Lake Winnipesaukee
• Skiing at Attitash
• The homes and birthplaces of E.E. Cummings (Joy Farm), Robert Frost and Daniel Webster
• Fall foliage along the Kancamagus Highway
• The colonial town of Portsmouth
When to Go to New Hampshire
There are fun things to do when you visit New Hampshire all year round, but the distinct seasons are suited to certain activities. The state is at its best in August and early September, when the lakes echo with loon calls, trails are canopied in green, and local fairs set up their tents. The temperature is warmest in the summer months of July and August, which is a good time for boating and hiking. If you want to see the leaves change in autumn, plan a chilly October visit. Bring a sweater and mittens! The coldest month of the year is January, which has the highest snowfall, and is perfect for winter sports.