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North Conway station

North Conway station

Barrie Pepper

In N.H., the land itself is beautiful. The terrain is widely diverse and varied, but definitely well developed, public ocean and beaches. These attractions at times become overpopulated, not by residents but by tourists. It's a playground for well-to-do city dwellers, as well as die hard adventurers.

N.H. boasts more well marked hiking trails of all ability levels than nearly any other region in USA. New Hampshire is noted for its unlimited ski resorts, great hunting and fishing, and the formidable Mt.Washington in the White Mountains Region. There are unlimited restaurant and lodging choices, that boast a true New England bed and breakfast an experience that no one should pass up.

Further north, however, near the Canadian border, lies miles and miles of undeveloped forest, the Great North Woods. Here there are few paved roads, as it has been privately owned by the timber industry. Only logging roads, many publicly accesible as well as the frequent clear cut, spoil this area of true wilderness.

Here, the woods are so wild they emit a cartain sense of danger. Spending a few days in a tent will leave you in a state of primeval solitude.

It's an experience we all should try at leat once. Moose are more common than cattle.

New Hampshire is made up of seven distinctly unique regions.

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee

This region is widely known for the plethora of colleges and academies that dot, and in some cases dominate, the landscape. Dartmouth College is in Hanover and Proctor Academy is in Andover, while Colby-Sawer College is in New London.

Great North Woods

Nowhere do New Hampshire’s forests dominate the landscape as they do in the Great North Woods. Close proximity to Canada’s Province of Quebec, as well as the Maine and Vermont borders, has resulted in a mix of cultures and outlooks.

Lakes

Excitement and Relaxation Meet in the Lakes Region. The Lakes Region is a haven for vacationers and lovers of the water. There are 273 lakes to choose from, ensuring plenty of room for everyone to have a great time. Swimming, boating, fishing and water parks are all available for tourists enjoyment.

Merrimack Valley

The Merrimack Valley Region is the major center for government and business in the state. Its three largest cities are Concord, the capital; Manchester, the state’s financial center and home of the state’s largest airport; and Nashua, which was cited in 1997 and 1987 as the best place to live in the U.S. by Money magazine.

Monadnock

The Monadnock Region seems, at first glance, to be the most purely 'New England' region in the state. With its quaint villages, rolling farmlands and lush greenery, this is the chance for visitors to see the way New England was in generations past.

Seacoast

New Hampshire began on the Seacoast, and the region continues to thrive today. There are beautiful beaches and parks, and more than a little history to seek out in this area of the state. Not many people are aware that New Hampshire has a shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean. The shoreline is mainly rocky but a few beaches do exist. A drive along the coastal highway is a very enjoyable excersion.

White Mountains

The White Mountains Region is by far the most mountainous area of the state. The Presidential Range looms over the towns and forests and it is home to Mt. Washington, the highest point east of the Mississippi. It is a must-experience for tourists, climbers, hikers and skiers. Also, there are many shops and quaint inns and B&Bs for those who aren't quite as adventurous.

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December 27, 2006 change by waterfalls (2 points)

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