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    Mountains

    by german_eagle Written Jun 19, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The North of New Hampshire means mountains. The Appalachians stretch in direction southwest to northeast. The dominating mountain region here are the White Mountains with the highest peaks to find in the Presidential Range (Mt. Washington, 6288 ft.). The mountains are by far not as spectacular as in the American West, Canada or in the Alps. However, they appear quite massive due to deeply shaped valleys - towns are set in quite low elevations.

    When we visited in early October the skies were blue except for one rainy afternoon, foliage in full swing (see pics) and the air was crisp. No crowds.

    Fondest memory: The blue water of Sawyer's pond with the white canoe, red leaves, blue sky. These colours!

    The views from the top station of Wildcat gondola - Mt. Washington, the rolling hills towards the ocean (Maine).

    Although no mountains - the small College town of Hanover, the Green that filled up with students at lunch time.

    White Mountains View from Wildcat Mt. Mt Washinton
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    Glistening Strawberry Banke

    by Pawtuxet Updated Dec 16, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Strawberry Banke is a town which has become a museum, representing about 400 years of architecture and crafts which have been part of this town through the centuries. It's located just beside the town of Portsmouth, which is a vital, bustling, revived town of many pleasures. Both are worthy of the visit. This weekend there were crowds everywhere, but it was holiday happy and twinkling lights everywhere you looked.
    We're already planning to go back in the summer months when all the gardens are in bloom and we can wander outdoors with the sunshine. Decorated for Christmas, however, is a very special time in Strawberry Banke. Be sure you check it out one day.

    Horse drawn carriages always lure my camera The tree in the main square of Portsmouth Stunning church at the center Everyone was out shopping Lots of interesting shops along the brick sidewalk
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    Hikers' Delight

    by diver-x Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Fondest memory: When I lived in NH, I would hike a portion of the Wapack Trail (http://www.wapack.org/) nearly every weekend. The section I liked the best starts out at the base of the Temple Mt ski area on the Temple/Peterborough line and went south to New Ipswich. There are several peaks along the trail affording exellent views of Mt. Monadnock, Pack Monadnock and the surrounding towns. It's a very peaceful and meditative hike. I miss the convenience of having it 'right in my back yard.'

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    The great Lake Winnepesaukee

    by Pawtuxet Updated Sep 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Good friends have a cabin right on the lake with a dock out in front. There is an assortment of boats and jet skis....dogs, kids, a few lobsters....and life is sweet.
    What a lake it is! Enormous...clean...and FUN. There are a couple of towns which front on the lake like Meredith and The Weirs. We stay away from the crowds...just sun, water, and good friends. Here is Joe, wishing he had worked out more during the year. :-)
    There is always a crew getting ready to take off to go water skiing at Lake Winnepesaukee.

    my daughter & I...when I still wore a bathing suit
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    Don't Miss the Swift River Bridge at North Conway

    by Goner Updated Dec 13, 2002

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    Favorite thing: It's located one-half mile north of N.H. Route 16 at Conway Village over the Swift River.
    The style of the bridge is Paddleford truss with added arches. It was built in 1870. The original cost is unknown. Structural Characteristics; the bridge is 129'4" long with a clear span of 110'6". It has an overall width of 21'0" with a roadway width of 17'2", and a minimum vertical clearance of 13'2". The structure is closed to vehicular traffic.

    Swfit River Bridge in Conway

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    Don't Miss the Cornish-Windsor Bridge

    by Goner Updated Nov 16, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The covered bridges are unique to New England and many can be seen throughout New Hampshire.

    Location: West of N.H. Route 12A, five miles south of Plainfield Village on Cornish Toll Bridge Road. This bridge spans the Connecticut River connecting the towns of Cornish N.H. and Windsor, Vt. Style of Bridge: Town lattice truss. Year of Construction: 1866. Original Cost: $9,000
    Structural Characteristics: The bridge is 449'5" long and consists of two spans of 204'0" and 203'0". It has an overall width of 24'0"., a roadway width of 19'6", and a maximum vertical clearance of 12'9". It is posted for ten tons. See more photos in my travelog.

    Cornish-Windsor Bridge

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    Don't Miss the Sawyers Crossing Covered Bridge

    by Goner Updated Dec 13, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Location: One mile north of N.H. Route 32 near the site of an old Indian community on Sawyer's Crossing Road in Swanzey. It spans the Ashuelot River.

    It was built in 1859 to replace a bridge constructed prior to 1771. Original Cost: 1771 - 53 pounds, six shillings. The bridge is 158'5" long with clear span of 61'6" and 77'3". It has an overall width of 21'0" with a roadway width of 17'2" and a maximum vertical clearance of 12'0". It has fully sheathed sides.

    Thompson Covered Bridge

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    Covered Bridges

    by Helga67 Updated Nov 2, 2006

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    Favorite thing: New Hampshire has more than 50 covered bridges. They are also called "kissing bridges", because of their frequent use by the youngsters. Most bridges have a wooden structure and they are all different.

    Covered bridges in New Hampshire

    Flume covered bridge, Lincoln
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    Scenic Drives

    by Helga67 Updated Feb 21, 2007

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    Fondest memory: New Hampshire is packed with scenic drives. Especially the two national scenic byways, the White Mountain Trail and the Kancamagus Scenic Byway are wonderful during the foliage season.

    New Hampshire with its picturesque and historic villages, small towns, covered bridged, lakes and a lot of natural vistas is an ideal state to drive around in your (rental) car.

    Byways in New Hampshire

    Jackson Jackson North Woodstock
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    The beautiful fall foliage

    by aemilys Written Oct 11, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The best thing I remember about New Hampshire was walking in the woods just amazed at all the beautiful colors. If you pick a good foliage year it is just breathtaking and a once in a lifetime experience (unless you are lucky enough to live there).

    Fondest memory: I miss the foliage, pumkins in the fall, maple syrup on snow in the spring, the mountains and the snow.

    Birch trees
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  • The Notches

    by bebop88 Updated Nov 5, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The White mountains contain several areas (called Notches) that were carved out during the glacial periods. The three main ones are Franconia Notch, Crawford Notch, and Pinkham Notch. All three areas are quite scenic and contain some great hiking trails.

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    Lake Winnipesaukee

    by dracko Updated Apr 8, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Check out Lake Winnipesaukee. It's right in the middle of New Hampshire, and is a great place to spend a few days relaxing. It's a large lake, surrounded by numerous small towns. Wolfeboro is the largest on the Eastern shore, and Laconia on the Western. Both have plenty of small-town charm and B&Bs to stay at and chill, although personally I'd pick Wolfeboro.

    Wolfeboro also happens to be one of the oldest tourist destinations in the US. It does tend to get a little crowded in the heat of the tourist season, but I haven't noticed it to be too overwhelming.

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    Lake Winnepesauke

    by syllybabe Written Sep 11, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Somebody told me there are over a thousand lakes in NH. I wasn't sure if that was accurate so I looked...apparently, there are over 250 lakes and ponds all over the state.

    Lake Winnepesauke is a big, beautiful lake that covers 72 sq. miles in Central NH.

    Fondest memory: Sitting on the deck with friends on a summer afternoon

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    Portsmouth

    by syllybabe Written Sep 13, 2005

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    Favorite thing: It's got a quaint town center with old, narrow streets and fun shops common in New England towns. Enjoy the day walking around, eating ice cream on a hot, summer day, or warming up with a cup of coffee during the cold months.

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    Foliage Season

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 7, 2006

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    Fondest memory: Autumn is a wonderful time to visit New Hampshire because of its foliage colors. The cooler and shorter days of September cause the green chlorophyll to disappear from the leaves. Gold, brown and yellow become the prominent leaf colors of popular, oak, beech and birch trees. The sugar in the sugar and red maple tree bring out the red in these trees.
    The best autumn colors are produced when dry, sunny days are followed by cool, dry nights. The color change begins in the northern part of the region mid-September and moves southward through mid-to-late October.

    Here is a good website for more information on the foliage season:
    www.visitnh.gov/fall-foliage-new-england.html

    White Mountain National Forest
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