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    Unbelievable Sand Scultpures

    by agapotravel Written Jul 4, 2007

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    Are you ready for these pictures??? Every summer in New Hampshire, contestants come from all over the country (and various parts of the world) to enter this sand sculpture contest. I believe you have to be invited to participate. They import special sand for this contest. Only one person can work on the sculpture at a time. Sand and water are the only materials used.

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    Day Hikes

    by moirnh Written Apr 2, 2007

    One of the best activities in New Hampshire is hiking in the White Mountains. Many of the hikes are very rigorous and can take a very long day. There are several that can take just a few hours and are extremely rewarding. In my opinion, the best short hike is the Welsh-Dickey trail. It takes no more than 2 hours, it is a circuit so you do not have to go in and out the same trail, and it gives great views over open rock for a minimum effort. Take a picnic lunch.

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    Lake region

    by Helga67 Updated Feb 20, 2007

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    In the center of New Hampshire, enclosed by mountains lies the Lake region. This region contains several lakes of which Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest one with more than 200 small island in it. It's a popular place during summertime. Make sure to have a stop in Wolfeboro, the oldest vacation resort and also the biggest and most lovely town on the lake.

    Squam lake Wolfsboro Lake Winnipesaukee Lake Winnipesaukee Lake Winnipesaukee

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    Mt. Washington Auto Road

    by Helga67 Updated Feb 20, 2007

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    Drive to the top of Mount Washington. You can take a guided tour in a van or drive your own car and receive an audio tour on CD or cassette and a bumper sticker "This car climbed Mt. Washington"

    The road to the top is small, windy and loopy. At the foot there is wood and lots of green. The higher you go, the rockier and less greener it gets. Be careful because it is possible that you will drive into the clouds. It will take about 20 minutes to get to the top where you will find a huge parking lot and a gift shop, restaurant, post office, small museum about the mountain and a weather station.

    Entrance: car & driver: 20 USD, additional adult: 7 USD

    This, by the way, is one of three ways to reach the Mount Washington summit, the others being on foot following the Appalachian Mountain Club trails, or by the Mount Washington Cog Railway.

    Mt. Washington Auto Road At the top Along the road vegetation on the mountain Mt. Washington Auto Road
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    Pumpkin people

    by Helga67 Updated Feb 18, 2007

    During the first three weeks of October you should visit Jackson and surroundings for the pumpkin people. Local people make funny and colourful displays of pumpkins. You can ask for a map to make a tour of the displays. At the end of October a winner is choosen.

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    Bretton Woods -- Mount Washington Hotel

    by Ewingjr98 Written Jan 28, 2007

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    Opened in 1902, the Mount Washington Hotel is in Carroll, NH, but the area is generally known as Bretton Woods after the local ski resort of the same name. The list of famous guests this hotel has hosted is long and distinguished, including President Warren Harding, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, , oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, baseball player Babe Ruth, inventor Thomas Edison, author Carl Sandburg, director Alfred Hitchcock, and businessman Joseph Kennedy.

    The hotel's most famous and far-reaching event was the Bretton Woods Conference of 1944. Near the end of World War II, delegates from 44 nations gathered to determine the rebuilding process for the world economy after the war ended. It was here that the gold standard, pegged to the US dollar was determined, and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank were created to encourage trade and development.

    Rooms at the Mount Washington Hotel start around $200 for accommodations only, and some of the large suites are closer to $800 per night (and probably more for high-powered guests). Luckily nearby hotels such as the Bretton Arms Country Inn and the Lodge at Bretton Woods offer rooms for under $100 per night.

    Mount Washington Hotel at Bretton Woods, NH

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    Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

    by mikelisaanna Written Jan 15, 2007

    The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is a small zoo and nature center located in New Hampshire's lake district. It features a number of exhibits of animals and birds native to New Hampshire that are shown in their natural habitat. The exhibits are connected by hiking paths that allow your kids to burn off some energy and get some exercise in between the exhibits.

    One of the paths in the nature center A mountain lion An owl
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    Fall in the White Mountains

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 10, 2007

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    The White Mountains are a favorite destination for people from across southern New England to see the leaves change each fall. One of the favorite drives is the Kancamagus Scenic Byway across the southern end of the park. 34. miles of scenic road wind along the Rocky Gorge and over a 2,855 foot high pass offering stunning views.

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    Franconia Notch & the Old Man of the Mountain

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 10, 2007

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    The old Man of the Mountain. Where to begin? Little known outside of New Hampshire, somehow this great state thought it was important enough to include on their state quarter. I'd love to know how many people saw the quarter when it was first issued and had no idea what the image was...I'd bet close to 90% of the country. Even today people still probably have no idea what the old man is.

    He was discovered around 1805 towering some 1,200 feet above Profile Lake, which I'm sure he used for shaving. His massive head was some 40 feet tall and 25 feet wide, but from a few thousand feet away it looked like a speck on the horizon. I'm sure his stone head was heavy and in 1916 cables were installed to keep his forehead from dipping and keep his chin up. We wouldn't want the Old Man to hang is head, they said. In 1958 the crack in his head had widened, so the state of NH authorized $25,000 to further secure his head and create a water diversion ditch along his now rapidly receding hairline. In 1972 his crumbling ear was patched, but his hearing never improved. In 1991 his adams apple was glued together, but the Old Man never spoke another word after that. In 2002 one of he former caretaker's ashes were implanted in the Old Man's eye, causing his to cry in pain. Finally the tired Old Man collapsed in May 2003.

    Poor Old Man....nice afro, though Lake known as Old Man's reflecting pool The Old Man's legacy

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    Mount Washington

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 10, 2007

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    Mount Washington is certainly New England's mount famous mountain, standing at 6,288 feet it is the tallest mountain in the northeast US.

    Mount Washington is known for having some of the worst weather ever recorded in the world including winds of 231 mph in 1934 and hurricane-force winds an average of 110 days each year. The peak of the mountain has hosted a weather observatory off an on since 1870.

    Ascent can be done on the cog railway or the auto road. This is also a great hiking area, with the Appalachian Trail crossing the summit. Skiing Mount Washington is popular each Memorial Day, as are the road race (running not driving) and the bicycle race.

    The entrance to the Auto Road.

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    Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 7, 2006

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    Strawbery Banke is a open-air museum in Portsmouth depicting the life of the first settlers in this area. You can wander along the historic houses and period gardens dating from 1695. A couple of the houses are on their original sites. Some were moved to the site to save them from demolition. In some houses people in costumes will tell you the story of the settlers.

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    Explore the Flume

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 6, 2006

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    The Flume Gorge is a natural 800-foot chasm at the southern tip of Franconia Notch State Park. It's a very popular attraction. The trail starts at the Franconia Notch State Park Visitor Center from where you can walk or take a shuttle bus to the gorge. The entire walking loop through the Flume and back to the visitor center by way of the pool is 2 miles (3.2 km) and takes about 1.5 hours. The walk will lead you along waterfalls, covered bridges, a scenic pool, wonderful mountain views and glacial boulders. The shuttle bus will bring you nearby but you still have to walk the last part to the top of the gorge via boardwalks and steps, which can be quite exhausting for elderly people.

    It was one of our best trails in that area, really recommendable!

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    Sabbaday falls

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 6, 2006

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    We visited the Sabbaday falls. They are located on the Kancamagus Highway. It's an easy 0.4 mile hike to a picturesque series of cascades in a narrow flume. It will take you about 20 minutes to get there.

    The legend of Sabbaday falls:
    Legend has it that one Saturday night, with winter rapidly approaching, workmen building a road from Albany Intervale to Waterville decided it was time to call it quits. They hid their tools, planning to return the following spring. Before leaving on Sunday morning, they named the brook Sabbaday Brook for the Sabbath Day, or "Sabbaday". The workers never returned to complete the road, but the name has endured.

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    Explore the White Mountains National Forest

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 6, 2006

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    The White Mountain National Forest has numerous hiking opportunities for all experience levels. Some will lead to waterfalls. Did you know that there are over 100 waterfalls in the White Mountains?

    If you are not into hiking you can drive the White Mountain Trail. This trail is a loop of about one hundred miles that can be done in less than a day. You can start your trail at the visitors center. Go via Franconia Notch to Crawford Notch where you will pass the historic Mount Washington Hotel (site of the 1944 Bretton Woods Monetary Conference, which established the gold standard and the World Bank International Monetory Fund), and via Conway drive back over the Kancamagus Highway to the visitors center.

    Mount Washington Hotel
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    Kancamagus Highway

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 6, 2006

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    Drive along the NH 112 between Lincoln and Conway. The road is known as the Kancamagus Highway. Almost the entire length of the road is within the boundaries of the White Mountains national forest and climbs to nearly 3000 feet at Kancamagus Pass near Lincoln. There are many stop-overs for scenic mountain views and trails that will lead you into the White Mountains or to waterfalls.

    Along the road you can visit Albany covered bridge, lower falls, rocky gorge, Champney falls and Sabbaday falls, Sugar hill overlook, C.L. Graham overlook, Pemi overlook, Hancock overlook and Loon mountain.

    Kancamagus Highway
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