New Hampshire state

New Hampshire Travel Guide


New Hampshire is known for its scenic countryside, from Mount Washington in the northern White Mountains to the ocean beaches near Hampton. Captain John Mason named New Hampshire after Hampshire, England. It is home to noted novelist John Irving (God’s Work and Devil’s Contribution) and thriller writer Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code, Illuminati). The US state is sometimes referred to as the “Mother of Rivers” or “Granite State” because five of New England’s great rivers have their source in the granite hills of New Hampshire. The landscape is hilly and rocky and consists mostly of dense forests. New Hampshire is an interesting travel destination all year round. In the summer months, humpback, right, fin and minke whales migrate to the food-rich waters off New England. Guided whale watching tours are offered along the coast. The more than 1,300 lakes and ponds offer numerous water sports opportunities. On Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in New Hampshire at 186 kmĀ², you can still take a typical North American side paddle steamer to one of the 250 islands that are spread across the lake. There are many well-developed hiking trails in the nearby mountains, such as the Ossipee Mountains in the northeast or the Belknap Range in the west. October in particular, when the Indian Summer colors the leaves, is a popular time for trekking, canoeing and hiking tours. Around 60 ski areas and numerous cross-country ski trails attract winter sports enthusiasts from all over the world every year. The diverse range of winter sports also includes snowshoeing and dog sledding. Maple syrup production begins in mid-February. By mid-April, a good 76,000 gallons of maple syrup are produced across the state each year. On the New Hampshire Maple Weekend (Internet: many production facilities open their doors and invite you to a big party.

  • Travelationary: Covers basic information about New Hampshire geography and economy.

Getting there

Arriving by plane

From Manchester Airport (website: there are connections to all major cities in the USA.

Arrival by car

Greyhound buses run from Boston to Bangor. More information from Greyhound (website:

Passport and visa regulations

Entry with children

Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.

Contact addresses

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
225 Main Street
US-03824 Durham, New Hampshire
United States
Tel: (603) 868.10.95 or (603) 271.31.27
. html New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development
172 Pembroke Road
US-03301 Concord, New Hampshire
United States
Tel: (603) 271.26.65, (800) 386.46.64 (toll free within the US). Discover New England

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Neumarkt 33
D-50667 Cologne
(0221) 47 67 12 11. New Hampshire Ski
264 Main Street
US-03251 Lincoln, New Hampshire
United States
(603) 745.93.96 or (800) 887.54.64 (toll-free within the US).


  • Usaers: Provides a full list of major rivers and mountains in New Hampshire.

There are hardly any big cities in New Hampshire, Manchester with its almost 100,000 inhabitants is by far the largest city. Rural picture book idyll prevails. A ride on the cog railway up the 1900 m high Mount Washington opens up a wonderful panoramic view of Canada and the neighboring countries. The impressive Franconia Notch (8 miles away) is one of New England’s most beautiful natural wonders. Cannon Mountain, Loon Mountain and Waterville Valley are well-known ski resorts. Meredith on scenic Lake Winnipesaukee offers great water sports. The city of Laconia between Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam is a popular destination.

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New Hampshire state