"Spectacular New Hampshire" New Hampshire by Goner
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My main reason for visiting New Hampshire, besides seeing the splendid autumn colors, was to see the land where my ancestors first settled.
New Hampshire is located in northeastern United States bordered by the Province of Quebec Canada, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusettes.The population as of 1998 was 1,185,000. Its only 180 miles long and 93 miles at it's widest. It's known as the Granite State due to the abundance of granite mountains and cliffs.The state is heavily forested and has 1,300 lakes and ponds and 40,000 miles of rivers and streams. The state highways are excellent and are open to visitors all year round. Ninety percent of New Hampshire is unpopulated, thus making it a year-round playground.
People flock here for the skiing and for hiking the many hills and mountains.The highest point - Mount Washington is 6,288 feet, but it's Mount Monadnock in the south that is said to be the most climbed mountain in the world.
New Hampshire enjoys all four seasons. It has a changeable climate, with wide variations in daily and seasonal temperatures. The variations are affected by proximity to the ocean, mountains, lakes or rivers.
The weather station on Mount Washington has recorded some of the coldest temperatures and strongest winds in the continental United States..
New Hampshire became the 9th state on June 21, 1788. It was one of the original 13 colonies.
Their motto is "Live Free or Die", which is stamped on every license plate, describes the independent nature of these people which is most likely derived from their European ancestors who first settled here.
The first settlers landed in 1623, not by people who were escaping religious persecution in England, but those who wanted to establish and invest in a new colony for England. They landed in and settled Portsmouth , then travelled up the river to Dover to begin another settlement.
We started our trip in Manchester then took Hwy 101 to Hampton and on to Portsmouth to Kennebunkport, Maine then back down to hwy 16 to Dover. From Dover we continued on 16 where we shopped at the outlets in North Conway. We connected to 302 at Lower Bartlett to Crawford Notch and Areusha Falls . You get a great view of the mountains from 302. We stopped outside of Barlett to see the covered bridge that spans Sacro River. From there we picked up the 93 expressway into Vermont. The best leaf peeping here was along 93.
We returned to New Hampshire down highway 91 along the Connecticut River starting at Bradford. This is very pretty countryside, with great views of the river. We stopped just off 91 to see the Cornish-Windsor bridge that spans the Connecticut River and went to Enfield which is you can reach from Lebanon from 89 to 4 then 4A. From Enfield we drove back to hwy 91 and followed it to hwy 9.
We then cut across on highway 9 to Keene and then south to Swanzey to see the covered bridge at Sawyers Crossing, we continued on 101 which connects to the 293 and returned to Manchester.
Each highway had it's own special vistas. Driving that route was relaxing with very little traffic. We contribute the lack of traffic to the fact the leaves were not yet in full color.
- Pros:New Hampshire has a beautiful rugged landscape
- Cons:We didn't see the colors at 100%
- In a nutshell:A beautiful state for driving, hiking and other sports
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