"New England's Alter Ego" Top 5 Page for this destination New Hampshire by german_eagle
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New Hampshire is not as manicured as Vermont, not as distinguished as Massachusetts, not as well-off as Connecticut or Rhode Island - this state is New England's alter ego as far as I see it. The motto of the state is right after my heart - "Live free or die".
There is a distinct difference between the North and the South of New Hampshire: The North is mountaineous, actually with the highest peaks in the Northeast of the U.S., and the South is more rolling hills with hundreds of beautiful lakes. This page is about the Northern part of New Hampshire since I travelled from central Vermont to the White Mountains and on to Maine. The main goal of the stay was to unwind, enjoy the foliage, do some hiking. And it was perfect.
The North of New Hampshire is quite little populated. The landscape is dominated by mountains that peak at Mt. Washington (6288 ft.) which is the highest summit in the Northeast of the U.S. Vast forests make for excellent foliage if you visit at the right time of year (we did). Very characteristic for the White Mountains are the relatively dramatic notches (ok, no comparison to the West or the Alps).
New Hampshire is picture-book New England with covered bridges, the characteristic white churches, clapboard houses, picturesque villages and small towns. Opportunities for outdoor activities are endless, well maintained roads lead you to scenic views.
Ski resorts are IMO not overdevelopped as in other American regions, commerce is strong but seems to be accaptable.
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