"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.

  • Last visit to New Hampshire: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2009 at 5:29 AM

    Would love to see that cog railway and the black teddies in the fall coloured forests. But I'm not sure that I would want Swiss food ;) What a pretty landscape!

  • gilescorey's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2009 at 5:19 AM

    NH has the highest median income of New England states and lowest poverty rate - and I agree on the Auto Road - a travesty...historical travesty, but nonetheless.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2009 at 4:15 AM

    Glad to see you finally got on that plane! ;-] Next trip, you get to walk up out of the Notch up to the top of Washington. No cog trains or auto roads for the true Deutsche Adler! ;-]

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2009 at 7:51 AM

    Hi Ingo, your tips bring back nice memories of a hiking trip that I took on the Appalachian Trail in northern New Hampshire when I was a student -- but I went in the spring, not the fall, so the foliage didn't look as nice.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2009 at 12:06 AM

    an interesting page and great pics, thanks for sharing, Ingo ! Great to see that Mt. Washington Cog Railway !

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2009 at 6:48 AM

    Ingo, fabulous page with outstanding photos. I especially like the Mt. Washington Cog Railway. The apartment seems to be a real good find. A pity you didn't meet any black bears down there. *winkygrin*

  • Kathrin_E's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Marvelous autumn colours. More photos please!!!!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Hallo, Ingo! Das ist eine schöne Gegend! ><>< Thanks for sharing!

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