"Stunning Beauty Found in the White Mountain Region" Top 5 Page for this destination New Hampshire Things to Do Tip by deecat

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  White Mountains National Forest ablaze With Color
by deecat

In the northern part of New Hampshine, the White Mountains rise up as part of the great Appalachian Range to cover the northern 1/3 of the state.

Of these White Mountains, Mount Washington is the highest point in all of New Hampshire at 6,288 feet above sea level.

The lovely Connecticut River starts in this northern part of the state & forms the border between New Hampshire & Vermont. Also, New Hampshire's richest farmland is in this Connecticut River Valley area where Dairy Cattle graze & vegetables & pine trees flourish.

This northern region has short, cool summers & long, cold/snowy winters. Because this area is mostly mountains & forest, the fewest people live here.

Allan & I loved this area the most..the natural beauty is just stunning. It's the heart of New Hampshire's tourism industry because it is truly a natural wonderland of clear streams, deep notches, & sharp peaks. Thus, it provides hikers with spectacular views & provides eight hostels for hikers.

We learned (and could also tell) that 98% of all of New Hampshire's population has a European background--English, Scottish, Irish, German, Polish, Greek, Russian, & French Canadian. Would you believe that 40% of New Hamshirites have some Canadian background?

I especially enjoyed the more than 20 covered bridges which crossed the rivers that flow through the mountains.

In The Presidential Range, all of the mountain peaks are named for U.S. Presidents such as Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Monroe, & Madison, to name a few.

The Mt. Washington Cog Railway climbs up Mount Washington, & did you know that it was the first railway in the nation that was built straight up a mountain?

Yes, indeed, the White Mountains are appropriately named because of the snowcapped peaks, but mostly because of the way the sunlight reflects off the rocky bluffs near the tops, making them look white (even in the summer!)

Directions: Northern part of New Hampshire

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  • Updated Jun 5, 2005
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