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Geographic Areas of New Hampshire

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Lakes Merrimack Valley
Monadnock Seacoast White Mountains

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region

The west central portion of the state which borders the Connecticut River. The name comes from two landmarks: Dartmouth College in Hanover and Sunapee, the crystal clear lake and mountai9n that rises from its southern shore.

Mt. Sunapee State Park is located here. Ride a chairlift to the summit a or enjoy the beach and boat rentals on Lake Sunapee. The area also abounds in covered bridges with over 15 bridges to cross. Other parks include: Cardigan State Park near Canaan, Pillsbury State Park near Washington, Rollins State Park near Warner, Winslow State Park near Wilmot, Wadleigh State Beach on the southeast shore of Kezar Lake and many others.

Historical sites include the Fells Historic Site at the John Hay National Wildlife Refuge at Newbury and the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. In Charleston, see the Fort at No. 4, the only living history museum in New England dedicated to the 1740-50's.

Ruggles Mine, at the top if Isinglass Mountain near Grafton is "The Mine in the Sky." It opened in 1803 and is the oldest, most spectacular mica, feldspar and beryl mine in the nation.

Communities in this area include: Andover, Bradford, Canaan, Charlestown, Claremont, Cornish, Danbury, Dorchester, Enfield, Goshen, Grantham, Groton, Guild, Hanover, Lebanon, Meriden, Newbury, New London, Newport, Orford, Sutton, Sunapee, Warner, Washington, Webster, Wilmot, Wentworth,

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The central portion of the state. This region is a natural vacation area with many offerings year-round.

Historic sites and museums include the Belknap Mill Society in Laconia, the Mary Baker Eddy Historic Home in Rumney, the Whipple House Museum in Ashland and many more.

Communities in this region include: Alton, Barrington, Bristol, Center Harbor, Franklin, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hebron, Laconia, Melvin Village, Meredith, Moultonboro, Ossipee, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Rochester, Rumney, Sandwich, Tamworth, Tilton, Wakefield, Weirs Beach, Wolfeboro,

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Merrimack Valley Region

The south central portion of the state which includes the three largest cities in the state - Manchester, Concord and Nashua. This area, although including these three urban areas, is surprisingly rural.

Visit the Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum & Max I Silber Library in Manchester with Scouting memorabilia and books. The Robert Frost Farm Historic Site, a national historic landmark, is located in Derry and was the home of poet Robert Frost from 1901 to 1909.

Parks include the Bear Brook State Park near Hooksett, the Clouth State park near Weare, the Pawtuckaway State Park near Nottingham and Raymond, the Silver Lake State Beach near Hollis and more.

Communities in the region include:

Amherst, Candia, Canterbury, Chester, Concord, Deerfield, Derry, Goffstown, Henniker, Hopkinton, Hudson, Hollis, Manchester, Merrimack, Nashua, New Boston, Northwood, Salem, Suncook, Weare,

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Monadnock Region

The southwest portion of the state. This region is a picture postcard for New England with small towns, village greens and the special small town way of life. Peterborough was the inspiration for Our Town, the Thornton Wilder play.

The Franklin Pierce Homestead in Hillsborough, is the childhood home of our 14th president of the United State. It was built in 1804. The Monadnock Children's museum in Keene is a hands-on, interactive museum. Also visit the Holocaust Resource Center in Keene, the Melville Academy Museum in Jaffrey Center, the Peterborough Historical Society and Museum in Peterborough, and many others in the region.

Parks in the area include Greenfield State Park near Greenfield, Miller State Park near Peterborough, Monadnock State Park near Jaffrey and many others.

Communities in the region include:
Alstead, Bennington, Chesterfield, Dublin, Greenfield, Hillsborough, Hinsdale, Jaffrey, Keene, Marlborough, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Rindge, Troy, Walpole, Westmoreland, Winchester

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Seacoast Region

The southeast portion of the state. The region has 18 miles of coastline, of which most is public land. It also includes some off-shore island and inland towns. This coastal area is where the state began its settlement over 350 years ago.

You can take ocean cruises and watch for whales in the waters off this region. Many historic sites and museums are located here including: American Independence Museum in Exeter, Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth, John Paul Jones House, also in Portsmouth, the Woodman institute in Dover and others. The Children's Museum of Portsmouth is a popular hands-on experience in the Portsmouth area.

State Parks and Beaches are many here including, Hampton Beach State Park at Hampton, Kingston State Beach near Kingston, North Beach at Hampton, Wallis Sands State Beach and more.

Communities in this region include:
Dover, Durham, Epping, Exeter, Hampton, Hampstead, Isles of Shoals, Kingston, Portsmouth, Rye Harbor, Seabrook, Somersworth,

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White Mountain Region

The northern portion of the state. This region is home to the White Mountain National Forest with 780,000 acres. There are many wilderness areas here as well as northern New Hampshire's only city.

See the oldest operating General Store in America in Bath, The Brick Store. There are many historic sites and museums including: The Frost Place in Franconia - the mountain farm of Robert Frost, the Mount Washington Museum, the Sugar Hill historical Museum in Sugar Hill and more.

The area has over 20 covered bridges to see amid beautiful surroundings, particularly in the fall folliage time. Parks in the area include: Coleman State Park near Colebrook, Crawford Notch State Park near Bartlett, Dixville Notch State park at Dixville, Eisenhower Memorial wayside Park near Carroll, Franconia Notch State Park and more.

Communities in this region include:
Bartlett, Berlin, Bethlehem, Bretton Woods, Campton, Carroll, Colebrook, Conway, Errol, Franconia, Glen, Gorham, Groveton, Haverhill, Jackson, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lincoln, Littleton, Milan, North Conway, North Strafford, North Woodstock, Pittsburg, Sugar hill, Twin Mountain, Warren, Waterville Valley, Whitefield, Woodsville,

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