Concord, New Hampshire, may not be a typical bustling U.S. state capital, but what it lacks in urban excitement, it makes up for with rural charm. A combination of history and nature, downtown Concord is made up of original Colonial buildings, including the State House and City Hall, and is also home to a number of state parks perfect for hiking, biking and fishing.

Located near the geographic center of New Hampshire, Concord has repeatedly been voted as one of the best places to live and work in the country. The city isn’t short on historic landmarks, with buildings like the 150-year-old Eagle Hotel, where former presidents have dined and stayed; Phenix Hall, where both Lincoln and Roosevelt spoke, and now is used as a theater; and the Pierce Manse, the only home owned and lived in by President Franklin Pierce. Concord is also home to the oldest still-running golf course in New Hampshire, Beaver Meadow, as well as attractions like the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium and Silk Farm Audubon Center.

For such a quaint city, Concord offers quite a varied selection when it comes to dining out.  Sunny’s Table is a one-of-a-kind restaurant serving up creative American dishes using locally grown ingredients. For superior Japanese food, Moritomo has the best sushi and Japanese-inspired cuisine in the region. Guests may be seated at tables, at the hibachi grill or on floor cushions. The Barley House is an updated British pub serving up gourmet pub food with a twist. Try dishes like the poblano tortilla lasagna, Guinness beef stew and tequila-cilantro sea scallops.

Concord’s closest airport is Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), and is used for most domestic flights to and from the area. For international connections, Boston’s Logan International (BOS) is located just over an hour away in Massachusetts. For getting around the city, Concord Area Transit provides bus routes throughout the region. There are also several taxi services and well as rental car companies available at the airport. Concord’s downtown area is compact enough to walk, and is best seen on foot.

Concord, like most of central and southern New Hampshire, is characterized by a humid continental climate, with four distinct seasons. Winters are very cold and can be quite snowy, with an average low temperature of 9.7 ° F (-12.4 ° C). July is typically the warmest month, and has an average high temperature of 82.9 ° F (28.3 ° C), yet can often rise well into the 90s. Each season is different when visiting Concord. Spring and summer are when the natural scenery is at its best and activities like boating and hiking are very popular. Winter is an enjoyable time to visit for the avid skier or snowboarder, as there are several mountains close by. Autumns are synonymous with beautiful changing leaves and fall foliage, and is also a popular time to visit the Concord area.