Home to scenic state parks, sparkling lakes, beautiful beaches, quaint towns and shops, and the tallest mountains in the Northeast, New Hampshire is a naturally stunning vacation destination. Here, activities seem to change with each season. In winter months, skiing and snow boarding, along with a variety of other winter sports are done within the great Appalachian and White Mountains. Mountains such as Loon, Mt. Sunapee, Attitash, Waterville Valley and Gunstock provide some of the best skiing and finest winter resorts on the East Coast. Spring is a great time to go antiquing or visit the local shops in town. Shoppers will find a range of shops from the old-fashioned five-cent general stores, to name brand factory outlets -- and all tax free!
The summer months in New Hampshire bring people out to the many beaches and lakes along the coast and throughout the state. Hampton Beach and Lake Winnipesaukee are two of the favorite summertime destinations of locals and tourists alike. Whether lounging by the beach, swimming in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean, or fishing, boating and camping, New Hampshire summers are a relaxing escape. Autumn in New Hampshire is perfect for biking, hiking and taking in some of the most beautiful and colorful foliage in the United States. Climb up to the summit of Mt. Washington and take in the serene views, or zip line through the crisp air over treetops and through gorges.
Like the rest of New England, the cuisine of New Hampshire tends to feature fresh Atlantic seafood and fish. Markey’s Lobster Pool in Seabrook is the ultimate summer dining spot. Diners can choose their live lobster fresh from an on-premise tank or try another regional favorite like clam chowder or steamers. For gourmet versions of homestyle American classic dishes, Cotton in Manchester is a local favorite. The Granite State is also home to a wide range of breweries. Redhook Ale and Smuttynose Brewery, both located in Portsmouth, and offer tours and tastings to the public.
With only a small handful of commercial airports in the state, New Hampshire’s largest and most widely used airport is Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT). For international travel, Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) is also widely used by the southern regions of the state. The best way to get around is by car, though the Concord Trailways and Dartmouth Coach both offer service to the majority of the state.
New Hampshire experiences a humid continental climate, with warm, short summers and cold (and often wet) winters. The weather can be highly unpredictable, with warm and sunny temperatures one minute, and hail storms the next. Spring arrives in late March, though it is known to snow up through April. The average high temperature (in most of the state) in the warmest month of July is around 82° F (27.7° C), while the average low for January is 7° F (-13.8° C). New Hampshire is a year-round destination, with ideal skiing conditions in winter and pleasant, sunny weather in the late spring and summer.