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Canterbury Shaker Village - The religious sect called the Shakers - an offshoot of the Quaker community- built this village in 1792. There are various historic buildings open to the public, furnished as they were 200 years ago and demonstrations of crafts as done in years gone by.

Mount Washington Hotel - This huge imposing hotel stands at the foot of Mount Washington and has hosted many important quests such as Winston Churchill and US Presidents and was the venue for the United Nations conference in 1944, after the second World War.

Portsmouth - Visit this historical and cultural town to absorb the New Hampshire atmosphere, where the motto is Live free or die! The original settlement area was known by the picturesque name of Strawberry Banke and there are many houses in this area dating back to the early 17th century which together form a musuem area, with conducted informative tours. Join the Ghostly Tour of Portsmith - for tourists that enjoy a touch of atmospheric drama with their history lesson!


White Mountain National Forest - This huge conservation area is not just about trees and mountain but has a diverse wildlife component, too. Watch out for those moose darting across the road while you are staring slackjawed at the magnificent autumn leaves or cascading waterfalls. This area is ideal for all kinds of outdoors activities, such as fishing, hiking or kayaking. A drive up the Kancamagus Highway is a must - this is surely the most spectacular scenery in the state.

Skiing - The mountain offer a superb choice of skiing options. Try the Cranmore Ski Resort that has a 350ft half pipe. Loon Mountain is a less crowded, upmarket ski resort and has the drawcard of horseriding during warmer weather for those who prefer something more solid than a pair of ski's to get from A to B.

Pinkham Notch - This area is popular hiking ground, with trails going all the way to the summit of Mt Washington. Care must be taken when hiking, as the weather can suddenly change for the worse.Gusts of wind up to 231mph have been recorded and at least one life is lost per year in this area. Guided tours are available and start off with an informative presentation on the natural history of the mountain.

Moving around

The interstate bus service is good, but if you want to tour outside of the city areas you will need to rent a car. Roads are in relatively good condition but are subject to extreme weather conditions. Travellers should be cautious when driving along mountain passes, be aware of the possiblilty of animals darting onto the roads. Be aware that in winter there is the hazard of occasional blizzards and snowstorms.

National festival and holidays

January 1- New Years Day
January 15 - Martin Luther King, Jnr.Day
February 19 - Presidents Day
May 28 - Memorial Day
July 4 - Independence Day
September 3 - Labour Day
October 8 - Columbus Day
November 11 - Veterans Day
November 22 - Thanksgiving
December 25 - Christmas Day

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