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Introduction

Day 39 - NH Fall Foliage

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New Hampshire is a fairly small U.S. state, located in the northeastern region of New England and bordering Maine.

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Geography

New Hampshire is part of the New England region. It is bounded by Quebec, Canada, to the north and northwest; Maine and the Atlantic Ocean to the east; Massachusetts to the south; and Vermont to the west. New Hampshire's major regions are the Great North Woods, the White Mountains, the Lakes Region, the Seacoast, the Merrimack Valley, the Monadnock Region, and the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee area. New Hampshire has the shortest ocean coastline of any U.S. coastal state, with a length of under 30 kilometres.
The White Mountains range in New Hampshire spans the north-central portion of the state, with Mount Washington the tallest in the northeastern U.S. - site of the second-highest wind speed ever recorded - and other mountains like Mount Madison and Mount Adams surrounding it. Major rivers include the 110-mile (177 km) Merrimack River, which bisects the lower half of the state north-south and ends up in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Its tributaries include the Contoocook River, Pemigewasset River, and Winnipesaukee River. The 660-kilometre-long Connecticut River, which starts at New Hampshire's Connecticut Lakes and flows south to Connecticut, defines the western border with Vermont. The state border is not in the center of that river, as usually the case, but at the low-water mark on the Vermont side; meaning that the entire river along the Vermont border (save for areas where the water level has been raised by a dam) lies within New Hampshire. Only one town – Pittsburg – shares a land border with the state of Vermont. The "northwesternmost headwaters" of the Connecticut also define the Canadian border with New Hampshire.

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Cities

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Weather

New Hampshire experiences a humid continental climate, with warm, humid summers, cold, wet winters, and uniform precipitation all year. The climate of the southeastern portion is moderated by the Atlantic Ocean and averages relatively milder and wetter weather, while the northern and interior portions experience cooler temperatures and lower humidity. Winters are cold and snowy throughout the state, and especially severe in the northern and mountainous areas. Average annual snowfall ranges from 150 centimetres to over 250 centimetres across the state. Average daytime highs are around 24-28 °C throughout the state in July, with overnight lows around 13-15 °C. January temperatures range from an average high of 1 °C on the coast to overnight lows -18 °C in the far north and at high elevations. Average annual precipitation statewide is roughly 100 centimetres with some variation occurring in the White Mountains due to differences in elevation and annual snowfall. New Hampshire's highest recorded temperature was 41 °C in Nashua on July 4, 1911, while the lowest recorded temperature was -44 °C atop Mount Washington on January 29, 1934.

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Getting There

By Plane

Manchester–Boston Regional Airport (MHT) is the main airport in New Hampshire and located near Manchester. Destinations include Atlanta, Detroit, New York, Baltimore, Chicago, Orlando, Denver, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Newark, Cleveland, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Charlotte.

By Train

There are a few places where Amtrak trains stop in the state of New Hampshire. These are:

  • The Vermonter travels from Washington DC and New York up north towards Vermont, stopping in Claremont, New Hampshire en route.
  • The Downeaster travels between Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine, stopping en route in Dover, Durham and Exeter in New Hampshire.

By Bus

Check Greyhound buses for options.

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Getting Around

By Car

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

New Hampshire has a number of National Scenic Byways which offer a great way to explore the state crossing beautiful landscapes. Mostly, there are lots of national parks, state parks or monuments along the way and it's generally a better alternative than the faster but boring Interstate Highways.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Red Roof Inn of Loudon, LLC2 Staniels Road LoudonHotel-
Econolodge304 Main Street, PlymouthGuesthouse-

Hotel and Motel Chains

There are dozens of hotel and motel chains, ranging from budget to top end. Allthough they are not the most charming accommodations, they usually have a very decent midrange service with good rooms and are generally good value. At least you know what to expect and in some cases they are either the only or the best option in the area. Some of them include:

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