The Granite State is well-known as a tourist destination, but people who call this state home know that it has more to offer than just pretty scenery (although, let’s be honest, the views are amazing). Here are 20 tried and true reasons why we love New Hampshire.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Your freedom comes first and foremost.
It’s hard to think of a state with a slogan that means more than New Hampshire’s: “Live Free or Die.” Freedom comes first and foremost in the Granite State, and lawmakers and residents alike respect this essential American value.
2. The great outdoors are in your back yard.
With mountains, streams, lakes and beaches, it’s no wonder thousands of tourists flock to New Hampshire each year. But when you live here, you get to enjoy that unspoiled wilderness year round – including those special places that only the locals know about.
3. Your voice will be heard.
New Hampshire has the most representatives per capita of any state in the nation, and many politicians in New Hampshire have open door policies, welcoming their constituents to walk right in! How’s that for democracy?
4. In presidential elections, your vote matters.
Which means that candidates spend plenty of time in the Granite State. Plus, with 43% of New Hampshire residents registered as independents, it truly is a swing state.
5. There are plenty of lakes to love.
New Hampshire is so dotted with waterways that there’s a whole area named for them: the lakes region. Whether you like swimming, boating or just relaxing on shore, you’re sure to find the lake that’s right for you.
6. Oh, and we’ve got the ocean too.
Maybe you prefer the smell of sand, surf and salt? No problem; New Hampshire has you covered. The Granite State’s short but glorious coastline offers sandy beaches and rocky shores.
7. … not to mention the mountains.
New Hampshire has 48 peaks that are higher than 4,000 feet, including Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast at 6,288 feet. Hike it, or take the auto road to the top and just tell your friends you climbed!
8. There’s RICH history...
New Hampshire was one of the first places settled in the colonies, and it has a long and legendary history. It’s said that the dreaded pirate Blackbeard hid his loot on the Isle of Shoals, a series of rocky islands just off the New Hampshire coast. Today, you can sail out for the day and try to find your own treasure.
9. … Modern entertainment....
Whether you’re only there for the tailgating or you really love NASCAR, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway at Loudon is the perfect place to spend a day.
10. … And quiet retreats.
The most famous hiking trail in the country, The Appalachian Trail, crosses 160 miles through New Hampshire, providing the perfect trek for day hikes or a longer trip.
11. We’ve got the freshest maple syrup.
After all that adventuring, you’ll deserve a sweet treat. Whether you’re putting it on ice cream, pancakes or eating it alone, an indulgence from your local sugar shack is the perfect antidote to the winter blues.
12. Your brain will love it, too.
New Hampshire is home to many colleges and universities, including Dartmouth College in Hanover. Having the Ivy League around brings plenty of culture and cutting-edge science to The Granite State.
13. There are plenty of bargains.
New Hampshire residents love to save money. With outlet malls in North Conway, Merrimack and Tilton each boasting more than 50 stores, you’re sure to find a steal on your favorite brands.
14. You’ll enjoy tax-free shopping.
The savings don’t end at the outlets! In New Hampshire, you don’t need to worry about adding 5-10% to your bill, since the Granite State is one of just 5 states without a sales tax. Shop on, my friends, shop on.
15. And you won’t have to worry about income tax either.
You can keep your money in the bank. That’s because New Hampshire is one of nine states that don’t tax personal wages. Dividends and interest are taxed at only 5%.
16. You can drive the Kancamagus Highway.
If you’re a real New Hampshire resident, you’ll know how to pronounce that. But even if you don’t, you’ll love this scenic drive that winds 56 miles through the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. Plan plenty of time to stop and enjoy waterfalls, outlooks and natural water slides.
17. And you might have to brake for Moose along the way.
After all, you are in his turf!
18. The fall is simply breathtaking.
Who can be sad about summer ending when autumn looks like this?
19. It’s close enough to the city.
New Hampshire is just a short drive from world-class cities including Boston, Montreal and New York City. They’re great to visit, but you’ll always be happy to get
20. It's got a great sense of community.
New Hampshire residents are respectful, friendly, and know how to have a good time. What more could you want from your neighbors?