I assume that most of you have never heard of New Hampshire. I guess that you also entered this content because you were assigned to the Camp somewhere in NH (just like me). Now you are propably wondering if you made a good decision, while it’s not very touristic place. There are some Americans who spend here cooler summer, but they come back to Florida in Winter. However, there are some people who come here for touristic reasons. Although, I must admit, I wouldn’t come here if I hadn’t been placed on a Camp here. That’s actually good, but I would love to go to Maine instead. However, this is how I find myself in the 5th smallest by land area and the 9th least populous of the 50 United States. But I don’t want to scare you! In fact I really enjoyed places I have visited in New Hampshire. Below, you will find some hints and tips where to go!
Hanover and Dartmouth College
I don’t remember exactly when we first went on a trip outside the Camp. However, Hanover was the first city we visited in this state. The first experience was quite interesting, but it was because we weren’t in a big city so far. Hanover can therefore be described as a provincial town, with typical American buildings. Due to the very good university – Dartmouth College, there are a lot of shops, restaurants and banks in the city. We used the convenience here by setting up bank accounts or drinking the first American coffee from Starbucks 😀 For a first trip it was pretty good. Although, if you have already been to the big city, I assure you that you will call this place a total hole! From an objective point of view – nothing is really here. 😛
Next to our Camp (about 40 mins drive) was located a Nature Reserve – Sculptured Rocks. This was our first trip with Jimmy, who was organizing our free time (Not every sunday, but we visited many places together). He showed us his favorites spot. We are very grateful to him, because if not him, we wouldn’t see these places. Sculptured Rocks is a really charming place, hidden in the green dens of the nature reserve. It is a remnant of the ice age. In a well-drained canyon flows a clean and cold stream. Perfect place to escape from the heat. Loneliness should not dazzle you here, but the crowds are unlikely too. But I must warn you: water is really cold here! 😀
I studied International Relations, so once I found out that it was in New Hampshire where the famous Bretton Woods Conference took place, I wannted to see it immediately! Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to stay there longer because it was quite far from our camp and we couldn’t get away from Camp for more than 2 hours of drive. Fortunately, during a trip to the theme park along with the whole Camp, we passed by the famous ski resort. I was able to quickly take a one picture. Still, I consider this place as one of the worth visiting, especially if you are passionate about history or international relations. For the uninitiated, I explain quickly that a currency system has been established here.
Quite interesting attractions and certainly the original one are covered bridge. 😀 This is quite a popular phenomenon in New Hampshire, because there are lots of bridges that are covered with a house! We managed to go through only one, but you can surely find more. I recommend a site where you can find more information with locations! 🙂
Hidden waterfalls in Orford
Another trip with our Jimmy. We wouldn’t know about this place without him. We left our camp just after work and follow an unmarked trail. We only knew that in one hour we should reach our Waterfall. In fact, an hour later, the sound of water was heard from the thick forest. Few min later we saw the gentle and icy waterfall flowed down to the high rock. We changed in our bathing suits and started running on slippery stones, as we stepped into the waterfall. Jimmy was standing on a nearby hill and taking pictures of us. 😀 The real fairy tale! Unfortunately, I can’t tell you exactly where it is. If you are in the same camp as me (Camp Merriwood) then ask Jimmy.
During the return we were catched by storm … All in all, we were still wet, so all the way we went without an umbrella in bathing suits. 😀
Franconia Notch State Park
Again, we visited this place with Jimmy. Franconia Notch State Park is a fairly large area where many interesting places are well hidden. Therefore it is good to be here with someone who already knows the area to show what is most interesting. Thanks to Jimmy we have avoided the tourist trap like George Flume. This is a plain, modest waterfall along which the footbridge runs, and for the opportunity to admire it, you have to pay 17$! If this price was lower, then we would not have a problem to pay, but for such a modest attraction spend so much money? Especially since the free part of the park is equally beautiful and colorful. The most interesting formation here is the Basin. It is hard for me to describe what is it exactly, but I will show you a picture!
If you need more information about routes then check this site!
The Old Man of the Mountain
Definitely the most popular place in New Hampshire but we also visited this spot with Jimmy. Unfortunately, it is no longer a symbol of New Hampshire. It used to be a rock that perfectly represented the human face. As a result of the erosion, the rock collapsed in 2003 and for more than a dozen years remains only in the memory of New Hampshire residents. Those of you who are observant have already noticed it on the license plates or road signs. Despite this catastrophe, residents still remember and nurture the symbol of their state. They even decided to allow visitors to see the reconstruction of this rock in a very interesting way. Footprints were noted on the sidewalk. You need to stand in that print that corresponds to your growth. In front of you are located mock-ups that will give the impression that the Old Man is back on his place. Really great and well done idea! 🙂
White River Junction
Ok, maybe it’s not a place for a traveler, butwho doesn’t like shopping? 😀 There are plenty of cool shops here where you can buy clothes and electronics without tax! By the way, you can also see nice shops. 😀
Mount Cube (White Mountains)
New Hampshire is not only covered by forests and lakes. If you are a mountain lover than you are in right place to be. I mean specifically the White Mountains, which are part of the Northern Appalachians. This is by far the largest treasure of New Hampshire, because after the White Mountains you can wander for days and enjoy the beautiful views. I managed to climbthe highest peak of – Mount Waschington (but I will tell about it in a separate post) and almost half its size Mount Cube (about 887 m).
Mount Cube is located right next to our Camp, so it was a must for every camper. Very easy and pleasure route. The top of the mountain provides a beautiful panorama of the area – including our Camp. Entrance and descent, plus short rest, will take you no more than 5h. It is worth to have the right shoes, but my lacoste also passed the exam …
Although we had a lake at our Camp, we also went to Laconia, surrounded by two mighty lakes. Unfortunately, both contaminated by bacteria and bathed in them were at own risk. But about the lakes in a moment, because apart from them, we also saw the town. Practically, nothing interesting. Not counting the interesting building of the library and church, and nice American buildings. 😛
It is the most popular and most developed beach in Laconia. For the first time we’ve seen so many people here in one place in New Hampshire. 😀 The lake is huge and during the beautiful weather it reminds the Dalmatian coast (Croatia). Look at the satellite images – it will be difficult to disagree with this statement. Unfortunately, as I wrote abve, the lake was contaminated with bacteria. There was no total ban on bathing, but it was on your own risk. Unfortunately, we didn’t notice this sign and we took a bath once. Fortunately we are alived. 😉
Besides, there are plenty of shops and bars. You can also take a boat for a cruise around the lake. We were tempted to have some gambling and slot machines.We spent a couple of dollars, but nothing crazy. We just wanted to see how does it work. 😀
We also went to the state capital, Concord. As we expected – nothing special. 😀 We took some pics in front of the parliament building and packed back into the car.
Same happened in Plymouth. We passed this city by so many times, when we were on our way to other spots. Once we decided to stop, take some picks and packed to car again. 😀 Such a short sightseeing. 😛
That’s all! I hope you like it, enjoy it and so on. I also hope it will be helpful for your travels around New Hampshire. Let me know what places have you seen! 🙂
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