New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Exploring New Hampshire can be as easy as getting in the car and heading out on a road trip. However, a little local knowledge never takes away from the freedom of the journey. Take a minute to get up to speed.


Concord is the capital of New Hampshire, and has historic downtown buildings where Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt gave speeches, and other notable politicians spent the night. Nashua is viewed as a commercial center, and Manchester, the largest of all three cities, is home to a diverse artistic community, several museums, and performing arts venues. Together, Manchester, Concord, and Nashua offer a city atmosphere, and are gay-friendly. Support services, social group and a gay men’s chorus are located here.


Northern New Hampshire

The Great North Woods

New Hampshire’s wilderness region sits in the northern part of the state, along the Canadian border. The Connecticut River, the longest river in New England, begins in a series of lakes here. In bygone days, grand hotels were located here, where visitors could take refuge in nature. Today, visitors may find refuge in a tent rather in one of the few remaining hotels. Moose and bear sightings are common here, Recreation includes fly-fishing, canoeing, snowmobiling, and hiking.


Eastern New Hampshire

White Mountains

The White Mountains Region is a quintessential vacation destination, within easy traveling distance from Boston. The major portion of the White Washington National Forest lies in the eastern section of New Hampshire.   Mount Washington at over six thousand feet is the tallest mountain in the Northeast, and is part of a group of mountains called the Presidential Range. Several other mountains in the area are at least 4,000 feet. Backpacking, hiking, camping, skiing, and scenic drives are some of the activities undertaken.

Lakes Region

The Lakes Region is in the eastern part of the state, below the White Mountains, and is so named for its over 270 lakes and ponds. Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest, at over 20 miles long. There are over 250 islands in the lake. The region’s economy is based on tourism and recreation, mostly in the summertime; however skiing and autumn hikes have their charms.


Western New Hampshire

Western White Mountains

The western area of the White Mountains includes Franconia Notch and the site of the now-collapsed Old Man of the Mountain. Several ski resorts are in the region, as is the Flume, the spectacular gorge near the town of Lincoln. The Kancamagus Highway, with its beautiful scenery, especially in the autumn, cuts east to west through the White Mountains, and ends in Lincoln, becoming Route 112. as it continues west toward Vermont.

Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee

The Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region is made up of two dissimilar partners. Dartmouth refers to the Ivy-League College and medical school in Hanover. Nearby Lebanon is devoted to business. Lake Sunapee and environs are rural, and focused on tourism. Dartmouth College is known for being among the most gay-friendly schools in the country.

Southern New Hampshire


The Seacoast Region in southeastern New Hampshire is the smallest of the seven regions, and includes the coastal city of Portsmouth. Hampton and Rye Beaches provide a beach experience, surrounded by rocky coastline. Several resources are available for the LGBT community, such as social groups, support groups for LGBT youth, and a gay women’s singing group.


In the southwestern corner of the state, the Monadnock Region takes its name from Mount Monadnock, which is a popular hiking destination. Small picturesque towns lie in the surrounding area. Skiing, backpacking, canoeing, and hiking are a few of the recreational opportunities found here. Keene’s Pumpkin Festival in October features an amazing display of lit-jack-o-lanterns.

Merrimack Valley

The Merrimack River flows through New Hampshire and into Massachusetts, where it drains into the Atlantic Ocean, creating a region that belongs to both states. Major roadways in the Merrimack Valley Region easily connect south-central New Hampshire to Boston. The area is known for beautiful scenery, recreation, such as fishing and canoeing, and the arts.