Just a little farther north, into the heart of the White Mountains, the views become even more dramatic. In the White Mountains it is possible to swim in rushing rivers, fish in lakes and streams, hike the rocky-topped peaks, bicycle winding back roads, golf, play tennis or ride horses. And for those needing a break from the great outdoors, there are museums and plenty of tax-free shopping, particularly in North Conway.
The Lakes Region and the White Mountains are dotted with ski areas, such as Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain. Many of the region’s golf courses become cross-country ski areas for the winter.
Beyond the White Mountains is the Great North Woods, where you are almost as likely to encounter a moose as a person. This is a haven for fishing and hunting as the wildlife is abundant here.
Along the western border of New Hampshire, the Connecticut River divides the state from Vermont. The landscape remains beautiful and less populated in this less accessible part of New Hampshire. Dartmouth College, located in the town of Hanover, brings a bit of cosmopolitan culture to the region. The town features good restaurants, shops, theater and an eclectic movie theater. Not far from Hanover, Lake Sunapee is a big draw in the summer and Mount Sunapee is a winter ski destination.