50 States in 50 Days: New Hampshire — Live Free or Die

Posted by: Douglass P. Teschner, Ed.D., Director of U.S. Peace Corps/Ukraine

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New Hampshire in autumn
New Hampshire in autumn

New Hampshire is a small, but very beautiful state in the northeastern United States, having a population of 1.2 million.  It borders Quebec, Canada, to the north, Vermont to the west, Massachusetts to the south, and Maine to the east.  It also has a small coastline on the Atlantic Ocean with beautiful beaches.

New Hampshire is known for having the first primary in the U.S. presidential election cycle and is thus often visited by Presidential candidates.  Traditionally a Republican state, New Hampshire is now considered a critical “battleground state” in the Presidential election, despite having only 4 electoral votes.

New Hampshirites are well known as independent thinkers, consistent with the famous state motto “Live Free or Die,” from a phrase originally written by a Revolutionary War hero, General John Stark.  New Hampshire is also known for having low taxes, being one of very few states in the U.S. with neither a state income nor general sales tax.  As one of the thirteen original colonies, it has a rich history including the historic seacoast city of Portsmouth.

Ashuelot River in Keene New Hampshire, photo from Flickr
Ashuelot River in Keene New Hampshire, photo from Flickr

New Hampshire’s rugged White Mountains are among the most impressive on the East Coast of the United States, and the state is popular for skiing, hiking, and camping.  The state is also a well-known tourist destination for its beautiful lakes and autumn foliage.  The highest peak, Mount Washington (6288 feet), is in the Presidential Range and has the record for the second-highest wind speed ever recorded (231 mph).  You can reach the top on foot, by a famous cog railway, or even via a spectacular auto road.

As one of the six New England states, New Hampshire is easily accessible from Boston and the distances are short so you can spend less time traveling and more time enjoying the sites.  It is a great place to visit, especially if you like beautiful natural scenery and outdoor activities.

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