This New England state is defined by its quaint towns and large expanses of wilderness. In the north, White Mountain National Forest is known for winter sports areas and Mt. Washington, the region’s highest peak, with a cog railway to its summit. The White Mountains are home to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s High Huts, a delightful alpine experience complete with hot meals, and numerous ski resorts perfect for downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing enthusiasts. Also in the White Mountains are moose, black bears and part of the Appalachian Trail.
The state was named after the southern English county of Hampshire, England, by Captain John Mason. Granite is the traditional rock in New Hampshire. Back in 1830, New Hampshire was known as the Granite State, and this nickname has prevailed to the present day (there was once a huge industry based on the quarrying of granite).
The coastal city of Portsmouth has a vibrant culture of dining and history, including the Strawbery Banke Museum, a living history museum great for the whole family. Take a Brewery Tour to see the sights and sample some local beer. And, of course, your accommodations will be as impressive as the surroundings; stay in some of the world’s most renowned historic hotels, including the Omni Mount Washington Resort & Hotel.