New Hampshire is known as the Granite State for the large industry that it once had with the granite quarrying. The state's Motto is "Live Free or Die,” and many of the attractions that you can see in New Hampshire will urge you to live free. From the natural fireworks of brilliant leave in the fall, to the fun of shopping, New Hampshire offers something for everyone. And when you are touring New Hampshire, check out a charter bus service. You will be able enjoy your time in the relaxed bus seats while someone else does the driving.
Shopping is especially fun for out of state travelers visiting New Hampshire. See New England offers that New Hampshire is the only state in the union that has no personal income tax and no state sales tax. So, when shopping in New Hampshire you will get out of paying the 5% to 8% tax that you may be paying in your own state. So go on! Go to New Hampshire on your charter bus and shop away.
There are several specific regions to check out when touring the New England state. The first is the New Hampshire Seacoast. There are approximately 18 miles eighteen miles of beach, and most of these miles are open to the public. The beaches are clean, sandy and well maintained, as noted by See New England. The beaches offer swimming, dining, entertainment and nighttime fireworks. The coastline also offers the North Hampton and the Hampton Falls which have tons of shopping including outlets and antiques. Portsmouth also calls the seacoast home. The city is very walkable and offers boat tours, whale watching, and island tours. Portsmouth has a wonderful settlement of historic homes known as Strawberry Banks. There are interpreters and gardens to enjoy. Also in Portsmouth is the lovely Prescott Park which is known for gardens, sculpture and fountains.
There is also a region of New Hampshire known as the Lakes Region, appropriately named for the 200 lakes that are enveloped by mountains. Lake Winnispesaukee is the largest lake in the region. These lakes offer swimming, boating, canoeing, and tour boat cruises. Still, one cannot forget the mountains in this area. There are plenty of hiking trails that offer amazing mountain views. But if the water and the hills are not your style, there is also shopping, from specialty shops to local crafts.
The next region in New England is the Merrimack Valley Region. This area includes Concord, Manchester and Nashua. There are shopping and museums and rolls in and out between city and country. Here, one can enjoy the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium which simulates a flight through space. There is also Canobie Lake Park, which opened in 1902. The park now offers traditional and modern amusement park rides. There is also the New Hampshire Science Center, the Currier Gallery of Art, and the Canterbury Shaker Village.
Then there is the Monadnock Region, which is home to Mount Monadnock. The writers of See New England claim that the mountain is one of the most climbed worldwide with forty trails leading up to wonderful views. The Monadnock State Park allows visitors to enjoy swimming, skiing, camping, and much more.
Finally, there are the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region and the White Mountains. The Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region is home to Dartmouth College. Lake Sunapee also calls this region home. The lake offers swimming, sailing, picnicking, and over 30 skiing trails in the winter. Here you can also view the Ruggles Mine, the Native American Museum, the Mary Baker Eddy House, and the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. The White Mountains are also a wondrous part of the White Mountains. Historians, according to See New England, believe that settlers that named them the White Mountains were looking at Mount Washington. It is the tallest peak in the northeast and is covered with snow for ten months out of the year.
New Hampshire is one of New England's most prized natural gems. The vivid orange, reds and yellows that burst in fireworks each fall are as prominent in New Hampshire as in the rest of the New England states. While there is no exact time during which the fall foliage peaks, visitors are recommended to come between mid-September and the first two weeks of October. One of the best ways to view this color is on the comfortable seats of a charter bus service.