[15 August 2014 Last updated at 15:03]

Interesting places to visit in New Hampshire

Interesting places to visit in New Hampshire
New Hampshire is somewhat under the radar of many travelers and somewhat overshadow by popular neighbours such as Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts.

New Hampshire is truly one of the hidden gems in New England, sharing many similarities with other New England states like stunning natural scenery, slower pace of life, wealth of cultural attractions and beautiful beaches such as Hampton Beach New Hampshire.

Having said this, New Hampshire does boast attractions of its own such as being home to the highest peak in New England and one of the most beautiful memorial site - Cathedral of the Pines historic Site.

This site actually includes two memorials - the “Altar of the Nation” memorial and the Women’s memorial Belltower in the town of Rindge.

As promised, I am sharing some of my favorite places to visit in New Hampshire that you may want to add to your New Hampshire itinerary.

Canterbury

If you’ve always wanted to visit one of the Shaker Villages in New England, New Hampshire is one of the best places to do this.

I added Canterbury to the list of interesting places to visit in New Hampshire because of the Canterbury Shaker Village, which is one of the best preserved and authentic Shaker Villages you’ll ever come across.

The Canterbury Shaker Village really gives an interesting insight into life in the early 19th century as buildings haven't got modern amenities. The best thing about the village is that you can enjoy fun tours and watch traditional crafts events to see how things were made back then.

White Mountains National Forest

New Hampshire boasts pristine natural scenery and there is no better place to appreciate this than at the White Mountains National Forest (worthy of a place on the list of top 10 natural wonders in USA).

The White Mountains National Forest isn’t only one of the best places to see fall foliage in New England, but also a great place visit all year around because of the opportunities for recreational activities like hiking, climbing, wildlife spotting and scenic drives along route 302.

White Mountains National Forest is also on my list of interesting places to visit in New Hampshire because of the stunning views you can get from the summit of Mount Avalon.

Lake Winnipesaukee

I think that Lake Winnipesaukee has to be one of the most interesting places to visit in New Hampshire, and one of the top places to vacation with kids on the east coast..

Apart from being able to enjoy water activities like swimming, kayaking and cruising tours, you can enjoy plenty of other fun activities like horseback riding, go karting, bowling and mini-golf.

Portsmouth

The town of Portsmouth is another of the interesting places to visit in New Hampshire because of Portsmouth’s maritime importance and historic buildings.

The town is one of the oldest seaports in the states with a variety of 17th and 18th century structures such as Strawbery Banke Museum.

While in Portsmouth, you may also want to visit the beautiful flower garden at Prescott Park, and enjoy the lovely views of Piscataqua River and the pier.

Mount Washington

I added Mount Washington to the list of interesting palces to visit in New Hampshire, not only because Mt. Washington is the highest peak in New England, but also because Mount Washington Cog Railway is the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway.

If you’ve ever wanted to get onboard a steam train (like me) the Cog Railway is also steam-powered, and it’s truly an amazing experience!

Concord

The capital of New Hampshire is another interesting place if you’re a history buff as it is here where you’ll find the New Hampshire State Capitol Building and many important statues.

However, while in Concord you can also enjoy fun activities like visiting the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center which has to be one of the most interesting places to visit in New Hampshire, hands-down!

The Discovery Center has a myriad of interesting attractions for everyone and interactive exhibits for a fun day out. There are hands-on activities for absolutely all ages like building rockets and enjoying the fun space travel simulator.

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