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Dartmouth - Lakes Region


Concord and Dartmouth lakes region and the Merrimack Valley area of New Hampshire may be one of the best kept vacation secrets in all of New England. The state capital, Concord, affords many cultural and civic attractions, while the countryside and rural aspects of the region are both breathtaking and serene – something to savor and cherish. Manchester and Nashua are also part of this region, but the mountain areas, including Gunstock, Laconia, Lake Winnipesaukee, Lebarron, Pats Peak, Ragged Mountain, Lake Winnipesaukee and Sunapee are all great summer vacation destinations worthy of distinction.

Mountain Resort Destinations

Merrimack is home to the Anheuser-Busch brewery and their team of Clydesdale horses. This world-famous attraction is not to be missed. The brewery offers a one hour tour, while the horses themselves are stars in another arena. Concord offers up the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, dedicated to the memory of the New Hampshire schoolteacher lost to the shuttle disaster. This inspiring and informative tour of the universe honors that teacher's dedication to education, sharing a rare perspective of the Universe. The New Hampshire Science Center, Currier Gallery of Art and a Canterbury Shaker Village are amongst other popular cultural and historic attractions in the area.

Lake Winnapsuakee, the largest lake in the state and sixth largest natural lake in the U.S., has nearly 300 miles of shoreline on a lake of only 72 square miles. Within that lake are nearly 300 islands as well. Rattlesnake Island rises to just over 390 feet above the lake's waters. All in all, this makes for rather unique recreational opportunities. One can camp, fish, canoe or kayak... go island hopping... make an adventure of the experience in this lush green wonderland! Sailing, cruise ships, motor boating, water skiing, wake boarding, (and swimming, of course), are all available to the visitors. The artisan's shops are another well-appreciated place of interest. Hiking and mountain biking in the mountains surrounding this most impressive lake provides postcard-perfect vistas, but there are scenic drive routes to enjoy those views as well. You'll want to allow time to explore this awesome area and take in all it has to offer.

As you can see, the Granite State has many rich natural treasures to take in, from the shores of the oceans to the peaks of her mountains. Mountain lakes and rivers feed this lush landscape, making for an ideal vacation paradise. With so many attractions and activities in store, you could easily spend weeks taking them all in. New Hampshire may be modest in size (it's only 100 miles across at its very widest point, and a lean 200 miles tall. Bordered by Main, Vermont, Massachusetts, the Atlantic ocean and the Quebec Province of Canada, this rare gem is well nestled amongst some of the most beautiful countryside in New England. Vacation in NH in the fall to see a most breathtaking display of foliage, a riot of colors carpeting the mountains and the shores of both lakes and rivers.

Things to Do

People come to vacation in the White Mountains range that covers about a quarter of the state of New Hampshire for a variety of reasons. Some just bask in the peaceful feeling that they provide. Others are more adventurous, enjoying activities like mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, camping, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, golfing, ATV tours, rafting, swimming, and the like. Still others enjoy taking in cultural and historical perspectives or wildlife viewing unique to each summer vacation region.

Mountain Vacation Discounts

There are many wonderful lodging choices to start off your trip, from warm bed & breakfasts and inns, to condo rentals, hotels, motels, private vacation homes, camping and RV parks, top rated resorts, and more. You'll find discount coupons, deals and bargains on lodging options, activities and attractions, vacation packages, unique venues, dining, and restaurants when you pick from the categories on the left of your screen. Check out all the Dartmouth and central New Hampshire area deals and get your vacation deals and discounts now, and travel to this exciting vacation wonderland.