Merrimack Valley Region
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. ~Robert Frost
You can take both roads in the Merrimack Valley Region of New Hampshire where you’ll find New Hampshire’s largest cities, some of the oldest towns, and welcoming bed and breakfasts throughout. Experience for yourself the farm that inspired many of Robert Frost’s most enduring poems. The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport makes us the gateway to New England (use MHT when you search for flights).
The Currier Museum of Art and its mid-century modern Zimmerman House by Frank Lloyd Wright are in the state’s largest city, Manchester. The “Queen City” also boasts 19th Century mills which have been converted in condos, a museum, antique malls and a science center where kids of all ages enjoy the interactive exhibits about the Merrimack River and learn about stewardship of our water resources at the Amoskeag Fishways. The planetarium and space center – McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is in the state capital of Concord. Two family friendly ski areas are in our region: McIntyre and Pats Peak.
Granite Staters enjoy their hikes and nature abounds, even in this most populous region, with rail trails for cycling and walks. Big cities and small towns take pride in their open spaces. The Audubon Center at Massabesic Lake is just one place to get outside. Ask your innkeeper for their favorite.
Another hidden gem is the more than a quarter of a million apple trees waiting for you to pick your own tasty treat. Fruit not sweet enough for you? Combine a visit to Mill Brook Sculpture Garden with Beech Hill Farm & Ice Cream Barn for a great day out. Our state parks offer options for every season and interest – from swimming at Silver Lake to discovering history at Taylor Mill. You might discover an 18th century cellar hole while hiking in the Mink Hills or visit America’s Stonehenge to wonder at 4,000-year-old structures. Sophisticates will enjoy our wineries and craft breweries, outlet shopping or touring the Budweiser plant.
Antique stores abound in our region. Several are clustered on Route 101 and Route 101A west of interstate 93 as well as on Routes 4/202/9 east of Concord.