Hanover New Hampshire is in the western part of the state, and located on the
Connecticut River that forms the border with Vermont.
An unusual twist of history
sets the border at the low water mark on the Vermont side, unlike most river
borders that are divided down the middle. This means, that New Hampshire “owns”
most of the river, including the one remaining of the picturesque historic covered
bridges that cross it. When you consider your Hanover New Hampshire vacation
be sure to put this bridge, the Windsor-Cornish Bridge, on your itinerary.
One of the most beautiful drives in New England is along the Connecticut River
Scenic Byway from the Massachusetts
border to Canada. This is especially
beautiful during the autumn foliage season. You’ll not only admire the brilliantly
colored leaves, but also have opportunities to attend harvest events, pick your
own apples and pumpkins for your dining table, and enjoy corn mazes and hayrides.
You can stop to visit the attractions in Hanover New Hampshire along the way.
Hanover New Hampshire is an end point of the Appalachian Trail that then makes its way in a northeasterly direction through the heart of the White Mountains. Begin or end your hiking adventure through the most spectacular scenery in the state here to soak up the attractions in Hanover New Hampshire as a counterpoint to the trail. You can get both natural beauty and comfort at the end of your hiking trip at the Moose Mountain Inn. Built in the 1930s as a ski resort, this historic lodge a few miles outside of Hanover New Hampshire is now one of the premier Hanover hotels and provides a 360-degree, one-hundred-mile view of the surrounding countryside.
Hanover New Hampshire is the home of Dartmouth College, founded in 1769. It is one of the nine original Colonial colleges founded before the American Revolution, and the oldest such institution in the state. Its beautiful pastoral campus contains the one of the nation’s largest college museums and the oldest continually-operating museum in the country. The prestigious Hood Museum of Art dates from 1772 and contains some 70,000 pieces of art, sculpture, and photographs from the Americas, Europe, and Africa. This is one of the most important attractions in Hanover New Hampshire and is worth a visit all on its own.
A Hanover New Hampshire vacation will give you many more things to do and see. The city area includes a number of delightful surrounding New England towns also with numerous attractions. Winter provides opportunities for ice skating and alpine skiing at the nearby ski resorts. Golfing is available at various country clubs, which provide cross-country skiing trails in the winter. There’s a Riverfest Music Festival as well as a Winterfest.
When you plan your Hanover New Hampshire vacation don’t forget about the town’s
location on the Vermont border. You’ll find many ski resorts, state
parks, lakes and other
as well. In fact, the Connecticut Scenic Byway crosses the river between the
two states several times as it makes its way north.
Only two airports in the state have commercial passenger traffic. One of these, located in nearby Lebanon, serves Hanover. A noteworthy facility that you hopefully won’t be visiting on your Hanover New Hampshire vacation is the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, one of the finest medical facilities and schools of nursing in the country.