New Hampshire has seven regions – the Great North Woods, White Mountains, Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee, Lakes, Monadnock, Merrimack Valley and the Seacoast. We spent our time in the Monadnock and Merrimack Valley regions, which are somewhat more peaceful areas of the state, boasting gorgeous landscapes and plenty of outdoor activities.
To start off our trip, we took a quick Amtrak Acela train from NYC to Boston and rented a car the rest of the way. Super easy! Our first stop was to the city of Manchester, which we sought out specifically to attend Queen City Pride. We stayed downtown at the Hilton Garden Inn, where we had an amazing view of the minor league baseball diamond. We were even lucky enough to catch a game and fireworks from our window!
The day after the Festival, we headed outdoors and took a long romantic walk on the Rockingham recreational trail. The 25-mile trail runs past Lake Massabesic as well as multiple small towns and different forest and wetland terrains. After all that exercise and a hot shower, we continued exploring Manchester and visited the Currier Museum of Art. Even before we got in the door, we were greet by Mark di Suvero’s vibrant steel sculpture, “Origins,” the centerpiece of the museum’s entrance. Naturally, we took a million photos.