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For Immediate Release…
Why Are the Leaves in
New Hampshire’s Lakes
Region So Beautiful?
New Hampshire Lakes Region Tourism
Not Just For Summer
The beautiful colors of fall seen within the NH
Lakes Region.
Lakes Region, New Hampshire – In autumn, it
seems like the best place to view the leaves in the
United States is New England, and many would say
that the best place for fall foliage in New England is
New Hampshire. And why is that?
Well, let’s see. Within New Hampshire there are hills and mountains that provide bird’s eye views of
every warm fall color. In the Lakes Region, the water serves as a mirror to amplify the colors and the waterfalls
and rivers to provide a delightful soundtrack. There are miles of unaltered nature with areas for picnicking,
hiking, and wildlife-observing as well as regular tourist spots, which are less crowded in the fall than in the
summer. There are small towns with small-town traditions, such as fall fairs, parades, and festivals. On top of all
this, New Hampshire has no sales tax – which is another incentive for tourists to flock to the region!
New Hampshire has been called the epitome of New England beauty, and really, the reasons for this
are simple. According to the University of New Hampshire, there are approximately 70 native species of trees in
New Hampshire, including birch, maple, hickory, aspen, and other trees whose leaves turn in fall. Perhaps what
sets New England apart, however, is the variety of coniferous trees native to the East and Northeast regions of
the United States, like pines and fir, which stay green all year. This contrast supplies the splashes of green that
enhance the warm color palette of the leaves and to interest the eye. This annual metamorphosis of New
Hampshire leaves mixed with the perennial verdant evergreens has been known to inspire artists and awe
spectators from all over the world.
One way to enjoy the foliage is the scenic driving routes, train rides, boat cruises, and biplane tours
within New Hampshire, which provide travelers with plenty of photo-ops, including ones where subjects appear
to be “on top of the world” with the beautiful mountain vistas in the background, and candid photos of nature that
could win photography competitions worldwide. The most famous of driving options is the Kancamagus
Highway, which meanders through the White Mountains and the White Mountain National Forest from Lincoln to
Conway, NH. Another favorite is the Lakes Loop, which takes the driver(s) around the stunning lakes that draw
tourists to the region year after year.
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These driving routes, in particular, give tourists opportunities to view New Hampshire’s beautiful wildlife,
as well. A few tourist favorites for wildlife include moose, for their size and wild turkeys, for their plumage and
their notable gobble! And, once you hear the haunting call of the loon, you’ll understand the lure of New
Hampshire’s Lakes Region.
In New Hampshire, the weather doesn’t affect a person’s ability to search for a glimpse of wildlife and to
enjoy the autumn scenery. Whether there is an expansive, surrounding blue sky, or there are clouds and mists
to hover over the tops of the mountains, visitors are bound to witness spectacular sights and gain memories that
will last a lifetime. Avid hikers enjoy these views from popular hiking destinations like Mt. Major, which overlooks
Alton Bay on Winnipesaukee. When topping a crest near dusk at the end of a beautiful autumn day, it might be
difficult to discern the sunset sky from the vibrant colors of the leaves on the surrounding peaks.
The driving loop around Lake Winnipesaukee offers the full package of the New Hampshire experience,
combining impressive mountain views, dense tree-laden hillsides, and lake views at every turn.
The newest way tourists and locals alike seem to be taking in the beauty of New Hampshire is through
ziplining. One might not think of this as a way to observe nature, per se, but the activity is gaining popularity with
thrill-seekers and nature buffs alike. There are some half dozen zipline adventures in the Lakes Region,
including Gunstock Mountain, where participants not only get a beautiful view from inside the forest, but they
also feel the adrenaline rush of rapidly descending through the trees.
The New Hampshire Lakes Region, in particular, provides the best of both worlds: the natural and the
civilized. The nature includes New Hampshire’s 273 lakes and ponds, including the famous Lake
Winnipesaukee, and multiple natural platforms on which to view them, whether they be a mountain side or a
mountain summit.
Hopefully the spectacular views won’t make visitors forget opportunities within New Hampshire towns
and cities, though. There’s shopping at the Tilton Factory Outlets--which include discount stores for Ralph
Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Coach—and at the countless locally owned shops that line the lakeside roads.
Then there are historical attractions such as the Shaker village, with its perfectly preserved 19th-century village,
and homes of great poets Robert Frost and E.E. Cummings.
Modern day shoppers also love the antique shopping trails that meander through the area. In fact,
though those who don’t know the state might view New Hampshire as a big forest, but there are actually close
to 100 communities and more than 400 businesses in central New Hampshire, including area attractions,
restaurants, retail establishments, and accommodations.
With all this, the New Hampshire Lakes Region could be said to be the best of the best of autumn
tourist destinations: the best foliage state within the best foliage region. So, grab a sweater and your camera,
because it’s “leaf peeping” time in New Hampshire!
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The Lakes Region Tourism Association can help you in finding out more about what makes the New
Hampshire Lakes Region the greatest destination for fall retreats.
For more information and free visitors’ guides, visit LakesRegion.org. The Lakes Region can also be
found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. The LRTA office is at Exit 20 on Route 3 in Tilton, and it can be
reached by calling (800) 60-LAKES.
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