New Hampshire might be small in square mileage but the state more than makes up for it in regards to history, American heritage and scenic beauty. Dating all the way back to the found of America, it was New Hampshire, first among the other thirteen colonies to declare its formal independence from England.
Additionally, the state is well know for being a trendsetter, not conforming the standards or norms of others and nowhere was this more apparent than the first woman who attempted to vote, and then who attempted to subsequently run for governor. And among other firsts, the state was the first to provide a public library in 1833.
In line with refusing to follow the status quo, New Hampshire has the unique distinction of being the only state in the country where seatbelt use is optional. The same is true for bikers and the use of helmets. But the state is also out of this world, being the birthplace of the first American astronaut, Alan Shephard.
There is also no sales tax in New Hampshire and the state boasts the longest running lottery in the nation. And if the state makes you want to take the road less traveled, it’s no coincidence. Famed poet laureate Robert Frost was born in the granite state, along with President Franklin Pierce, comedian Adam Sandler and musician Ray LaMontagne.
The state also hosts the first in the nation presidential primary, following Iowa’s caucus. Overall, the “live free or die” state boasts a lot of history, ingenuity, independence and scenic beauty. Every fall, the birch and maple trees blanketing the countryside turn bright beautiful shades of autumnal orange, red, yellow and brown.