Tucked away in America's north-eastern corner, New Hampshire is a State for all seasons. Spring is maple syrup time, when the sweet sap is collected and 'sugared off' to become the USA's favourite pancake covering. Summer is for hiking in the spectacular White Mountains, or swimming in crystal-clear lakes. Fall brings spectacular leaf colour to the hillsides, as well as the apple harvest. And come winter's snowfall, New Hampshire holidays are perfect for skiing, snow-shoeing and sleigh rides.
All this is set against a backdrop of dramatic variation and beauty. There's a small strip of coastline stretching south of handsome Portsmouth with its historic homes, and it's studded with good sandy beaches and family resorts. Travel north and you'll hit the majestic White Mountains, home to towering Mount Washington; while in between is a land of forested hills, rolling pastures, and charming clapboard villages complete with steepled churches and farmers' markets.
The scenery is astounding wherever you look on New Hampshire holidays, and there's some picturesque roads just begging to be driven - especially the 'Kanc', which winds past the waterfalls and backcountry lakes of the White Mountains National Forest. If you're in search of the flaming reds and mellow yellows of the Fall foliage, then head for the Great North Woods; or try the Crawford Notch, which cruises through a valley blanketed in maple and birch trees. You can even drive up Mount Washington!T
There's plenty to do once you've stepped out of the car, too. There's a string of lovely towns and villages to explore; there's historic sites to discover; the Lakes district has fantastic watersports, boating and fishing; and there's the feistily independent locals to get to know. The State's motto is 'Live free or die': it's a suitably spirited motto for a uniquely spirited place..