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Any great side trips from Manchester, NH?

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Any great side trips from Manchester, NH?

We're planning on going to NH and flying into Manchester. Are there any great side trips from Manchester? We have never been in the area before and are planning to go there this autumn. Plan is to stay for about 1 week.

Thanks for any tips.

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1. Re: Any great side trips from Manchester, NH?

Are you planning on staying the entire week in the Manchester area and what dates will you be there?

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2. Re: Any great side trips from Manchester, NH?

Is Manchester a destination for a particular reason, business or family event? If not, I'd recommend staying closer to the mountains or seacoast if you can. If you can't, the mountains are about 1.5 easy hours north and the seacost an easy 45 minutes drive from Manchester.

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3. Re: Any great side trips from Manchester, NH?

When do you plan to be here? Autumn is a big piece of time. Late September thru late October is fall foliage time. The best place to see the fall colors depends on when you are in the area. So, some time frame will help. Early October is usually in the White Mountains. Second to third week, you may want to focus more southerly - Lakes Region, Hanover/Lake Sunapee, and Monadnock. Later in that time, it's the seacoast. Keene has a great Pumpkin Festival where they light nearly 30,000 Jack-o'Lanterns all along Main Street. They established and have held the Guinness World Record for many years, though not currently. It is a great event, October 25 this year.

The other thing about great side trips is knowing what excites you - nature? outdoor sports? museums? culture? shopping? antiques? etc. Do you want to go to the place everyone is going, or find some quiet little out of the way gems, that are plentiful in NH? For instance, the White Mountains are beautiful and impressive, but also crowded during peak tourism times. The Monadnock region has mountains and unending beauty, but in a quieter sort of way. Both are wonderful in their own ways.

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