My mom, my sister and I jumped into our rented Mazda after flying from Omaha to Boston this past Saturday – we were headed 3 hours north to New Hampshire!
As soon as we crossed the state line, we saw a huge sign that read “Welcome to New Hampshire! Live Free or Die.” Maybe it was the delusion of flying all day, but we thought this was the best state motto a state could have. We kept repeating the line throughout our trip, even when we were no longer in NH.
New Hampshire is a beautiful state and although we only spent a few days in the state, I think I understand the motto more now that I’m back home. While it more than likely originated back during the Revolutionary War, it’s fun to find uses of the statement in today’s world. Think about how much our culture is centered around working and always being on the go. Are you really living free if you’re chained to your desk?
I present to you: a guide to New Hampshire AND a guide on how to live more freely.
The first thing we did, after checking into our cute Airbnb – and getting a good nights’ rest – was drive around this highway. It wasn’t too bad to reach from our Airbnb and it was a great way to see the fall trees changing colors! Some of the trees were still green but in other spots it was filled with bright oranges, yellows, deep purples and reds.
The highway also takes you through White Mountain National Forest.
Driving though the forest, there are a numerous amount of places you can stop along your drive. We made a few pit stops to see a small waterfall, get some pictures of the view and even to just walk around a little bit.
Once we came out of the forest, we reached a cute little town that had two things we needed: alpine sliding and food.
The place we found was Attitish Mountain Resort and it was $18 a person to go down the slide. We all really enjoyed the experience, so I think the price was justified. The price also included a ski lift ride up to the top of the mountain, were we got to see more fall trees on our ride up.
We really tried to just go with the flow during our two nights in this state, stopping along the way whenever we saw something that intrigued us, trying different foods such as poutine, and even getting lost a few times.
Overall, New Hampshire proved that fall is better on the East Coast and that state mottos really can have an impact on how you view a new state.
Be on the look out for my upcoming blogs from the rest of our trip:
**Do you know your state motto?
**Do you enjoy fall?
**Would you go alpine skiing?
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