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Fascinating political history, a lively cultural atmosphere and charming New England scenery converge in Concord. This quaint city is the capital of New Hampshire. Walk along its broad streets past red-brick buildings to feel like you’re stepping back in time.
With its Greek-style columns and gleaming golden cupola, the New Hampshire State House is an iconic symbol of the city. Built in 1816, it is one of the nation’s oldest state houses. Take a tour to learn about New Hampshire’s government from its inception to the present day.
The red-brick Eagle Hotel, across the street from the state house, hosted many notable figures until it closed its doors in 1961. President Ulysses S. Grant, Eleanor Roosevelt and Vice President Richard Nixon were all once guests.
Despite its unassuming exterior, Phenix Hall has a fascinating history. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln both made speeches here. Attend a lecture, concert or other show throughout the year in the 500-seat auditorium.
Most of Concord’s cultural scene takes place at Capitol Center for the Arts. Under its roof see off-Broadway plays, famous comedy acts or movie screenings.
Tour Pierce Manse, the Greek revival home of President Franklin Pierce before his presidency. The house was actually moved to Montgomery Street from its original location on North Main Street in 1971 to spare it from demolition.
Explore science and outer space at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. This museum is named in honor of Sharon Christa McAuliffe, the Concord High School social studies teacher who became the first teacher in space, and Alan Shepard, the New Hampshire native who was the first American in space. Visit the soaring dome planetarium or check out the full-size rocket replicas.
Play a round at Beaver Meadow Golf Course, one of the oldest courses in New England. Visit New Hampshire’s beautiful wilderness, mountains and lakes, a short drive away. White Mountain National Forest and the large Lake Winnipesaukee are both an hour north of Concord.
Set out from Boston to see some of the best sights in New England and eastern Canada on a scenic 6-day road trip. Your journey takes you from the White Mountains to Quebec City and Montreal, showing you Canada's capital, its largest city, and the iconic Niagara Falls.