Welcome to Concord, New Hampshire, the capital city that provides a superb gateway into the gorgeous state full of auburn forests, snowy mountainsides, and warm summer seascapes. This city is a 65 square mile watershed of the Merrimack River, bounded in the west by Penacook Lake. The winters are long, cold, and snowy, but the summers are warm and humid, making this a great vacation spot any time of the year!
The city first started in 1725 as a plantation city, having gained its township and independence in 1765. Before this the Abenaki Native Americans helped pave the way toward a successful city, using wisely the Merrimack River for transport, for the bounty of migrating salmon, and for the extremely fertile floodplain soil. Since then the town has grown, soon encompassing surrounding villages such as Penacook and East and West Concord. Concord made an economic name for itself in the early 19th century, noted for its excellence in furniture making and granite quarrying, as well as textile production after the railroad came.
Here in Concord you can visit the oldest capital building in the nation, the 1819 New Hampshire State House. There is also the Mcauliffe Shepard Discovery Center, Old North Cemetery, Everett Arena, and University of New Hampshire School of Law. Take a night on the town and listen to the Granite Symphony Orchestra or catch a show at the Concord City Auditorium. Feeling outdoorsy? Head to Turkey Ponds or the Conservation Center, or maybe the Steeplegate Mall if you need some retail therapy. There are plenty of delicious northeastern eateries as well, making Concord a perfect vacation town for anything your group desires!