NH’s Monadnock region is named after Mt. Monadnock. Its 3,165 feet is one of the most frequently climbed mountains in the world, and was famously written about by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Located in southwestern NH, the economy is driven by Keene State College, Franklin Pierce University, retail sales (with strong contributions from tax avoiding VT & MA residents), tourism and agriculture.
Mostly rolling hills and flat areas, the area is sparsely populated and quite attractive. For its population size, the area has lively and varied cultural and arts programs, particularly through/by the college and university. Except for Mt. Monadnock there are no ‘destination attractions’ but there are numerous parks and open spaces, ample outdoor recreation, a couple of stone bridges and a few covered bridges.
While not ‘an attraction’ in the traditional sense, the Cathedral of the Pines, a memorial for those who have died in defense of our country, draws many people to the area.
Those disinclined to hike Mt. Monadnock will delight to know that mountaintop views are still easily had by simply driving to the summit of Pack Monadnock via Miller State Park. On clear days, you can see Mount Washington and Boston skyscrapers from its 2,290 foot summit.
Restaurants in the area feature predominately American menus. Ample lodging is available in Keene, but sparse elsewhere.
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