"Live Free or Die" is the motto in Concord and throughout the state of New Hampshire, especially the capital of New Hampshire. According to the New Hampshire Historical Society, John Stark coined the phrase, which became the official state motto in 1945.
The Granite State and its' rebellious slogan have a history dating back to the original 13 American colonies. Today, the 9th U.S. state is a travel destination for NH residents, American tourists, and those across the Canadian border in Quebec.
Individuals and families travel to New Hampshire to see scenic lakes like Lake Winnipesaukee and the state's Atlantic Ocean coastline. Visitors also take in parks like Monadnock State Park, tall mountain ranges, and ski mountains like Mount Washington in the White Mountains or Cannon Mountain Ski Resort.
Around the state of New Hampshire, cities like Laconia, Hanover, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Keene, Dover, and of course Concord are all places of interest for travelers.
Here are five reasons you should live free and see this beautiful capital city before you die!
What is the Capital of New Hampshire?
Concord is the state capital of New Hampshire. The city of Concord, NH is the seat of Merrimack County in the Northeastern United States. This city is home to the New Hampshire statehouse where the New Hampshire General Court convenes. This gold-domed building dates back to the 19th century and is the meeting house for the New Hampshire state government.
The city sits on the Merrimack River that splits the town in two. Concord frequently receives guests from nearby states in the New England region like Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Maine. In fact, the city is only half an hour from Boston and Massachusetts Bay.
Long before it was New Hampshire's capital city, the area around Concord was home to the Pennacook Native Americans. The Pennacook fished along the seacoast.
Concord is the second-largest city in New Hampshire, falling behind Manchester. In 2019, the population of Concord was estimated to be 44,000 people inside the area's nearly 70 square miles. Smaller villages like Penacook make up the greater Concord area.
Residents and tourists often traverse the city's areas via the Concord Coach bus company. Individuals, couples, groups of friends, and families can all visit the Concord metropolitan area and find something they'll love. Before coming to town, visitors should consider the travel guide below.
5 Reasons to Visit Concord, New Hampshire
1. Capitol Center for the Arts
The Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire, is a cultural focal point in this fine city. This "old-school theatre" is the spot to go when looking for live music, dance shows, plays, and more. Interested individuals should view the venue's event list and set travel plans accordingly!
2. McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is an excellent stop for individuals and families looking for scientific education in a local Concord Museum. The museum is dedicated to native New Hampshire citizens, Christa McAuliffe and Alan Shephard, NASA astronauts. The exhibits on offer and planetarium shows are a must-see when traveling to Concord!
3. Susan N. McLane Audubon Center
The Susan N. McLane Audubon Center has nature and wildlife lovers covered! Here visitors can find information about New Hampshire animal sanctuaries and local wildlife. What's more, this center features animal observation areas and scenic nature trails.
4. Old North Cemetery
The Old North Cemetery is the last resting place for the 14th President of the United States, Franklin Pierce!
5. Drink and Dine in Concord
"Concord's Main Street really is New Hampshire's Main Street," says U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen. The town of Concord has everything from fine dining to quick grab-and-go meals. What's more, this area is home to local breweries like Litherman's Brewery and Concord Craft Brewing Company.
Concord, NH is a great place to see American history firsthand, immerse oneself in New Hampshire culture, and more. Enjoy traveling the USA!
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