At first glance, the Monadnock Region may seem like a place where time stands still; its small villages, rolling farmland and occasional mill looking much like they must have a century or more ago. No region in the state is more quintessentially 'New England.' You could build your vacation around stays at 200-year-old inns, visits to 18th and 19th century historic homes and explorations of the same natural attractions Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and other early Americans knew.

You could begin your visit in Keene, along the widest Main Street in the world. It's a bustling college town and a shopping center for the entire region. The nearby towns of Hinsdale, Chesterfield and Winchester include Pisgah State Park, a 13,500-acre undeveloped park that draws hikers, mountain bikers, hunters, anglers, snowmobilers and cross country skiers.

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The Merrimack Valley Region's past is every bit as colorful as its maple trees in fall. A century and a half ago, the red brick mill communities welcomed immigrants from Greece, Canada, Ireland and around the world. These people helped make Manchester the largest textile-producing city in the world in the late 1800s, outstripping even Manchester, England.

The Merrimack Valley Region is every bit as diverse as its people. It is the major center for government and business in the state. Its three largest cities are Concord, the capital, where the fourth largest deliberative body in the world, the State's legislature, meets; Manchester, the state's financial center and home of the state's largest airport; and Nashua, which was cited in 1997 and 1987 as the best place to live in the U.S. by Money magazine.

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