The Smithsonian Magazine has compiled a list of the 20 Best Towns To Visit in 2013 and Hanover, NH ranks as LUCKY 13. Towns in the running had to have a population of less than 15,000 and a significant concentration of music, the arts, historic sites and other cultural attractions. And it didn’t hurt to have an institution of higher learning nearby. So why Hanover, NH? Let’s start with Dartmouth College, founded in 1769 to train Native Americans as missionaries. It has become one of the most prestigious current Ivy League educational institutions. There is music, theater, museums, art galleries – some associated with the college and others in the surrounding communities. The Orozco murals, located in Baker Library, has just received the National Landmark designation and last year the Dartmouth Aires came in second on NBC’s The Sing-Off. You can shop at quaint bookstores, eat at restaurants that pride themselves on their farm to table offerings, canoe or kayak on the Connecticut River, ski on the hills of NH & VT and,if you are so inclined, hike a segment of the Appalachian Trail. We feel the air is cleaner, the grass is greener and the water is purer. And if that is not enough, then how about the Enfield Shaker Museum, the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum or the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site? So set your sights on a visit to the Upper Connecticut River Valley, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy the ambiance of a stay in one of America’s best small towns.
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