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West Coasters have long reveled in the unique opportunities that come with living in that region of America. One such perk includes the ability to stand on top of a mountain at mid-morning and then stroll along the seashore at sunset.

Surprisingly, not many people know that the same opportunities exist back East – specifically in the state of New Hampshire, which boasts some 18 miles of oceanfront land in a region known as the Seacoast. A couple of hours inland sits Mt. Washington, a bear of a peak that can be a challenge to ascend by car…so much so that many automobiles in the region boast a bumper sticker announcing success in making the climb.

The Lake Region

The Lakes Region

In between, there’s an area known as the Lakes Region, which is dotted with various bodies of water that are suitable for fishing, swimming, water skiing and more.

Below is a closer look at New Hampshire’s outdoor wonders, all of which bear exploring and savoring on your own time, at your own pace.

Seacoast Region: Practically every inch of this area’s miles of seashore is a delight, from the honky-tonk pleasures of Hampton Beach (where men should feel right at home in a pair of our Global Traveler Shorts), to the stately architecture and upscale shopping in downtown Portsmouth. Check out the Wentworth Hotel in New Castle for a taste of modernized Old World charm. And while Portsmouth itself is home to a couple of lighthouses, consider trekking across the state line into Maine for a peek at Cape Neddick Lighthouse, also known as The Nubble.

Cape Neddick Lighthouse

Cape Neddick Lighthouse

White Mountains Region: Step back into another time and world with a trek into the state’s famous mountain range. There’s plenty of skiing and other activities during winter. But it is during the summer that the area’s rich beauty can perhaps be better (and more comfortably) appreciated. If you’re not up for driving to the top of Mt. Washington, take the Cog Railway instead. Just be sure to bring along your camera (and, depending on the weather, women might appreciate packing along a Snow Wonder Jacket to ward off any sudden wintry breezes once they’ve arrived at the railway’s destination).

Lakes Region: If there’s one place you should head in this area, it’s undoubtedly Lake Winnipesaukee, which covers 72 square miles and contains more than 250 islands. If there’s time, take a side trip to the magical Squam Lakes, the site where the movie “On Golden Pond” was filmed.