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Merrimack Valley Region, NH: The Merrimack Valley is filled with large towns and cities offering malls and shopping as well as beautiful rivers and landscape. Many towns and cities are less than an hour away from Boston, the mountains and the seacoast.

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A mix of cities and small towns, the Merrimack Valley Region has much to offer. It is home to the state capital, Concord (pop. 42,000), as well as the largest city, Manchester (pop. 110,000).

Concord, always a busy legal and financial center, was once home to Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States. The Museum of New Hampshire History offers exhibitions on the state's heritage and traditions and the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center preserves the legacy of the woman chosen to be the first teacher in space.

Race cars zoom around the New Hampshire International Speedway, just to the north in Loudon. It's the biggest sports facility in New England. Nearby, but on the opposite side of the cultural spectrum, the Canterbury Shaker Village preserves 18th- to 20th-century Shaker buildings.

Manchester - hailed by national magazines as the "Best Small City in the East," as well as one of the "Top 10 Cities to Live In" - hosts the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, the Opera League of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats minor league baseball team and the Verizon Wireless Arena, where rock concerts, hockey games and other forms of entertainment take place. Manchester also features the Palace Theatre, built in 1915, and the internationally-renowned Currier Museum of Art.

Every fall, the small town of Deerfield presents the popular Deerfield Fair, featuring traditional country amusements. Southwest of Manchester is Purgatory Falls, where a 50-foot waterfall is a summer cooler and a favorite spot for ice climbers each winter. The Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack offers factory tours and a chance to meet the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Derry, north of Salem, was the decade-long home of poet Robert Frost. Nashua, the "gateway" to New Hampshire, is a two-time pick by Money Magazine as the "Best Place to Live in America," with 26 parks, 14 baseball fields and nine outdoor skating rinks. Right on the Mass. border, Salem is the home of Canobie Lake Park, a popular theme park, and America's Stonehenge, the oldest manmade structure in the country.

The Merrimack Valley Region is a comprehensive sampler of all that New Hampshire offers year round and leaves visitors and residents satisfied, yet invites them to see and do some more.

This information originally appeared in Destination NH, Your Ultimate Guide to the Granite State
These Points of Interests are entertaining or educational places that are geared toward children or fun for the whole family.

Canobie Lake Park
8 North Policy St.
Salem, NH 03079
Ph: 603-893-3506
http://canobielakepark.com/

Capitol Center for the Arts
44 South Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
Ph: 603-225-1111
http://www.ccanh.com/

Charmingfare Farm
774 High Street
Candia, NH 03034
Ph: 603-483-5623
http://www.visitthefarm.com/

Currier Museum of Art
150 Ash Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Ph: 603-669-6144
http://www.currier.org

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
2 Institute Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Ph: 603-271-7827
http://www.starhop.com/

Science Enrichment Encounters (SEE Science Center)
200 Bedford Street
Manchester, NH
603-669-0400
http://www.see-sciencecenter.org/

Stonyfield Farm Yogurt
10 Burton Dr.
Londonderry, NH
(603) 437-4040
http://www.stonyfield.com/

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours
221 Daniel Webster Highway
Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 595-1202
http://www.budweisertours.com

Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Road
Canterbury, NH 03224
(603) 783-9511
http://www.shakers.org

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