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Wolfeboro Town on Lake Winnipesaukee

Did you know that people from all over America come to New Hampshire for vacation? They are drawn to the Granite State by the beautiful scenery—the mountains, the lakes, the rivers, the valleys, the coastline, and the ocean. Thousands of people visit New Hampshire every year to hike, fish, swim, sail, and explore.

New Hampshire has been a popular tourist destination since the middle of the 19th century. And tourism has changed the state a lot. Tourists needed places to stay like hotels; they needed places to eat like restaurants; and, before the invention of cars, they needed a way to get to New Hampshire like the railroad.

So why did so many people come to New Hampshire? What did they come to see? What did they do to celebrate and remember their visit? And how did New Hampshire change to provide tourists with what they needed to make their visit enjoyable?

What Do We Want To Know?

What questions shape your exploration of this unit? Think about these questions as you learn about this topic.
  • 1
    Why did tourists come to New Hampshire?
  • 2
    How did technology and industrialization impact tourism in New Hampshire?
  • 3
    How did people preserve their ideas of nature through art?
  • 4
    How did the rise of tourism change New Hampshire?

For Students

Learn It!

Explore the history of 19th-century tourism in New Hampshire in this unit

Find It!

View the images, objects, documents, maps, videos, biographies, and vocabulary words in this unit

Do It!

Use the knowledge you’ve gained in this unit to play these online games and complete the review activities

Go See It!

Visit New Hampshire places where the history in this unit happened

For Teachers

Unit Plan for Unit 13

Find lesson plans, vocabulary words, additional resources, and an overview of the subject