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September 8, 2013

603 Reasons

1. You can go to the beach and the mountains in the same day.

2. Small government.

3. Cheap alcohol.

4. Growing number of rail trails.

5. Christa McAuliffe.

6. Robert Frost.

7. Lots of trees.

8. Many colleges to choose from.

9. Laconia Bike Week.

10. Abundant and varied wildlife.

11. State motto, Live Free or Die.

12. No income tax.

13. State parks.

14. One of the few places you can have four seasons in one week.

15. Lakes.

16. It’s not Massachusetts.

17. Fresh air.

18. Manchester Monarchs.

19. Memories of the ice storm of 2008.

20. Saco River.

21. Lake Winnepesaukee.

22. Kancamagus Highway.

23. Maple syrup.

24. Mount Washington.

25. Fall is awesome, but foliage is icing on the cake.

26. Clark’s Trading Post.

27. Old Man of the Mountain.

28. Individualism.

29. Proximity to Boston, Canada, Great Lakes.

30. Cheap cigarettes.

31. Legal fireworks and all the summer displays.

32. Ski country.

33. Adam Sandler.

34. The Flume Gorge.

35. Hiking.

36. Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway.

37. Camping.

38. Alan B. Shepard Jr.

39. Hampton Beach.

40. Pinkerton Academy.

41. Apple picking.

42. Farmers markets.

43. Pride.

44. Historic stadiums: Holman, JFK, Gill.

45. Fishing.

46. Taylor Library.

47. Chutters candy counter.

48. Moo’s ice cream.

49. Wildcat Mountain.

50. Kayaking.

51. America’s Stonehenge

52. More affordable than Massachusetts.

53. First potato farm.

54. Santa’s Village.

55. Home of the first snowmobile.

56. Granite.

57. The people.

58. Derry Dog Park.

59. Canobie Lake.

60. Sledding.

61. Covered bridges.

62. Manchester Boston Regional Airport.

63. White Mountains.

64. Candlepin bowling.

65. Tupelo Music Hall.

66. Barrington Shores Campground.

67. Concord Budmen.

68. “On Golden Pond.”

69. Mount Washington cruise.

70. Great schools.

71. Story Land.

72. Thompson Arena.

73. Loons.

74. Local farmers.

75. Aerosmith.

76. Vermin Supreme on 2012 presidential ballot.

77. Alarm clock was invented here.

78. John Stark.

79. Approval of medical marijuana.

80. Second highest beer consumption in U.S.

81. Fremont Mast Tree Riot.

82. Antiques.

83. Outlets.

84. Waterfalls.

85. Benson’s Animal Farm.

86. Portsmouth lighthouse.

87. Anheuser-Busch Factory.

88. Downtown Derry Halloween.

89. Dartmouth College.

90. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

91. Clam Haven.

92. Number one biker state.

93. SEE Science Center.

94. Chuck-A-Puck at Manchester Monarch games.

95. Milford Drive-In and hiding friends in the trunk.

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