The Towns of Hanover, Lebanon and surrounding region is a part of what is known as "The Upper Valley". This designation refers to a geographic area stretching along both sides of the Connecticut River in central New Hampshire and Vermont.
Each Upper Valley town has its own distinctive character and beauty. Hanover is home to Dartmouth College (one of the Ivy League colleges and the ninth oldest college in the nation) and enjoys a lively, ‘New England cosmopolitan’ business district. The area offers an incredible mix of activities, thanks to the great outdoors, including the Connecticut River, the White and Green Mountains, the arts and culture community, and the benefits of intellectual activities found in a college town.
Throughout the region, you will enjoy beautiful scenery, independent shops, and activities that showcase the local community flavor.
New England is well known to tourists for its incredible display of foliage, and the Upper Valley area offers some of the best “leaf-peeping” in New England. In late September and early October, the countryside explodes into breathtaking color. The drive on Route 120 through Lebanon and on Route 10 North through Hanover, Lyme, Orford, Piermont and North Haverhill to the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire is one of the most beautiful scenic routes in the United States.
There are plenty of attractions to keep visitors engaged, no matter what the season, from the quaint and fascinating Shaker Community 15 minutes east in Enfield, to Quechee Gorge, the “Grand Canyon of the East,” 15 minutes west in Vermont. The area offers hundreds of hiking trails, rivers and lakes, as well as countless cultural opportunities, from world-class performances at the Lebanon Opera House and Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center to the wealth of art and history on display in the region’s museums.
Throughout the year, the Upper Valley is the scene of dozens of festivals and special events, from the Quechee Balloon Festival and street festivals in the summertime, to the Christmas Revels, a highlight of the holiday season. Outdoor recreation is a big part of Upper Valley life, with three ski areas within a 20-minute drive and several major ski resorts only slightly further afield. Local food enthusiasts can attend a bustling farmers market somewhere in the region on nearly any day of the week.
Our many hotels, motels, inns, and bed and breakfasts are conveniently located both in Lebanon and throughout the surrounding Upper Valley, and can meet any budget. Dining opportunities range from fast food to fine dining, with local restaurants offering steak, seafood, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, French, Mexican, and traditional American cuisine.
Don’t hesitate to contact the Chamber for more information on anything you’re interested in: visiting, recreation, relocation and more. We’re your personal concierge!
Thank you for choosing the Upper Valley region as your destination.
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