Life in the Upper Valley

The scenic Connecticut River divides New Hampshire and Vermont, and a historic bridge links the charming towns of Hanover and Norwich. With the Green Mountains to the west and the White Mountains to the east, you’re surrounded by rugged beauty.

Local farms stands and markets stock lots of fresh produce and hand-made gourmet items. Tucked into our scenic valley, museums display everything from old-time machinery to contemporary sculpture to native wildlife.

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green, pink, and orange fireworks
Arts & Culture

The Upper Valley is brimming with arts and culture, offering easy access to large-scale multifaceted theaters as well as smaller venues and spontaneous pop-ups catering to local talent and smaller audiences.

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Students carving pumpkins during October's Har-Fest
Farms & Museums

Local farm stands and markets stock lots of fresh produce and handmade gourmet items. Tucked into our scenic valley, museums display everything from old-time machinery to contemporary sculpture to native wildlife.

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Two students hiking
Outdoor Recreation

With the Appalachian Trail running through campus and the Connecticut River just steps away, outdoor activities are always accessible here. The Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) is the country’s oldest and largest collegiate outing club, with membership open to all.

Antiques, Vintage, Consignments

Close to campus are a plethora of shops featuring one-of-a-kind antiques, vintage clothing, or architectural salvage. Volunteer at COVER, offering nonprofit housing repair, and literally help rebuild the lives of our neighbors.

Food & Dining

The Upper Valley has many wonderful restaurants from which to choose: American, Asian, French, Italian, Fusion, Mexican, and more. From elegant to casual, in-town to country, there are plenty of choices to satisfy your cravings and your pocketbook.