New Hampshire was one of the original 13 colonies, yet despite its history of human habitation it remains blanketed in pristine wilderness. Its forests, populated by elm, maple, hemlock and fir trees, are home to white-tailed deer, muskrat, porcupine, snowshoe hare, as well as endangered species such as the peregrine falcon, bald eagle and lynx. New Hampshire’s landscape includes granite hills and great streams. It has been called both the Granite State and the Mother of Rivers. Its snow-covered mountain ranges have inspired yet another nickname: the Switzerland of America. Whitewater rafting, hiking the Appalachian Trail, horseback riding and mountaineering are just a few of the outdoor activities available in New Hampshire’s lush wilderness areas. Fifty-four covered bridges still span the rivers of New Hampshire, and each is unique in history and design. New Hampshire’s many cities, towns and villages offer a plethora of diverse cultural experiences. The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough is America’s oldest artists’ residency program, offering artists a nurturing environment in which to study and create. The New Hampshire Medical Society was established in 1791 and the society’s seal was carved by a Boston engraver you may have heard of: his name was Paul Revere.