Just north of the Massachusetts border, Nashua is a former textile-manufacturing city with a recently revitalized main street that boats dozens of ethnic and gourmet restaurants, clubs with live entertainment and boutique shopping. It's also home to Holman Stadium, where the Nashua Pride minor-league baseball team plays.

Nearby sites of interest include the farm where Robert Frost lived and Mystery Hill, also called "America's Stonehenge."

The state-run Robert Frost Farm, located in Derry, is where the poet wrote some of his most famous work, including West-Running Brook and The Mending Wall. Frost's farm has been restored as it was when he lived there with his family 1900-11. There's a small museum in the barn and a magnificent nature trail out back. The farm is usually open mid-May to mid-October, but check the hours prior to your visit.

Mystery Hill in North Salem is an array of stone structures encircled by a ring of stones that some believe had some astronomical function—an arrangement similar to Stonehenge in England. These monoliths may date to 2,000 BC, and some experts believe they are of Celtic origin, suggesting that the European Celts somehow made their way to North America thousands of years before Columbus.

A short drive north of Nashua, in Merrimack, is an Anheuser-Busch brewery, where you can tour historical exhibits, learn about brewing techniques and visit the famous Clydesdale horses. Nashua is 35 mi/55 km south of Concord.

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