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Living in the Upper Valley

Dartmouth College is located in Hanover, New Hampshire, alongside the Connecticut River, which defines the border with Vermont.  The area is part of the scenic Upper Valley, a region that extends from Walpole (NH) and Westminster (VT) in the south to Bath (NH) and Ryegate (VT) in the north.

The campus is two hours northwest of Boston and five hours north of New York City.  Hanover is accessible via Interstates 89 and 91; airports in Manchester, NH, and Lebanon, NH; and by bus and Amtrak rail service from New York and Washington, D.C. to White River Junction, VT.

The Upper Valley, a landscape of powerful beauty, offers a wide range of year-round outdoor recreational activities as well as diverse social, cultural, and artistic communities.  Situated near the Appalachian Trail, the area is renowned for its premier skiing, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking.  In addition to Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts, leading venues for the performing arts include the Chandler Music Hall, the Claremont Opera House, the Lebanon Opera House, the Newport Opera House, and the Northern Stage Company.

The area’s primary medical facility, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), a nationally ranked academic medical center, is located in Lebanon, N.H.  DHMC includes Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, Dartmouth Medical School, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. DHMC is home to Norris Cotton Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center), the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth, an interdisciplinary Spine Center, comprehensive Cardiology services, and the region's only Level I Trauma Center.  Other area facilities include Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, Gifford Hospital, and Valley Regional Hospital.  Additionally, the Upper Valley has numerous individual and group family practices.


Last Updated: 7/31/14