Hanover and the Upper Valley straddle the New Hampshire-Vermont border in the Upper Connecticut River Valley, about 135 miles northwest of Boston. The intersection of Interstates 91 and 89 just south of Hanover has made the area an important crossroads of northern New England. With the highways so close by, if you rise early you can explore the coast of Maine, catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park or shop in Montreal – and still be home in time for dinner.
Lebanon Airport, just six miles south of Hanover and Norwich, features short lines and daily round trips to Boston’s Logan Airport and White Plains, New York, where connections can be made across the country or around the globe. Charter flights also operate out of this modern facility that features on-site car rentals and free Wi-Fi. An easy 80-minute drive brings you to the Manchester Airport, which has connections all over the U.S. and has become a popular alternative to Boston’s Logan Airport. The drive to Vermont’s Burlington Airport is also about an hour and a half.
For those who prefer the romance of the rails, Amtrak’s Vermonter offers daily service from nearby White River Junction, Vermont to St. Albans, Vermont, for northbound travelers, or New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., for those southbound. Prefer not to get behind the wheel? Several car services, shuttle services and two bus lines offer the chance to catch up on reading, take a nap or watch a movie on a trip to Boston or New York.
Dartmouth Coach offers daily service to both Boston, Logan Airport and New York City in a coach bus with Wi-Fi and power outlets, plenty of legroom and storage.
Thanks to a unique partnership among Hanover, Lebanon, Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Advance Transit offers free shuttle bus transportation from the shopping plazas of West Lebanon to Hanover and the college, from Canaan to Hartford Village and between Hanover and Norwich. Another green alternative at Dartmouth College is “Zipcars for Universities,” an initiative that offers rental cars on demand by the hour or day.