What Is the Upper Valley?

The Upper Valley straddles the Connecticut River between New Hampshire and Vermont with the tri-city core of Hanover and Lebanon in New Hampshire, and White River Junction in Vermont.

Similar to other conglomerated areas such as New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, the Upper Valley includes a number of towns and villages and a largish area – only on a much smaller and more personal scale.

How the Upper Valley is defined varies from place to place. For our purposes we are including towns, villages, and countryside that are within an hour’s drive from the tri-city core. 

The Upper Valley is a great business center including many tech and other businesses, and of course Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. It is also a great place for outdoor adventures offering great hiking, rock climbing, boating, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and more. 

The Upper Valley is a remarkable area for the arts – from large-scale multifaceted theaters, to smaller groups that arrange for regular performances and music. A great variety of The Arts is offered: opera, musical theatre, straight plays, new works, old works, dancing, comedy, music from rock to hip hop to classical, and much more. There is something for everyone whether it be genre, cost, or location. 

Some of the towns in this area with arts events and organizations are:

New Hampshire

  • Claremont
  • Cornish
  • Enfield
  • Grantham
  • Hanover
  • Haverhill
  • Lebanon
  • New London
  • Newport
  • Orford
  • West Lebanon


  • Hartford
  • White River Junction
  • Fairlee
  • Barnard
  • Bradford
  • Hartland
  • Norwich
  • Pomfret
  • Thetford
  • Vershire
  • Wilder
  • Windsor
  • Woodstock

Other Information on the Upper Valley

Yankee Magazine, July/August 2014