Lebanon is the largest of the Upper Valley communities with approximately 13,500 people – and the only city – in the Upper Valley. It serves as the core shopping area for a regional population of between 30,000 and 40,000, having both a downtown (Lebanon) and an area of commerce (West Lebanon) just off I-89. On the New Hampshire side of the Connecticut River, Lebanon is bordered by the towns of Enfield, Plainfield and Hanover (home to Dartmouth College). On the Vermont side of the river is the Town of Hartford, which includes the Village of White River Junction.
Lebanon is truly at the Crossroads of Northern New England with Interstates 89 and 91 intersecting in White River Junction. These major highways provide easy access to and from the Upper Valley, with Boston just two hours away by car, Montreal three hours and New York City five hours. Û
Public transportation is readily available. Dartmouth Coach is based in Lebanon with state-of-the-art buses making several round trips each day to downtown Boston, Logan Airport and New York City. A Greyhound Bus Terminal (formerly Vermont Transit) is in White River Junction, Vermont and provides service to Boston, New York and Montreal. Amtrak train service runs daily from White River Junction to points north and south. In addition North Country Auto and Upper Valley Ride to the airport provide transportation not only locally, but to Manchester and Boston airports. Advance Transit provides local transportation at no charge.
The Lebanon Municipal Airport is open to commercial and private airplanes. Cape Air provides one-stop service connections to over 70 domestic and 29 international destinations. The airline shares the terminal with Jet Blue at Logan Regional Airport and yes there is no charge for bags at either location. Commencing with free parking and four daily 55-minute Cape Air flights to Boston. Cape Air also provides two daily flights to White Plains (NY) with complimentary ground transportation to midtown Manhattan (Lebanon Airport to midtown in 2 hours). A variety of aircraft hangar spaces, terminal areas and commercial land areas are available for lease. Avis and Hertz provide vehicle rentals from their offices in the Airport Terminal building. Based at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, Granite Air Service provides full propeller and jet airplane services, and Sharkey’s Helicopters provides full helicopter services. Granite Air Service operates in a beautiful, modern building with many amenities, including a spacious, comfortable passenger waiting area, a flight crew lounge and a nicely equipped flight planning room.