Sitting just two miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, Portsmouth is a prominent city in New Hampshire's quaint seacoast region. As a historically rich seaport, Portsmouth is a popular summer destination in New England, which draws visitors with its stimulating mix of historic buildings, art galleries, sidewalk cafes, and jazz music. Guests can enjoy exploring the American Independence Museum, relaxing on Hampton Beach, strolling through Market Square, touring the Strawbery Banke Museum, or cooling off at Water Country.
Travelers can choose to fly Allegiant Air into Pease International Airport (PSM), take the Amtrak Downeaster, or drive in via Interstate 95. Portsmouth is conveniently crossed by Routes 1, 4, 1A, 16 and 33 to make navigating the sights a breeze.
Most hotels will be located downtown along the Portsmouth Harbor, but some great deals can be found by staying on the outskirts in Exeter, Hampton, New Castle or Rye. Seaside resorts in Kittery, Maine, can also be accessed by a short eight minute drive north over Memorial Bridge.
Portsmouth was settled in 1623, and the city has evolved into a vibrant cultural center with a friendly, small-town feel. Summers are moderately warm in the upper 70s, and high year-round precipitation will require a good rain slicker. If you're traveling to Portsmouth from June to October, don't forget to attend the Prescott Park Arts Festival for outdoor music along the Piscataqua River.
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