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Portsmouth
Don your walking shoes, breathe in the ocean air and set out to discover this picturesque maritime town. You can join one of several organized walking tours or explore on your own. Portsmouth is filled with old homes and museums, and you'll have your pick of fascinating historic sites. Climb aboard the USS Albacore, a retired U.S. Navy submarine offering tours and exhibits. View an 18th-century garden, striking stairway and period furniture at the Moffatt Ladd House, the home of William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, or follow a costumed guide through the John Paul Jones House, home of the Revolutionary War naval hero. For a broader look at the city's history, visit Strawbery Banke Museum... more Don your walking shoes, breathe in the ocean air and set out to discover this picturesque maritime town. You can join one of several organized walking tours or explore on your own. Portsmouth is filled with old homes and museums, and you'll have your pick of fascinating historic sites. Climb aboard the USS Albacore, a retired U.S. Navy submarine offering tours and exhibits. View an 18th-century garden, striking stairway and period furniture at the Moffatt Ladd House, the home of William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, or follow a costumed guide through the John Paul Jones House, home of the Revolutionary War naval hero. For a broader look at the city's history, visit Strawbery Banke Museum, where over 40 buildings have been assembled to depict Portsmouth life from 1695 to 1950, complete with costumed actors. If you know architecture, Portsmouth's array of Colonial, Federalist and Neo-classical styles will dazzle you. Weary of walking? Sit down for a meal at one of Portsmouth's fine eateries or relax on a narrated harbor or whale-watching cruise. less

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Prescott Park
Prescott Park
Attraction type: Parks; Gardens
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Strawbery Banke Museum
Strawbery Banke Museum
Owner description: View and visit some of the numerous buildings at this 10-acre outdoor museum that traces the history of this seaport town, with costumed interpreters providing demonstrations of... more Owner description: View and visit some of the numerous buildings at this 10-acre outdoor museum that traces the history of this seaport town, with costumed interpreters providing demonstrations of trades and insights into earlier Portsmouth times. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites; History Museums
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Isles of Shoals
Isles of Shoals
Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.
Attraction type: Islands
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Market Square
Market Square
Owner description: The heart of downtown, where several walking tours begin, Market Square is a center of activity with art galleries, bookstores, antique shops, ethnic restaurants and many original... more Owner description: The heart of downtown, where several walking tours begin, Market Square is a center of activity with art galleries, bookstores, antique shops, ethnic restaurants and many original 17th-century buildings. less
Attraction type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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USS Albacore Museum
USS Albacore Museum
Owner description: Kids will love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served as a test bed for other submarine systems and now gives visitors a feel for the tight quarters, tiny... more Owner description: Kids will love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served as a test bed for other submarine systems and now gives visitors a feel for the tight quarters, tiny berths and general submarine lifestyle. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums; History Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Lexie's Joint
Lexie's Joint
Ranked #1 of 188 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: American
Shio
Shio
Ranked #2 of 188 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: Japanese
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Ristorante Massimo
Ristorante Massimo
Ranked #3 of 188 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Cava
Cava
Ranked #4 of 188 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Brazo
Brazo
Ranked #5 of 188 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Price: $31 - $50
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

BEST WESTERN PLUS Wynwood Hotel & Suites
3.0 of 5
BEST WESTERN PLUS Wynwood Hotel & Suites
$96 - $202
Ranked #10 of 17 Hotels in Portsmouth
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America's Best Inns & Suites
2.0 of 5
America's Best Inns & Suites
$85 - $162
Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in Portsmouth
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The Inn at Strawbery Banke
The Inn at Strawbery Banke
$100 - $150
Ranked #3 of 4 Portsmouth B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
$160 - $314
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Portsmouth
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The Hotel Portsmouth
The Hotel Portsmouth
$168 - $299
Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Portsmouth
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Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown
$170 - $370
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Portsmouth
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Stage Neck Inn
4.0 of 5
Stage Neck Inn
$204 - $319
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in York Harbor
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Stage Neck Inn
4.0 of 5
Stage Neck Inn
$204 - $319
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in York Harbor
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