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“Who knew? Freedom Trail North....”

Portsmouth Harbor Trail
Ranked #26 of 66 things to do in Portsmouth
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Owner description: A scenic walking route that includes important historic landmarks in the Portsmouth area.
Springfield, MA
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Who knew? Freedom Trail North....”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

Who knew signers of the Declaration of Independence lived in town (and that there's a tree that was planted by one of the signers from a chestnut he brought back from that occasion)? Naval capatains, John Paul Jones, who essentially founded the US Navy? You'll find these locations and more on the Portsmouth Harbor Trail, a sort of Freedom Trail North, if you know anything of the Boston variety. Highly worth it. Great way to learn more about the architrecture and history you are passing right by! Delightful way to walk, learn; stop, eat en route for a very pleasant diversion. I am from there and I still don't know everything about the town it is so historically rich. You will find it fascinating! also find the Heritage Trail, the trail of the African Americans underground railway through Portsmouth etc. Can take different routes thru diff areas so do as little or as much as you like....visiting will be so much more enjoyable when you know about all the history of the town (red light district and all! lol)

Visited July 2012
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NJ
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Not nearly as good as the Boston Freedom Trail”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

The descriptions of the harbor trail made it sound like the Freedom Trail in Boston, which is nothing close. The Chamber of Commerce no longer publishes its self-guided tour, despite their online claims, so although you can pick up a map there are no descriptions of sites either on the map or on the buildings, so you don't know what you're looking at. If interested in general information on Portsmouth, I would suggest looking into a guided tour instead.

Visited May 2012
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Clearwater, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“So Quaint”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

I just love all the sights and sounds.Their are still alot of historic buildings left and even some of the roads and sidewalks bring you back to a simpler time.

Visited May 2012
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Boston
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Not much there”
Reviewed December 8, 2011

Industrial harbor does not yield many impressive views.

Visited December 2011
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Westfield, MA
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great walk - lots of history.”
Reviewed December 4, 2011

Print the maps and the descriptions of the locations from the internet - the brochures with the longer descriptions are hard to find.

Visited December 2011
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