Manchester Travel Guide

  • THE MILLS ON COMMERCIAL STREET
    THE MILLS ON COMMERCIAL STREET
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  • THE OLD MAN ON THE MOUNTAIN
    THE OLD MAN ON THE MOUNTAIN
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  • MERRIMACK RIVER
    MERRIMACK RIVER
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Manchester Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great architecture, and savvy for NH 

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     But way too Cold ... 

  • In a nutshell
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     FLY INTO MANCHESTER FOR EASY ACCESS TO BOSTON OR MAINE. 

Manchester Things to Do

  • Victory Park Historic District

    The area around Victory Park is bracketed by historic edifices(indeed, the entire area is on the National Register, added 1996), and is a nice spot to sit down for a lunch break. The newest addition to the cityscape is the latest addition to the New Hampshire Institute of Art, festooned with rainbow flags and dominating the northwest corner - its...

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  • SEETHE OLD MILL DISTRICT

    DRIVE DOWN COMMERCIAL AVENUE BY THE MERRIMACK RIVER to see the great old industrial buildings, now used for business offices, a university, and the occasional restaurant.Please click the photo to see more!

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  • Mill History

    Good information can be found, especially at the Manchester Historic Association Millyard Museum, (also at Manchester Historical Society and Carpenter Memorial Library) but you have to know enough to know what to look for. Go to the exhibit in Lowell, MA first; the information is gathered into a more coherent whole there, and will give you a good...

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Manchester Hotels

Manchester Restaurants

  • Fantastic Mexican!

    On a drive from Ottawa to Boston, my boyfriend and I made a stop in Manchester, New Hampshire to find a place to eat dinner. We were both in the mood for some Mexican and after driving around for a while, we found Margarita's and decided to head in to see what was good. It had quite a great atmosphere, really bright and fun and the staff was very...

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  • GOOD SANDWICHES, SOUPS, SALADS

    COAST TO COAST, Panera Bread is our favorite place to eat. As they say, its not fast food, its good food fast. and they are right. Give it a try. They have a Turkey Artichoke sandwich that I always like.

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  • GOOD FOOD, GOOD PRICES

    THIS IS ESSENTIALLY A REPRODUCTION OF ONE OF THOSE OLD ALUMINUM DINERS. The menu is varied and gives you good value for your dollar. Waitresses are very nice and know their job.The Airport Inn is located almost directly across the street from the Super 8. However to safely walk there, go a short distance south to the stoplight and push the walk...

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Manchester Nightlife

  • Basic Pub & Grub

    This is the kinda place I look for, particularly when traveling alone. Nice big bar, some games playing, laid back vibe and chicken fingers.It's basic pub grub and was very quiet the day I popped in - all the better for me. However, being downtown and on Hanover, I'm sure it gets quite the crowd at night.Darts, billiards, a small dance...

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  • ELM STREET! ELM STREET!

    THE ONE SPOT IN MANCHESTER TO LIVE FOR A NIGHT.NO MATTER WHAT TYPE OF A PERSON YOU ARE. THERE IS ALLWAYS SOMETHING FOR YOU TO DO.LIVE JAZZ BAR, LIVE ROCK BARS, THEATER DANCE CLUBS, IRISH PUBS PLUS SPORT BARS.PLUS. A FULL SELECTION OF RESTURANTS.I WOULD ADVISE TO TRY ... GAUCHOS BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE!! OR.. LESS FORMALTHE BRIDGE CAFE.PLUS ALLWAYS A...

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  • Local Listings

    The "HippoPress" is a great local resource for club & restaurant listings. In fact, it's really the only local resource.

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Manchester Transportation

  • Manchester Airport - Great Alternative...

    If you are heading to New England, you may want to consider flying into Manchester's airport versus Logan in Boston. The Manchester Airport is smaller, newer, and has much less congestion than you will find at Logan. I've flown into both and if I were going to New Hampshire or North Central Mass, I would take Manchester over Logan just to skip the...

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  • Fantastic Intercity Bus Service

    (First off, don't be frightened by the pic...I arrived at that scene years ago in Boston and thought it was wild. Nobody was hurt). Bus Service between Manchester and points South is cheap, clean, and efficient. Concord Trailways runs hourly+ during peak hours, connecting Concord, Manchester and Boston(including Logan). From Boston, express buses...

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  • City Taxis

    Having lived in NYC for many years, I found Manchester taxi services to be outrageously expensive. I took a cab from downtown to the Bedford line, at Second St....and it was thirteen dollars. There are no alternatives, really. Local buses are near non-existent. But, I was aggravated. Most hotels offer complimentary transportation. Ask for it.

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Manchester Shopping

  • Tax free...but hiked prices!

    On our tour of New England we would be driving through New Hampshire, and as we had heard the state was a sales-tax-free one, we thought it might be a good place to get some video games we had been thinking about.We went to the Mall of New Hampshire, which was a nice mall. But we noticed that many of the prices were high compared to out-of-state...

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  • Local crafts and reasonable prices

    The Sampler is a quiet little shop just off Elm St. The store is simple and straightforward - almost dull - but the most desireable of local wares are carried, and priced right. The usual suspects are available: maple syrup, pancake mix, postcards, and the like. However, I found hard-to-come-by Salmon Falls napkin rings for my sister and my Mom's...

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  • Manchester Hotels

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Manchester Local Customs

  • Local Sled Hill

    Manchester owns a few unique properties within her borders. One - a ski area - is tucked into the side of a hill surrounded by swirling residential streets. The other, is Derryfield Country Club. The golf links are a premier hangout during the summer months but become a raucous sled/ski hill during the long Winter. Being city-owned, sledding the...

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  • Best Local Paper

    The "HippoPress" is Manchester's alternative weekly. It's youthful, hip, and playful. It has also successfully challenged "The Union Leader" for media control(The Union Leader is an infamous newspaper, known for arch-conservative views and bias). The Hippo is also great for nightlife and restaurant guidance.

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  • Manchester in the Fall

    Manchester is a great place to start a leef peeping journy. The locals call out of staters who come to enjoy the autum foliage " Leef Peepers"! New England is famous for it's fall scenery, and since Manchester in in southern NH, it is the last final frontier, before traveling to the scenic north country (White Mountains).

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Manchester Warnings and Dangers

  • Lock doors and stay off a few streets

    I moved to Manchester almost 30 years ago. We always left cars unlocked and home doors open and never had a problem. Within the last 2-3 years, Manchester has changed. We have become a small city of big crime, including murders, drugs, arson, etc. It is wise if you are traveling alone to watch and protect your personal belongings and stay off the...

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  • heavy, HEAVY snows.

    Visit Manchester during the Summer and you'll find parking meters level with your face. Visit during the Winter and you'll know why....Manchester receives roughly 70 inches of snow, per year; and some years, the snowbanks become so high that the city resorts to dumping snow into the Merrimack River. Though other northern cities receive more snow...

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  • 1936 Hurricane

    In the year 1936 there was siginificant damage to the city of manchester due to a Hurrican, then a flood, then rainfall, and finally the melting snow. This picture is of the Amoskeag bridge whichs was virtualy destroyed that year.

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Manchester Tourist Traps

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    by biljah Written Nov 20, 2004

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    If some one sends you to canal stree to view the beautiful canal, you will only see a street which replaces the canal, hence canal street. What a terrible decision it was to fill a canal to make a street.

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Manchester What to Pack

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    breeding grounds

    by gilescorey Written May 10, 2005

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Wow. Mosquitos and black flies in New Hampshire are thick. The beautiful green countryside hides armies of bloodsuckers. Definitely carry bug spray(or Avon Skin So Soft - local secret, keeps most bugs away). If you stay in central Manchester, the abundant pavement provides relief, but any forays outside Manchester at night will be thick with buzzing little predators.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Camping

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Manchester Off The Beaten Path

  • Fitts Museum, Candia

    The tiny Fitts Museum is housed in a 18th century Federalist-style home on Candia's old town center. The museum's hours are sporadic(seasonal and weekends only), but it has drawn new attention for it's Civil War exhibits(musket firings and all), and living history events. The old town center has been eclipsed in importance by the tacky "Four...

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  • Porches

    In Ireland one looks at doors for quaint variety. In Manchester (and northern NE in general), the variety of porches in the city can be a focus of a nice stroll. Try the areas north and east of Beech and Bridge St.

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  • Janesville

    Just east of Central High are several odd-angled streets which don’t fit the city grid well. This was the village of Janesville, where the Swedes lived in the early 1900’s. It used to extend farther west. There are still a few buildings shaped to fit the streets.

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Manchester Sports & Outdoors

  • Canoe on the Merrimack River

    Throughout New Hampshire and even in a city environment like Manchester where the Merrimack River flows through the city, there is kayaking or canoeing. Please wait until after the water calms down at the end of the Spring thaw though. Unless you're into the white water rafting!

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  • Ice Hockey is very popular in New...

    Manchester boasts the largest civic arena in the state, the 10,000 seat Verizon Wireless Arena, which hosts family events, concerts, expos, ice shows, and is home to the Manchester Monarchs hockey team, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

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Manchester Favorites

  • Not "Little Boston"

    The recent Manchester renaissance has brought a flood of comparisons and media attention. Many pundits to the South seize on the bricked sidewalks, rising rents, and numerous pubs as an indication that Manchester is becoming "Little Boston". The title is groundless. These two cities have very little in common, save geography. Manchester was a...

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  • Participate in an Event for a...

    Participate in an Event for a good cause! Check out the details in my travelogue called 'Walk for a Cause' ... The many friends I made while working and volunteering for the American Lung Association. Miss you guys! The American Lung Association of NH at9 Cedarwood Drive #12,Bedford NH, 03110,Fax to 603-645-6220 or get more information from...

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