Manchester, New Hampshire is straddled between two worlds.
By car, it’s only 90 minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Boston, the capital of the New England region. But if you’re looking to explore those famous White Mountains of New Hampshire, all you have to do is head north, another 90 minutes and you’ll be in the middle of pristine woods.
For many, Manchester is an ideal jumping-off point for a vacation. But before you venture too far from this small city, realize there are plenty of things to do and see here also.
In this post, we’re going to give you a quick guide to Manchester and highlight some of our favorite things to check out while you’re there.
Currier Museum of Art
For a smaller city, Manchester has an excellent museum in the Currier Museum of Art. It was first founded by a former governor of the state to help promote culture. Today, you can wander the halls and find works by Money and Picasso, among others.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
For something a little bit louder, check out the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It’s home to the largest raceway in New England and hosts NASCAR racing, among other events, yearly. It also hosts the Loudon Classic, a world-famous motorcycle race.
McIntyre Ski Area
While much of New England’s best skiing is found further north, if you’re in Manchester during the winter and want to hit the slopes for a few quick runs, you can. Head to the McIntyre Ski Area. Visitors and locals have been skiing, snowboarding, and tubing there for decades.
The Palace Theater is another Manchester institution. This restored historic theater features live events from off-Broadway productions to comedy shows and musical performances. While there, be sure to admire the beautiful architecture and design of a building over 100 years old.
Manchester Historic Association
Manchester is a city that’s been around for hundreds of years. And it’s seen a lot during that time frame. You can learn more about the history of New Hampshire and take a few walking tours, including the Millyard Museum, through the Manchester Historic Asociation.
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Tucked away in a wooded area, you’ll find the Zimmerman House. This is one of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s projects to try to ‘liven up’ the boring design of standard New England style homes. If you love checking out the architecture, be sure to coordinate tour times.
Mall of New Hampshire
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You might want to get a bit of shopping in during your trip to Manchester. If that’s the case, head to the Mall of New Hampshire. It’s often a popular spot for people visiting out of town who want to take advantage of New Hampshire’s lack of sales tax.
If you’re spending a day or two in Manchester, this list is the perfect place to start your exploration. Once you spend any time in this city, there’s no doubt you’ll be interested in venturing back to the area soon!