Total Mileage/Average drive time
57 miles, 1 hour, 19 minutes
On your trip through the "Live Free or Die State," go for city walks in Portsmouth, take a step back to the American Revolution in Exeter, see Robert Frost's poetic farm in Derry, and explore a radical mix of museums in Manchester and Concord
1. Portsmouth - Starting Point
You really should walk your way around Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Explore historic buildings, the waterfront district and the bustling Market Square on a guided pedestrian tour of the city's Harbor Trail. Enjoy a bowl of chowder, then amble through the flower gardens at Prescott Park. On the city's South End, stroll around Peirce Island for excellent views of the Piscataqua River and the Naval Shipyard. See the prototype for present-day submarines at the the USS Albacore Museum, learn how early New Englanders lived and worked at Strawbery Banke Museum, and visit museums and galleries devoted to John Paul Jones, Portsmouth history and local art.
2. Exeter - 17 miles, 23 minutes
Established in 1638, Exeter was the home of the State Treasury during Revolutionary War times. You can tour the treasury site today at the Ladd-Gilman House on the American Independence Museum campus. During Exeter's Revolutionary War Festival each summer, set foot in a recreated militia encampment and observe believable war re-enactments that will transport you back to a former time and place.
3. Derry - 28 miles, 39 minutes
In Derry, visit the New England-style clapboard farmhouse where poet Robert Frost lived during the early 1900s. The home and surroundings are credited with providing inspiration for much of Frost's poetry. You can take a tour, eat a picnic lunch or walk along the nature-poetry trail at this National Historic Landmark. While you're in town, plan to take in a concert, play, dance recital or fine arts show at the historic Derry Memorial Opera House. In nearby Salem, check out America's Stonehenge, a mysterious maze of stone chambers and hallways made centuries ago.
4. Manchester - 13 miles, 17 minutes
At the Currier Museum of Art, view artwork by masters like Monet, Picasso, Wyeth and O'Keefe, and make reservations for a tour of the Zimmerman House—an architectural design by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Millyard Museum focuses on 11,000 years in the lives of Manchester's residents, including the native people who fished at Amoskeag Falls, as well as farmers, lumbermen and manufacturers who followed. Next up at the Milford site, visit the SEE Science Center, where interactive learning opportunities in science, math and technology engage all age groups. Following your museum encounters, spring for fresh air and sunshine while boating or fishing on Lake Massabesic or kayaking on the Merrimac River.
Friendly Beaver Campground
New Boston, (603) 487-5570