This riverside, coastal city bordering Maine is regularly listed as one of the best places to live in the U.S.. Great for families or a relaxed country escape, travelers can explore historic museums like the Strawberry Banke or sip brews at Smuttynose.

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Top Portsmouth restaurants

  • The Friendly Toast
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    American, Breakfast & Brunch, Diners
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  • Portsmouth Brewery
    8.016 reviews
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    American, Pubs, Brewery
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  • Flatbread Company
    9.311 reviews
    ££££
    American, Pizza
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  • Surf Restaurant
    8.88 reviews
    ££££
    Seafood, Sushi, Bar
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Portsmouth reviews

  • 9.8
    Family Travellers
  • 9.1
    Art & Design Lovers
  • 8.6
    Foodies
  • 8.5
    History Buffs
  • 6.4
    Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Tempe

Market Street is a little touristy with lots of locals. Very busy during the summer months. Privately owned businesses with lots of charm. Breeze off the water making for nice strolling weather.

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Amazing small city -- great shopping, galleries, restaurants etc. Spend an afternoon walking around here.

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Brooklyn

It's a city by the water with the friendliest people I've ever met on the East Coast. It's also super dog friendly- every boutique allowed me to bring my dog in to explore. There is no shortage of smiles, small, historical buildings and greenery to satisfy everyone. If you like the small town feel, then you will love it here!

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Higganum

Portsmouth is a beautiful port city with a lot to do around it. There are an assortment of bars, restaurants, and stores to suit anyone's needs. Highly recommend giving this town a visit. While some may not like this, I love some of the graffiti art hidden around. If you explore enough you just might find some that speaks to you.

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San Francisco

This place is like Star Hollow! :-) So quaint and dainty during the holidays, and a quick road trip from Boston!

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40 min south. Great great city and great food. Go down to the docks to eat. On the river. Music venues theatre just a fun city. Google it.

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St. Petersburg

What a great town to visit. Lots to do, museums, restaurants, shops and tons of architecture. This is definitely a place to spend at least a day or two. Charming waterfront park too.

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Bedford

Portsmouth is a great seacoast city with a vibrant night life, great restaurants and lots of boutique shopping.

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New York City

Like so many New England towns, Portsmouth is awash in early American history. At Strawbery Banke Museum—a 10-acre outdoor museum—you can take in the fall color as you roam the waterfront district and its restored homes built in the mid-1600s. By car, watch the foliage as you drive down the 18-mile scenic Coastal Byway. Or leave the driving to the captain on a 2.5-hour inland river cruise highlighting foliage and local lore.

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Santa Clara

A small, quaint town in New Hampshire, Portsmouth captures the best of New England. It's along the coast, has lots of cool independent boutiques and book shops, and is nice to walk around as a day trip.

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