Manchester, NH

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A landmark Frank Lloyd Wright home, world-renowned performance centers and a unique industrial history await visitors to New Hampshire’s largest city.

Manchester was one of the region's leading industrial hubs in the 19th century. Now it is New Hampshire's largest city and offers an appealing blend of culture, outdoor activities and classic New England charm.

Historic textile mills and factories from the city's industrial past command today’s skyline. Stroll through the Millyard Museum to learn about 11,000 years of regional history. Upstairs, visit the SEE Science Center with hands-on activities and interactive exhibits for the whole family. Admire the LEGO® Millyard Project, a 3-million-piece scale LEGO® model of the city’s historic Amoskeag Mill complex. Outside, walk along the banks of the Merrimack River, which runs through the center of Manchester.

Explore centuries of American and European sculptures, paintings and ceramics at the Currier Museum of Art. Travel 2 miles (3 kilometers) north to the Zimmerman House, the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in New England that is open to the public. Take a guided tour to explore the architecture and grounds of this unique landmark.

Head downtown for tax-free shopping. Watch a show at the Palace Theatre, where renowned performers take to the stage in a historic setting. The Verizon Wireless Arena draws popular musicians and is also home to the Manchester Monarchs hockey team. Grab a spot in the 11,000-seat civic center and settle back for an evening of entertainment.

Spend a day along the banks of Lake Massabesic, an outdoor recreation area less than 5 miles (8 kilometers) from downtown. Walk along trails bordering the waterfront or enjoy fishing or kayaking on the lake. In winter, ski at Mount McIntyre right in the downtown area.

Drive an hour east to New Hampshire’s coast for swimming or sunbathing on the Atlantic Ocean shores. While in New England, enjoy local specialties of lobster and other fresh seafood.

Manchester is 52 miles (83.7 kilometers) from Boston. Visit during autumn to experience the peak of New England’s renowned colorful foliage. Enjoy the picturesque location and unique cultural attractions in this charming city.

Where to stay in Manchester

Best Western Plus Executive Court Inn & Conference Center
Best Western Plus Executive Court Inn & Conference Center
3 out of 5
13500 S Willow St, Manchester, NH, 03103
The price is $128 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Manchester. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,006 reviews)
"The Location was easy to find, front desk was friendly and the property was quiet, clean and peaceful. what I did'nt like about my stay it was too short."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Best Western Plus Executive Court Inn & Conference Center
DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown
DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown
4 out of 5
700 Elm St., Manchester, NH, 03101
The price is $150 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Manchester. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (790 reviews)
"Parking is 14.00 per night in the garage. But it’s very convenient and safe. Very friendly front desk staff!!"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown
Tru by Hilton Manchester Downtown
Tru by Hilton Manchester Downtown
2.5 out of 5
135 Spring Street, Manchester, NH, 03101
The price is $132 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Manchester. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (267 reviews)
"Yes"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Tru by Hilton Manchester Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Modern downtown apartment w/coffee & tea station
Modern downtown apartment w/coffee & tea station
Manchester, NH
The price is $68 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Manchester. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Southern New Hampshire University Arena ...
4/5 Very Good! (24 reviews)
Decent and Adequate
"The property was clean and outfitted with the essentials. The neighborhood was so-so and the yard was overgrown, but the apartment fitted our needs for this stay. The Vrbo entry instructions gave us the wrong key pad number, but when I texted the owner they were responsive within just a few minutes ..."

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2022

Modern downtown apartment w/coffee & tea station
Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
3 out of 5
11 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA, 01803
The price is $143 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Burlington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,012 reviews)
Ideal stay
"This is an excellent hotel. In a very quiet place with nothing really around it. And the room was fantastic. A king master room (private) with a sitting area with a couch, kitchen, and then a 2nd room with two queens. Ideal for our family!"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
HYATT house Boston/Burlington
HYATT house Boston/Burlington
3 out of 5
2 Van De Graaff Dr, Burlington, MA, 01803
The price is $199 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Burlington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (2,040 reviews)
"Great hotel. Front desk service was awesome-Christine was very helpful with any questions we had. We will definitely pick this hotel for any future stays in Burlington."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

HYATT house Boston/Burlington
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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