Manchester (New Hampshire)

Manchester is in New Hampshire, USA. The state's largest city has enjoyed a renaissance over the past several years. Once home to the largest textiles facility in the world, the area has a vibrant and largely service-oriented economy. It is home to several educational institutions, including Southern New Hampshire University and St. Anselm College.

Understand

Climate

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°F) 33 37 45 58 69 78 82 81 73 61 50 38
Nightly lows (°F) 16 19 27 37 48 57 63 61 53 41 33 23
Precipitation (in) 3.0 2.8 4.3 3.9 4.1 3.8 3.8 3.6 3.8 4.2 4.1 3.3

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in

By air

Travelers at the airport will find it a convenient and easy to navigate facility. There are two security checkpoints, one on the second level in the center of the terminal, and one on the west end's ground floor, to the "right" of the airline ticket counters. Use the ground floor checkpoint if the center terminal one is busy; they both go to the same place, and the walk between the two is short.

Smokers will find -- to their joy -- that there are two smoking rooms in the airport, one on the ground floor by the main baggage claim area, and one behind the security checkpoint. However, the future status of these rooms is uncertain, and they may soon be supplanted. One can smoke outdoors with no trouble.

You can take the number 3 MTA bus from the airport to the city Monday through Friday. The buses run between 5:25 - 9:25AM and between 1:25PM and 7:25PM.

By bus

By car

The city is located right on Interstate 93, and Route 3. To reach downtown from Boston, take I-93 to its junction with I-293, then take I-293 until you reach Exit 5 (Granite Street).

Get around

Renting a car, which may be done at the airport, and walking are the easiest ways to get around Manchester. Bus service and taxis are also available, although bus service is relatively limited and taxis can be expensive. Renting a car, or knowing a local who has one, will make your life considerably easier.

On foot: Downtown (Elm St.) has become more walkable as of late, much of the sites are within walking distance.

See

Sports

Manchester is home to a handful of minor-league sports teams, all of which enjoy considerable support from local fans. The two most popular include the Eastern League's New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA baseball affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) and the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs (top affiliate of the 2012 Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings). Additionally, the New Hampshire Phantoms, a soccer team in the USL's Premier Development League (the fourth level in the American league pyramid), play in town.

The Fisher Cats' season runs from spring to summer. The team has captured two Eastern League championships (in their inaugural season of 2004 and also in 2011). The Monarchs start play in late fall and run through early spring. The Monarchs have won two division titles (2004–05, 2006–07) since beginning play in 2001 and maintain numerous local AHL rivals, including the Portland Pirates, Providence Bruins, Connecticut Whale, and Worcester Sharks.

Do

Buy

As with the rest of New Hampshire, there is no sales tax.

South Manchester is home to many large chains and the Mall of New Hampshire. The area is collectively referred to as South Willow Street after the name of the main road. Downtown (on and near Elm Street) offers many smaller shops.

Eat

For a city of its size, Manchester has surprisingly good restaurants, including some devoted to cuisines one would have trouble finding in larger cities. State law prohibits smoking in restaurants and bars.

Drink

Manchester has a vibrant nightlife scene, particularly along Elm Street downtown and surrounding streets. Note that "last call" in Manchester comes early by American standards: about 12:45AM, with bars in the city closing around 1AM

Sleep

Hotels

Most travelers will find themselves staying in two-diamond or three-diamond (AAA) properties, with rates generally in the $75 to $150 per night range. Some properties may be slightly cheaper, although one tends to get what one pays for. The majority of Manchester's hotel stock is in the two- to three-diamond range, although business travelers with expense accounts should consider the Bedford Village Inn, an excellent inn in suburban Bedford, N.H.

Travelers with business downtown might consider the Hilton Garden Inn, immediately adjacent to the city's baseball stadium (rooms overlook the park, and home runs occasionally bounce off the hotel), or the Radisson Hotel Manchester, a popular place to hold conferences and meetings. (The Radisson is co-located with the Center of New Hampshire convention center).

Bed and Breakfast

Stay safe

Compared to American cities of its size, Manchester has an extremely low crime rate. Violent crime and property crime is rare, and even at night, visitors should feel safe in pretty much every area of the city.

Although crime is not a problem in the city, one should not take leave of one's common sense either. The downtown area is largely safe at all hours, although there are areas of the center city and the West Side where traveling alone, on foot, at night might be inadvisable. Female visitors should take all customary precautions.

Manchester's main police station is located at 405 Valley Street, their phone number (603) 668-8711. For up-to-date information on police matters, visit the Manchester Police Department's Web site.

Go next

Particularly in early fall, a trip to the White Mountains for foliage viewing is rewarding. Boston, Vermont and the Southern Maine Coast are not too far.

A trip down State Route 101 heading west will bring you to many of the type of small towns that NH and New England are famous for including Amherst, Milford, Wilton, and Peterborough. Past Wilton, the road becomes more windy and scenic but is still a major east-west thoroughfare. The route ends in Keene about an hour away.

Routes through Manchester

Concord Hooksett  N  S  Londonderry Boston
Concord Hooksett  N  S  Merrimack Nashua
Milford Bedford  W  E  Epping Exeter
Concord Hooksett  N  S  Merrimack Lowell


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