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Manchester is the biggest city in the green, scenic state of New Hampshire on America’s east coast. It’s often ranked as one of the best and most affordable places to live in the US, and is also a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car such as Concord,Portsmouth and Nashua.
If you’re arriving via Manchester Airport then it’s an 11-mile drive by rental car to Manchester. En route you could stop off at the shores of Massabesic Lake, an attractive 2,560-acre body of water.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Dollar, Thrifty and Budget. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and zero excess collision cover.
As well as its beautiful lakefront area, Manchester has a variety of interesting visitor attractions, including the Currier Museum of Art, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House and the family-friendly SEE Science Center. The Northeast Delta Dental Stadium hosts baseball games and music events.
Pawtuckaway State Park, a 5,000-acre nature preserve in northeastern New Hampshire, is a 21-mile drive away. The park includes the Pawtuckaway Mountains and Pawtuckaway Lake, which has a large family beach on its shore. There you can explore one of the various walking trails or visit the wildlife-rich marsh area to spot beavers, deer and blue heron. There’s also a unique geological site filled with glacial boulders that have been there since the Ice Age.
Concord, the historic capital of New Hampshire, is a 46-mile drive from Manchester by rental car. Based in Merrimack County, 18th century Concord is a small, peaceful city with a number of interesting architectural features. It’s also the home of the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Historic Concord and its surrounding area have a number of interesting attractions to visit by hire car, including the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, an air and space science museum with a planetarium and interactive exhibits, the gold-domed, early 19th century New Hampshire State House, pretty Eagle Square with its striking clock and Penacook Lake, a 362-acre body of water near the city that includes an amusement park.
With its mountains, valleys, lakes and forests, New Hampshire is stunning to explore by rental car. The US is right-hand drive and remember to keep an eye on your mirror, as drivers don’t always indicate a direction change. Every state has different driving laws, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the New Hampshire ones before your visit.
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