The Seacoast: Places to Explore

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  • Dover

    Dover Point was settled in 1623 by fishermen who worked Great Bay. By the end of the century, the town center had moved inland to its present location. The falls on the Cocheco River made Dover a prolific... Read more

  • Durham

    Settled in 1635 and the home of General John Sullivan, a Revolutionary War hero and three-time New Hampshire governor, Durham was where Sullivan and his band of rebel patriots stored the gunpowder they... Read more

  • Exeter

    In the center of Exeter, contemporary shops mix well with the esteemed Phillips Exeter Academy, which opened in 1783. During the Revolutionary War, Exeter was the state capital, and it was here amid intense... Read more

  • Hampton Beach

    Hampton Beach, from Route 27 to where Route 1A crosses the causeway, is an authentic seaside amusement center—the domain of fried-dough stands, loud music, arcade games, palm readers, parasailing, and... Read more

  • Portsmouth

    Settled in 1623 as Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth became a prosperous port before the Revolutionary War, and, like similarly wealthy Newport, Rhode Island, it harbored many Tory sympathizers throughout the... Read more

  • Rye

    On Route 1A as it winds south through Rye you'll pass a group of late-19th- and early-20th-century mansions known as Millionaires' Row. Because of the way the road curves, the drive south along this route... Read more

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