Manchester is the largest city of the state of New Hampshire, a busy urban centre in the quiet of New England, which offers visitors exposure to the state's history, arts scene, and business sector.
While not a hugely popular tourist destination, those passing through the city will surely appreciate what it has to offer. Presenting visitors many landmarks to explore, Manchester is a great space for lovers of the arts. The historic Palace Theatre, the Currier Museum of Art, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and the Franco-American Center are just some of very many cultural offerrings worth exploring. There are also several art galleries and museums such as the Millyard Museum which tracks the history of Manchester back in time 11,000 years.
For those interested in shopping, a stroll around downtown Manchester will be rewarding. The three main retail areas are downtown Manchester, South Willow Street, and Second Street on the West Side of the city. For something a little different, visitors can head to the nearby town of Merrimack and visit the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Here visitors can taste seasonal beers and check out the famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses.
Formerly a textile mill town, Manchester has reinvented itself over the last few decades and is now a city considered to be a space of thriving entrepreneurship, education, and hospitality.
Manchester has a humid continental climate. Summers, from June to August, are hot and humid, while winters, from December to January, are cold and snowy. Precipitation is experienced throughout the year; there is no specific rainy season, although October is the wettest month. July is usually the hottest month with high temperatures averaging 72.5°F (22.5°C), and January is normally the coldest month, with highs reaching only 24.4°F (-4.2°C) and minimum temperatures dropping as low as 16°F (-9°C). The best time to travel to Manchester and New Hampshire depends on the reasons for visiting, in the summer months the weather is at its most pleasant, but for travellers wanting to experience the change of seasons, autumn's dramatic changes make for a beautiful backdrop, and the winters are a good time to visit for skiing.
Public transport in Manchester is provided by the Manchester Transit Authority. Buses operate along set routes around the city from 5.30am to 7.30pm Monday to Friday, and from 9.30am to 6pm on Saturdays, but there is no bus service on Sundays. Buses stop to pick up passengers at designated bus stops, but it's also possible to flag the bus down anywhere along its route and it will stop when safe to do so. There are several cab companies operating in Manchester and it's easy to arrange a taxi, either by hailing one off the street or ordering ahead via the telephone. Car rental agencies are located at the airport and in the city. The roads are well-maintained and there are a number of off-street parking garages in downtown Manchester, which make hiring a car a good option for those wanting to explore Manchester and the wider region.Traveling downtown on foot is possible with most of the sites in walking distance.