The picturesque and history-filled Isles of Shoals, six miles off the New Hampshire coast, are a popular day trip.
The Memorial Bridge, originally built in 1923 and replaced in 2011-13, spans the Piscataqua River and connects New Hampshire and Maine. The project won numerous national and regional design and engineering awards.
Tugboats operated by Moran Towing Company dock at the heart of Portsmouth's waterfront and often are identified with the city.
North Church, constructed in 1854 to replace a meeting house built in 1713, dominates the eastern side of Market Square and can be seen from almost anywhere in the city.
Picturesque and accessible Cape Neddick Lighthouse (The Nubble) in York Beach, Maine, draws thousands of visitors each year.
The 48-foot tower of Portsmouth Harbor Light, built in 1877, overlooks the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor from historic Fort Constitution and the U.S. Coast Guard Station. The lighthouse is open for tours in summer.
The mysterious and massive building across the river from Portsmouth is former U.S. Navy prison, abandoned since the 1970s.
Portsmouth's 10-acre waterfront park with flower gardens and a summer arts festival.
Strawbery Banke Museum illustrates the lives of historic New Englander with restored homes from four centuries and working artisans.
The Hill, a collection of homes saved from the wrecker's ball in the early '60s, now is an office park and home to the Blue Mermaid restaurant.
One of the East Coast's grand hotels, Wentworth by the Sea reopened as a Marriott hotel in 2003 after a 20-year hiatus.
Fifty-foot high Whaleback Light sits in the middle of the Piscataqua River, at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor.
Originally constructed in 1859, White Island Light stands atop the southernmost island in the Isles of Shoals.