Many would argue that the best time to visit Manchester is during the months of October and November, when the trees glow with shades of orange and red during the famed fall foliage season. The cold months of December, January and February cover most of the state in snow, making this the best time to find cheap flights to Manchester. June, July and August are another peak travel season for Manchester, as the weather is just right for enjoying local beaches and trails, but cheaper flights may be available during the shoulder season months of March and April.
As the oldest states in the U.S., New England states never fail to delight visitors with a brilliant combination of history, natural beauty and modern conveniences. New Hampshire, with its reputation for maple syrup, apple cider and stunning fall foliage, is no exception – nor is its largest city: Manchester.
The city got its start as a major player in the textile industry, with mills, warehouses and plants dominating the cityscape into the early 20th century. Today, remnants of Manchester’s manufacturing roots are still visible in the city’s skyline, where centuries-old brick buildings sit next to towering skyscrapers, a nod to Manchester’s recent move into new modern areas of industry, including finance and technology.
Visitors can explore Manchester’s past with a visit to The Millyard Museum, which traces the city’s past back 11,000 years to tell of the earliest inhabitants, the workers who built the city and the 21st-century persona that Manchester has since adopted. Another worthwhile stop is The Currier Museum of Art, where works by the likes of Matisse, Monet, Picasso and O’Keeffe are on display.
Even those who generally loathe shopping may want to reconsider while in Manchester, as the state of New Hampshire is one of the rare places in the U.S. where no sales tax is charged. The Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester is the third largest in the state and offers plenty of opportunity to make the most out of a sales tax-free trip.
Cuisines from around the world are well represented in Manchester, and after dinner, the lively energy of Elm Street’s bars are an inviting way to end a night in the city.
Buses are available throughout Manchester, though they usually stop running fairly early in the evening. It is also possible to walk between some attractions, but it is easiest to get around by hiring a car. Taxis can also be arranged by phone but are typically a very expensive option.
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) is about six miles south of the city centre, and passengers can take express buses into Manchester. Taxis are also available, and passengers can easily arrange for a hire car at the airport.