Portsmouth, New Hampshire
That a historic town is well-preserved is a common claim, but Portsmouth adds a little spice to its legacy. In the months
when the beach is only good for a short walk, 12 indie theaters downtown, six art galleries, and an annual film festival keep
Unlike Nantucket and Cape Cod further south, Portsmouth has predominantly full-time residents (about 20,000), which gives the downtown a year-round bustling energy. Citywide projects including Green Card—which offers discounts at 83 local businesses in the Green Alliance—have helped make Portsmouth one of the most sustainable towns in the country.