Looking for adventure in Portsmouth?  We took a Toyota RAV4 AWD Adventure in the new Lunar Rock color to some very popular stops around town that offer so much to see and do.  Follow us here, then stop in to Toyota of Portsmouth and try out the all-new RAV4, New England's best selling SUV.

Pierce Island Boat Launch

 

Portsmouth Memorial Bridge

     


    





Three bridges connect Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Kittery, Maine over the Piscataqua River.  One of the most photographed is the Memorial Bridge at Prescott Park.  It's one of our favorite places too.  While enjoying a summer sea breeze you can take in magnificent views of the bridge, Four Tree Island, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.  We also have the RAV4 Adventure with the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in the background which crosses just up the river. 

Market Street Salt Piles at the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

 
 





     


Visitors are always amazed at the unusual site in downtown Portsmouth.  But Portsmouth is a working port and the salt piles provide salt for New England roads in winter and a one of a kind view for those enjoying a meal across the street at the 250 Market inside the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel.  Before winter up to 35,000 tons is unloaded from ships that journeyed from Peru or Chile.

On this day we also parked right across the parking lot from the salt piles at the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company.  Just before Memorial Day things are quiet, but during the summer cruise season, thousands of visitors will enjoy narrated river, harbor and island cruises.  

USS Albacore Museum

  







Where can you find a submarine on land?  In Portsmouth at the USS Albacore Museum.  Now a National Historic Landmark.  It is open to the public for self guided tours. The USS Albacore is a research submarine that was designed by the U.S. Navy to test experimental features used in modern submarines. The Albacore is much like today's RAV4 Hybrid as it ran under diesel engine power and batteries. Today the Albacore has been preserved and opened to the public.   USS Albacore 

Goat Island Saltwater Fishing Access 

 







On Route 1B on your way to Newcastle you'll cross Goat Island, home to the Kittery Point Yacht Club.  The view from here is that of many small unnamed islands and Pest Island in the distance.  To the north you'll see Henderson Point  in Kittery across the Piscataqua River , which is also the state line between New Hampshire and Maine.

Portsmouth/Newcastle Town Line 

  







On this day we took Route 1B over Goat Island and at the town line stopped for some great views.  From here you can see Pest Island and Leachs Island to the south.  Then looking to the north across the Piscataqua River you can see the former Portsmouth Naval Prison and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.  The prison was closed in 1974.  Its unique look is that of a castle, but has been called "The Alcatraz of the East" by some.  (Wikipedia)

Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth

  
                      





The 182-acre Urban Forestry Center on Elwyn Road in Portsmouth offers a series of self-guided trails for walking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.  It is a great place to take the kids to learn more about the outdoors or you can enjoy the trails on your own and the peace and solitude of a walk in the woods just minutes from downtown Portsmouth.

From the Urban Forestry web site:  The Tree Identification Trail is a self-guided walk that leads visitors through the Center's Mixed Deciduous Forest, Northern Hardwood Forest, Saltmarsh Wetland, Red Pine Plantation, and Blue Spruce Plantation.  The Goodwin Trail is a two-mile (round-trip) trail which takes visitors through a scenic woodland setting, where native wildflowers, birds, and animals can be seen.

Where's Your Next Adventure?

What's your hometown?  Dover, Rochester, Barrington, Durham, Exeter, Hampton, Seabrook, North Hampton, Somersworth, Raymond, Newington, Epping, Stratham, Greenland?  What points of interest could you visit in your hometown in the RAV4?  Let us know and you may see us.

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