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Nashua, NH (Population: 175,000)

Located 45 minutes from Boston, along Route 3, Nashua has been called “The Gate City.” The city is the second largest in New Hampshire and is the nexus of a dynamic region of more than 175,000 people. Nashua is blessed with urban amenities as well as the quality of life and charm of traditional New England. The city's proximity to Boston, the coast, and the White Mountains makes it attractive as a place to live and as a New England growth center. Money magazine has named Nashua one of the 100 “Best Places to Live in America.” Nashua is the only city in the entire country that has received this honor twice.

Residents and visitors of Nashua have an abundance of activities and resources at their disposal. Downtown Nashua is a regional commercial, entertainment, and dining destination. Some great activities to do in downtown Nashua include a trip to historic Holman Stadium for a Pride baseball game, dinner in one of the city's award-winning restaurants, a visit to the Farmer's Market, shopping at fabulous retail stores, browsing art galleries that showcase local artisans, strolling along the Riverwalk that lines the banks of the Nashua River, listening to live jazz or Irish folk music and one of the pubs or bars, and learning about the early industrial area at the Nashua Historical Society Museum.

Downtown Nashua also hosts an array of signature events. Don't miss the Taste of Downtown Nashua in June, the Great American Ghost Town in October, and the Winter Holiday Stroll in November. Every spring and fall, locals and visitors look forward to Art Walk Nashua, a self-guided tour of the studios and galleries in downtown and in the Millyard. Many of the studios offer painting, ceramics, and jewelry-making classes. There are also several annual parades in Nashua, including the Memorial and Veteran's Day parades. The plethora of activities in Nashua certainly merits several visits to the city.