The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Portsmouth to its list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, calling the city “one of the most culturally rich destinations in the country” with a “stimulating mix of historic buildings, sidewalk cafes, great restaurants, art galleries, jazz clubs and distinctive artisans’ boutiques.” “Originally a working seaport where merchant ships traveled up and down the Piscataqua River, it is still a working port, where tugboats can be seen escorting ships through the treacherous currents of this tidal river.” – Portsmouth Historical Society