Road Trip to Portsmouth, NH from Philadelphia

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Imagine leaving the vibrant cityscape of Philadelphia behind and diving into the coastal tranquility of a lesser-known New England gem. Welcome to Portsmouth, New Hampshire! A lovely coastal town with history, perfect for your group trip out of Philadelphia. Plan your road trip to Portsmouth, NH with a 12 passenger van rental in Philadelphia from Greenvans.

At Greenvans, we’re here to make that journey a memorable experience. Book your 15 or 12 passenger van rental in Philadelphia and set off on an adventure to the New Hampshire Seacoast.

Packing for Your Portsmouth Adventure

Nothing says summer like a New England road trip.

As you prepare for this coastal journey, remember to pack light, but with purpose. Bring beachwear, a camera for New Hampshire’s beautiful landscapes, and an adventurous spirit! Rent a 12-passenger van in Philadelphia from Greenvans for your family and luggage. You’ll have more than enough room for everyone!

Check out what our Transit rental vans look like here. Keep in mind that Greenvans only rents 15 passenger Ford Transit medium roof vans. Our vans have the ability to be configured into 8 passenger vans, 11 passenger vans, or 12 passenger vans.

Just let us know how many people you are traveling with and how much space you need. We’ll help you configure the right vehicle for your trip!

Ford 15 Passenger Medium Roof Transit 350 XLT for rent with Greenvans.

On the Road: Philadelphia to Portsmouth

Starting in Philadelphia, your trip through the Northeast’s rolling landscapes is as exciting as the final stop. As the urban bustle fades in the rearview mirror, the excitement of discovering Portsmouth’s serene coastline grows.

Uncovering the Charm of Portsmouth

Nestled along New Hampshire’s short, but scenic coastline, Portsmouth offers a blend of old-world charm and natural beauty. This captivating harbor town provides the perfect setting for exploration and relaxation.

Historic Heart: At the center of Portsmouth, the vibrant Market Square brims with historic buildings, unique shops, and bustling cafes. A leisurely stroll around the area promises an enriching journey through time.

Seaside Serenity: From pebbly shores to sandy stretches, Portsmouth’s beaches are a beachgoer’s dream. Whether it’s sunbathing at Wallis Sands State Beach or a family picnic at Hampton Beach, the town offers countless seaside experiences.

Maritime Marvels: Take a guided tour of the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, an iconic symbol of the town’s rich maritime past. For naval history enthusiasts, the Albacore Museum, showcasing a retired U.S. Navy submarine, is a must-visit.

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Dining in Portsmouth

After a day of exploration, settle down to savor Portsmouth’s culinary offerings.


  1. The Franklin Oyster House: Known for its fresh, locally-sourced oysters, this establishment offers a modern twist on classic seafood dishes.
  2. Moxy: Celebrating New England’s culinary traditions with a creative flair, this local favorite promises a dining experience to remember.

Exploring Beyond the Town

Venture beyond Portsmouth’s town center to discover a world of coastal wonders and culinary delights.

Historic Houses: A guided tour of the Strawbery Banke Museum, an outdoor history museum, introduces you to centuries-old homes showcasing different eras of Portsmouth’s past.

Prescott Park: This waterfront park offers scenic views of the Piscataqua River, beautiful flower gardens, and outdoor performances during the summer months.

Brewery Tours: For craft beer enthusiasts, a tour of the local breweries, like Portsmouth Brewery or Smuttynose Brewing Company, offers an insightful (and delicious!) journey through New Hampshire’s craft beer scene.

New Castle: Just a short drive away, the town of New Castle, the smallest and easternmosttown in New Hampshire, invites exploration. Here, you can visit the historic Fort Constitution and enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Isles of Shoals: Take a boat tour to these small, beautiful islands off the coast of Portsmouth. Not only are they stunning, but they’re also full of history.

Wrapping Up Your Portsmouth Adventure

Your time in Portsmouth will surely leave an indelible impression on you and your group. The charming town’s coastal allure, coupled with a journey filled with laughter, shared stories, and scenic landscapes, makes this trip a memorable one.

As your time in Portsmouth ends, you will have lots of beautiful pictures and happy memories in your heart. You are getting ready to drive back to Philadelphia in your 12 passenger van rental from Greenvans.

At Greenvans, we believe that the journey is just as important as the destination. We’re here to make sure your road trip is filled with comfort, camaraderie, and convenience. Gather your group, rent that passenger van, and get ready to embark on your New England coastal adventure. Portsmouth is waiting!


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