"How's the New Hampshire music scene?" you ask? We challenge you to find another small city in America the size of Portsmouth (population: 21,233) that can make this claim: Live music every night! And that's just a warm-up. Whatever your tastes in music, it's easy to add a live soundtrack to your days in New Hampshire.

From April through November, the landmark Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach is New Hampshire's hottest hangout for music fans, with an eclectic calendar of performances by top acts that fans travel to see. Hampton Beach hosts nightly free outdoor concerts in the summer months, too. And memorable nights under the stars with legendary artists like James Taylor are a Lakes Region summer tradition at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook in Gilford. Couples love Sunset Dinner Dance Cruises on Lake Winnipesaukee aboard the M/S Mount Washington spring through fall; it's all the fun of a wedding with a live band, without the obligation to bring a gift!

The Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester is the largest concert venue in New Hampshire, but don't overlook more intimate music venues, either, including Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, The Flying Monkey in Plymouth, Portsmouth's historic Music Hall, and Concord's Capitol Center for the Arts. Music is on stage at festivals in New Hampshire, too, and you'll stumble upon up-and-coming artists playing at local coffeehouses, restaurants, and pubs throughout your stay.