Providence, Rhode Island
Think of Providence as a smaller, cheaper version of Boston. Both are state capitals and home to Ivy League universities. Both abound in Colonial American architecture, antiques, bookstores, coffeehouses and boutiques. And both are within a short driving distance to ocean beaches. Plus, Providence is only 35 miles away from Newport, the epitome of Gilded Age giltz and glam. Go even easier on your wallet and visit in January, February, March or November.