3. For History Buffs – Bristol, RI
Dubbed “America’s most patriotic town,” Bristol is perhaps best known for its Fourth of July festivities, which started in 1785. But this small coastal community of 23,000 is worthy of a weekend trip almost any time of year. Walk the glorious grounds of the Blithewold estate, built in the 1890s, afterward, take a guided tour of historic Linden Place and learn how the DeWolf family made and then squandered their wealth in the slave trade.