Pedestrian-friendly streets and amazing architecture make this city a perfect place to stroll aimlessly. Between the world-class museums -- the Barnes Foundation is a must-see -- the gorgeous parks, peaceful walking trails, rockin’ live-music scene, and excellent food and drink, you will have a blast (even on a tight budget).The state’s access to the freshest seafood and local produce makes the culinary offerings second to none, and there is always something happening, from hockey games at the Dunkin' Donuts Center to art gallery openings and exhibits. In fact, with a little insider knowledge, you can find all kind of fun on the cheap.
Weekend highlights: It’s South Dakota, so maybe going in February isn’t really the move.
But in the summer, you can have a great weekend there for a fraction of what you would spend in a larger town, and the walkability, cleanliness, and proximity to wilderness (Palisades State Park is only about 30 minutes away) make it a great city to try for a few days.
Weekend highlights: The academic and artistic talents of Providence’s community run deep, largely due to the presence of an outstanding art school (RISD), an Ivy League university (Brown), and one of the nation’s top culinary schools (Johnson & Wales). Or, head to Rittenhouse Square and read that book you’ve been meaning to finish while the city hums in the background.
Providence is an oft-overlooked mecca of cultural offerings and intelligent, interesting people. nostalgia, and gooey cheesesteaks; it's a vibrant, unpretentious, blue-collar town and a perfect three-day destination.
From bars and restaurants, iconic foods, and live tunes, to museums, outdoor activities, and amazing Airbnbs (not to mention beaches, parks, and ease of getting around), we took into consideration It wasn't easy, but, in the end, we came up with a bucket list we think stands up to the test.
And one we think you'll want to start working your way through right away -- 'cause, you know, there are only 40 weekends left in the year!Must-eat/drink: Pizza at Al Forno Don't leave without: Checking out Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum of Art, with over 84,000 objects housed on six floors.If you’re into history (or architecture), the Rhode Island State House is a definite visit.It has the fourth-largest self-supporting dome in the entire world, and once past security, you’re free to roam the halls or sign up for a tour.If you’re more of a shopper, head Downtown to Westminster St, an Etsy-like emporium of stores peddling tons of locally made finds.Or, if you plan ahead, reserve a spot in one of Johnson & Wales' three-hour cooking courses -- you'll learn how to prepare everything from pastries to Indian cuisine.