Easily accessible from NYC by bus and train, this historic city offers a scaled-down metropolitan experience which will remind New Yorkers of home, while providing a refreshing breather from the Big Apple. In the summertime, the Waterfire is a must-do nightlife option. There are no shortage of hotels in Rhode Island's capital city - choose from the Renaissance, the Biltmore and the Westin. We like the city's Downtown Mariott for the central location near food highlights like RiRa and Union Station Brewery.