Big, crowded cities don’t have a monopoly on cultural offerings. If you’re looking to visit (or move to) a place that flows to a slower pace and has a lower cost of living, these towns under 100,000 residents still have plenty to cool things to do.
Newport, RI (pop. 24,779)
Newport is a maritime town, so that means there are plenty of sailing and yachting opportunities. A great benefit of being so close to open waters is the price of seafood, which is much cheaper and fresher than anything you’d get in a state in the middle of the United States.
If you aren’t the type of person that loves the open waters, you can always enjoy golfing and tennis, which are popular pastimes in the little town. In fact, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is located in the Newport Casino – also worth a fun stop if you’re looking for a little more glitz and glamor.
Finally, if you’re the type of person that prefers low-key activates, you can always take a stroll. Newport has great walking paths next to the sea that is perfect for a brisk walk. You can also stroll through historic downtown, learn a little about Newport, and view the high concentration of colonial-era homes.
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