5. Connecticut: Niantic

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Located near the tourist magnet Mystic Seaport, Niantic offers a slightly less crowded (but by no means less charming) town.

You won't find big-box stores here, but you will find a lovely main street that runs parallel to the Long Island Sound for gorgeous views as you grab a leisurely lunch.

The Inn at Harbor Hill Marina is a wonderfully quaint bed and breakfast that will provide you with a quintessential Connecticut vacation experience.

Right on the Niantic River shore!

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