These waterfront havens are not only the perfect spots for watching boats of every size come and go, they're also home to fresh-from-the-dock restaurants and colorful inns and hotels.
Back in the 1960s and '70s, Baltimore and Boston began transforming their blighted industrial waterfronts into reimagined centers of commerce, dining, and tourism. This spawned a movement, and many other old ports have since followed in their ambitious path. Both Baltimore and Boston harbors now feature restaurants, hotels, shops, historic ship museums, and energy. We'll give the nod to Baltimore's Inner Harbor because of its fabulous National Aquarium (though we like Boston Harbor's New England Aquarium as well); 877-225-8466 or