Sandy beach at the base of Mohegan Bluffs on the southern shore of Block Island
Touring one of three rivers in Providence on a La Gondola ride
The historic National Hotel in New Shoreham on Block Island
Spending a summer's day at Misquamicut State Beach
The Rhode Island State House in the capital city of Providence
Fall foliage in Lincoln Woods State Park
The Breakers, former Vanderbilt home and one of the Newport Mansions
Cycling the East Bay Bike Path in Providence
Aerial view of Narragansett Town Beach and the surrounding community
The downtown rivers of Providence illuminated during WaterFire
Rhode Island: A tapestry of nature, culture and history by the sea
Cities and Regions to Explore in Rhode Island
Named one of the “10 Nicest Places in America” by Reader’s Digest, the capital city of Providence is well known for its popular WaterFire art installation, but is also home to rich history, educational institutions, a vibrant arts scene and a diverse population. One must-see neighborhood is Federal Hill, one of the top Little Italy neighborhoods in the USA and a hot spot for enticing dining options. Welcoming visitors for more than 400 years, Newport is North America’s last intact wooden city with more than 300 original wooden structures. Notable attractions in this area include the International Tennis Hall of Fame and St. Mary’s, the church where President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier married in 1953. Get away from it all in South County, which features 20 public beaches and 161 kilometers of waterfront ideal for water sports, deep-sea fishing and fresh-from-the-boat seafood.
Enjoy the Outdoors in Rhode Island
Across the state, enjoy a slower pace of life with bicycling, kayaking, bird watching and sunbathing on incredible natural beaches. You’ll find some of the best surfing in Narragansett, while Newport is known as the sailing capital of the world. Accessible via ferry from coastal points including Newport, Block Island is one of Rhode Island’s hidden gems; the Nature Conservancy called it one of the “12 Last Great Places in the Western Hemisphere.” Don’t miss a trip to Mohegan Bluffs for sweeping vistas of the Atlantic Ocean.
For inland adventures, check out Lincoln Woods State Park, known for some of the best bouldering in the USA, or Arcadia Management Area for hiking in the state’s largest recreational area. At Yawgoo Valley, enjoy family-friendly snow sports in winter and a water park in summer. Quaint Blackstone Valley welcomes visitors to pick apples, berries and pumpkins at its picturesque farms and orchards – perfect for enjoying Rhode Island’s stunning fall foliage.
Historical Sites from Colonial to Palatial
Architecture buffs can make an itinerary out of Rhode Island’s astounding collection of historic structures. In Providence, walk Benefit Street’s Mile of History, lined with museums and preserved Colonial architecture. In Newport, discover Gilded Age mansions alongside the dramatic scenery on the Cliff Walk National Recreation Trail.
The city of Warwick is home to the state’s “original water fire” – the burning of the British schooner H.M.S. Gaspee in 1772, commemorated with the month-long Gaspee Days celebration every June. To the north, Blackstone Valley is the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution at Slater Mill, a National Historic Landmark. There’s religious history here too, including both the oldest synagogue in the USA (Touro Synagogue National Historic Site in Newport) and the country’s oldest Baptist church congregation (First Baptist Church in America in Providence).
Fort Adams State Park is open for tours of its circa-1824 fort and the summer residence of President Dwight Eisenhower. The park is also where the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival are held. Nearby, sit down to a meal or a pint at Newport’s White Horse Tavern, the oldest tavern in the USA.