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What to see in Rhode Island

Attractions


Although it is the smallest of the US states, there is plenty of attractions in Rhode Island to keep visitors entertained. A popular getaway on the east coast, this picturesque state offers visitors memorable sites and experience satisfying a varied number of interests.

Rhode Island is popular with those who have a love for the outdoors. 400 miles (644km) of shoreline and more than 100 beaches provide the perfect settings for relaxing and sunny vacation spent soaking up the sunshine.

For the more active, Rhode Island has plenty of lush woodland preserved in 53 state parks. This makes the state ideal for camping, hiking, and cycling. Nearby Block Island is only a ferry ride away and offers excellent bird watching and beachcombing prospects.

A favourite among visitors to Rhode Island are the lavish 19th-century mansions of America's wealthy families, slices of opulent history frozen in time. The National Museum of American Illustration is adored by art lovers, as is the Rhode Island School of Design Museum with its many textile and fine art exhibitions.

The cities of Providence and Newport are both worthy of a visit, offering insights into their previous colonial pasts via a number of fantastic museums. Both cities have beautiful sidewalks and atmospheric old neighbourhoods to explore, as well as excellent restaurants and bars.


State Capitol

Rhode Island's magnificent white marble Georgian state house was inspired by London's St Paul's Cathedral…

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Rhode Island School of Design Museum

The small but comprehensive museum attached to the Rhode Island School of Design features many changing exhibitions,…

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Roger Williams Park Zoo

Providence's zoo is situated in a beautiful 174-hectare (430-acre) Victorian park accessed from Elmwood Avenue…

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Newport Mansions

The Bellevue Avenue Historical District in Newport, Rhode Island, is home to some of the grandest, most ostentatious…

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Block Island

Block Island lies barely 12 miles (19km) from the shore of the modern east coast. A tiny treasure island,…

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National Museum of American Illustration

Established in 1998, the National Museum of American Illustration is devoted exclusively to American illustration…

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