What to see in Rhode Island


Although the smallest of the US states, Rhode Island does not fail to deliver when it comes to finding things to see and do. A popular east coast getaway, this picturesque state offers visitors memorable sites and experiences satisfying a varied number of interests.

The state is popular with those who have a love for the outdoors; 400 miles (644km) of shoreline and more than 100 beaches provide the perfect setting for relaxing holidays spent in the sunshine. Those seeking out something a little more active, will find Rhode Island's lush woodland carefully preserved in 53 state parks, making it an ideal place for camping, hiking, and cycling. Nearby Block Island is also only a ferry ride away and offers excellent bird watching and beachcombing prospects.

Those in search of a little history and culture will certainly not be disappointed. A favourite among visitors to Rhode Island are the lavish 19th-century mansions of America's wealthy families gracing Newport, offering a slice of opulent history frozen in time. The National Museum of American Illustration is also loved by the artistic among visitors, as is the Rhode Island School of Design Museum offering many textile and fine art exhibitions.

Both Providence and Newport have much in the way of tourist attractions. The two cities share a fascinating colonial history that can be investigated in a number of fantastic museums, and both cities offer beautiful sidewalks and atmospheric old neighbourhoods to explore. There are also some excellent restaurants and bars to keep visitors entertained after dark, making for round-the-clock enjoyment in this scenic and charming state.

State Capitol

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

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Rhode Island School of Design Museum

The small but comprehensive museum attached to the Rhode Island design college features many changing exhibitions, particularly…

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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 on the…

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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

Barely 12 miles (19km) from the shore of modern east coast America lies a tiny 'treasure island' virtually unspoiled…

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National Museum of American Illustration

Established in 1998, the National Museum of American Illustration is the nation's only museum devoted exclusively to…

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