Images of sandy shores and colonial towns are very much associated with this state in New England and these are just some of the attractions that make Rhode Island a great place to come if you want to get away from the daily grind.
It’s impossible to narrow down the list of reasons why you would want to visit this small but perfectly-formed state but here are some of the main ones that form a persuasive case for arranging a trip to Rhode Island.
Take a walk back in time
The colonial and Federal influences that have shaped the area are pretty hard to ignore and one way of immersing yourself in that history is to take a walk down the Benefit Street Mile of History in Providence.
Benefit Street was undeniably the cultural epicenter and this unique walk manages to not only take you back in time with the look and feel of the period homes and their unmistakable elegance, but brings you forward in time too with an eclectic mix of new and old buildings.
If you want to see an area that is the epitome of Rhode Island, Benefit Street is the place to go.
Spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches
Staying somewhere like the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel will give you a good central base for your stay with plenty of local attractions and amenities, and you will also want to take at least one trip out that involves one of the many attractive beaches that define the area.
A good area to head for some beach action would be the towns of Narragansett and South Kingstown, which you will find to the south of Providence.
This is an area that is renowned for its long stretches of beaches where you can walk along the soft white sand and enjoy the sound and majesty of the waves lapping as they run ashore.
If you continue further south you will come across Long Island Sound and you might want to stop off at Watch Hill, which is a delightful and quaint resort town that revels in being unashamedly old-fashioned.
Learn about the history of the area
It is always fascinating to discover the history of an area and how the past has shaped the present, and Rhode Island has plenty of history to learn about.
You can spend some of your time here visiting attractions such as Fort Adams and Rhode Island State House.
Fort Adams is the largest coastal fortification to be found anywhere in the U.S and can be found in Newport Harbor. If you take one of the daily guided tours you will be able to get a real sense of how the soldiers lived here and defended the area.
The Rhode Island State House can be found at Smith Hill in Providence and is a shining example of the economic and social stature of the area.
These are just some of the compelling reasons why you might want to plan a vacation trip to Rhode Island.