Rhode Island

Rhode Island Travel Guide

Rhode Island travel offers an abundance of gorgeous scenery, and the opportunity to say that you have visited the “Ocean State.” Travelers can make their way from historic Newport with its many mansions to Block Island located 13 miles off the coast to the state’s capital city, Providence. From the “summer homes” in Newport to the sparkling waters of the coast, Rhode Island travel has much to offer. Consult this Rhode Island travel guide for the hot spots and must-see sights.

Things Not to Miss in Rhode Island

• Touring the historic mansions in Newport
 • Checking out the stacks at the Redwood Library, the oldest library in continuous use in the United States
 • Splashing in the water at Scarborough State Beach
 • Taking in the sight that is the Point Judith Lighthouse

When to Go to Rhode Island

You can visit Rhode Island any time of the year, but many will find that it is preferable to visit during the springtime when the weather is mild. From May to August, the state tends to get a lot of rain and downpours, which can put a damper on outside activities. During the winter months, travelers will have to face an abundance of snow and freezing temperatures.

Articles about Rhode Island

I first saw the Rhode Island shore as a child, up from Virginia to visit my father's New England family. I remember playing on the beach at Little Compton while the grown-ups dug a pit and laid the fire for a clambake, and I recall a sense of wond...
Watching my husband venture into nesting territory, I experience a Hitchcockian tingle. We've been warned about the birds by Charlotte Johnson, executive director of the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation, who picked us up at Newport in a lobster b...
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The Trip The true riches of America’s smallest state endure in the coves and crannies of its 400-mile shoreline, tucked under the scrubby pines and behind the dunes, available to anyone curious enough to find them. The drive down Route 77 from Ti...
Each one of the million of us who live in little old Rhode Island has our own cherished idea of what makes this place enchanting. For me, it is the coastline that has always cast a spell. Rhode Island’s shore is by turns rocky and forbidding, with...
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There are certain buildings that loom as large in memory as they do in real life, and the Ocean House is one of them. Built in 1868 on a windswept hillside with views of the Atlantic, the Victorian hotel once catered to moneyed aristocrats but was...
Michael Fagnoni and Molly Hawks, now co-chefs at Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay, California, remember the first time they worked together to perfect a recipe. It was years ago, in the kitchen of another eatery. "We suddenly just looked up at each...
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Take a detour from your vacation to check out what the rest of the world is doing: working. Behind-the-scenes factory tours are the perfect wake-up call after the lullaby of historic house visits, shopping, and sightseeing. There's lots to choose ...