Visit Rhode Island
Best Time To Go
You can visit Rhode Island any time of year, but many will find that it is best during the spring, when the weather is mild. Providence’s cherished WaterFire festival draws nearly a million visitors each summer, and the recently cleaned-up riverfront has become a popular attraction for sightseers to the capital. In historic Newport, original 17th-century homes as well as the Vanderbilts’ former summer mansions can be toured year-round—at Christmas in particular, they put on a lovely show.
A Newport–Providence bus route—and several others throughout the state—is available through the decent RIPTA, which even offers a seasonal trolley service along Newport’s iconic Cliff Walk for travelers who have reached the end of the hike.
Temperatures can get up to the mid 80s (28ºC) in the summer, though evenings quickly cool off under the incoming sea breeze. In winter, that number drops to the low 20s (-6ºC).
Know Before You Go
Each summer, Newport’s grand waterfront hotels sell out quickly, so plan your trip well ahead. Alternatively, try a winter-timed trip to the historic town, where several mansions, shops along Bellevue Avenue, and restaurants remain open year-round.
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