Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the US, but travel to Rhode Island and you will find that what it lacks in size it makes up for in charm! During your stay in the “Ocean State” visit the famed Rhode Island beaches and experience a coastline dotted with bed & breakfasts, resorts and boating communities. At any point in the year, you will find luxurious sailboats and yachts parked in the Narragansett Bay, where you can watch boat captains, sailors and the rich and famous at play. Newport Rhode Island has hosted the America’s Cup yacht race several times and continues to draw visitors to the famed Newport Yacht Club and Marina. Although Rhode Island beaches are a favorite travel destination, what you might not know is that half of Rhode Island is actually covered in forest! Many visitors skip the beach and plan their Rhode Island vacation around hiking and camping in one of the many Rhode Island State Parks.
Rhode Island travel features popular cities and quaint beach towns fit to explore. Providence, the capital of Rhode Island, is well known for its vibrant nightlife scene and artistic flare. Heavily influenced by the student population (Brown University, Providence University, Johnson & Wales, and RISD are all located within the city limits) you will find that there is always something going on! Many visitors flock to Newport Rhode Island in the summer months to experience the many boutiques, restaurants and old-world mansions by day, and the famed downtown bar scene by night. Newport Rhode Island originally served as a summer community to many of the wealthiest families in the country, so take a stroll down Ocean Drive and pop in on the Vanderbilts or the Rockefellers. Many of the old-world style mansions offer guided tours of the surrounding buildings and grounds. As well, the towns of Jamestown, Block Island and Pawtucket are just a short boat ride from the mainland and definitely worth planning your Rhode Island travel around.