The Best Places to Visit in Rhode Island, USA

The Best Places to Visit in Rhode Island, USA


The Best Places to Visit in Rhode Island,USA Welcome to Rhode Island! Rhode Island may
be the smallest state in the United States, but it packs a wallop when it comes to history
and scenic beauty. Rhode Island’s nickname is the Ocean State, which is apt since it
has tens of miles of shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean, filled with stunning beauty. The state’s
top destination, Newport, is well known for its over-the-top mansions for the rich who
summered here.But Providence, too, is filled with the history of an earlier period, when
its merchants grew rich on the slave trade and other lucrative commerce. Add miles of
beautiful beaches -Rhode Island has an extensive shoreline – a rich industrial history, and
an idyllic island, and you’ll see why Rhode Island should be on any New England itinerary.
If you want a relaxing vacation, then consider Rhode Island. The Ocean State may be small,
but it has just as much to offer visitors as any other part of the United States. 10. Block Island
Ten miles offshore, Block Island is reached by ferry from Point Judith (Galilee), on the
south coast. From laid-back little New Harbor, where you’ll find lodging and dining, you
can bicycle or walk to several beaches or to the Victorian Southeast Lighthouse.  Mohegan
Bluffs are a three-mile stretch of coastal cliffs with a 200-foot drop to the ocean.
At the foot of these is a beautiful beach, although the prospect of climbing back up
the 151 steps might discourage you. Miles of trails crisscross the island and are popular
with birders who come to spot the more than 150 species stopping here in the fall. A weekend
on this island with its far-away feeling is one of the most romantic things to do in Rhode
Island. 9.Narragansett Bay Beaches
If long stretches of fine white sand beckon you, head for the towns of Narragansett and
South Kingstown, south of Providence, to find a string of public beaches on the protected
waters of Narragansett Bay.  Watch Hill is a delightful old-fashioned resort town with
an excellent beach, a lighthouse, and a historic carousel.Narragansett
Town Beach is a classic New England Saltwater Coastal Beach front that offers some of the
best, cleanest and accessible beach conditions for the residents and tourist in New England.
There are more than 30 islands in the Bay; the three largest ones are Aquidneck Island, Conanicut
Island, and Prudence Island. 8 Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol Sailing, and most particularly the America’s
Cup race, is deeply ingrained into Newport culture and history. To gain a sense of this,
and to see models and actual restored boats – including one that’s considered the most
beautiful hull form ever created – visit the museum commemorating the Herreshoffs and their
boat designs. Their most legendary feat was designing and building eight consecutive successful
defenders of the America’s Cup, from 1893 to 1934. The America’s Cup Hall of Fame is
part of the museum, which features more than 60 sailing and power yachts along with displays
and videos on boat building and sailing. 7.Marble House
We should all be so fortunate to have a husband who gives us a $11 million “cottage” on
our 30th birthday. Yet that’s what Kenneth Vanderbilt, grandson of Commodore Cornelius
Vanderbilt, did. The mansion was modeled after the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Built between
1888 and 1892, the structure used 500,000 cubic feet of marble at a cost of $7 million.
The Marble House set the stage for Newport to transform from a quiet village into a playground
filled with grandiose summer homes for the wealthy. The mansion soon became a landmark
in Newport society. 6.Colt State Park
You’ll see some stunning beautiful views from Colt State Park, which is considered
the gem of the state park system. The park fronts on Narragansett Bay, so definitely
take a drive along the shoreline. Or, you can bike along the shoreline or through the
park on four miles of bike trails where you’ll see carefully tended fruit trees and flowering
shrubs. The park is near Bristol, home to a spectacular 4th of July fireworks display
since 1785. Take a moment to reflect on life at the open air Chapel-by-the Sea. The park
is named after industrialist Samuel P. Colt and was originally the location of his summer
home. 5.Cliff Walk, Newport
Despite past efforts of mansion owners on the preferred ocean side of Bellevue Avenue
to close off access, Newport’s Cliff Walk has remained a public walking path since the
days when the great palaces were at their prime. The pathway along the rocky shore provides
walkers with views of breakers crashing on the rocks below as well as the mansions’ gardens
and sea-facing facades above, and is one of the most popular – and free – things to do
in Newport. The Cliff Walk begins well before The Breakers, the first major mansion it skirts,
and after 3.5 miles, it passes by Rough Point, at the end of Bellevue Avenue. The exotic
Tea House at Marble House stands just above the path. 4.Old Harbor
Old Harbor, located on the east side of Block Island, is just a scenic ferry ride away from
mainland Rhode Island. The picturesque harbor, with its Victorian waterfront, is filled with
yachts and boats, which isn’t surprising as Old Harbor is one of New England’s premier
boating destinations. It’s a safe harbor, protected by a breakwater. Once
shoreside, you’ll find seafood restaurants, shops and quaint inns to stay in while you
explore this historic district of Block Island’s resort community of New Shoreham. New Shoreham
is considered one of the prettiest cities in New England. 3.The Elms
The Elms is another one of those over-the-top summer homes in Newport, this one built by
the Berwind family in 1898. The Elms, however, possibly wasn’t as opulent as the others,
since it only cost $1.4 million to build. While the interiors were still lavish, the
focal point here is the Classical Revival gardens with marble and bronze sculptures
on terraces, marble pavilions, a sunken garden and fountains. It took seven years to create
the gardens, the construction started in 1907, six years after the mansion was finished.
2.Providence Providence is both the capital and the largest
city in the state of Rhode Island. Nicknamed ‘The Creative Capital’ and ‘The Divine
City,’ Providence was founded in 1636, making it one of the oldest cites in the nation.
Roger Williams, an exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, founded the city in the name of
the sanctuary he found, a gift from ‘God’s merciful Providence.’ The city is home to
Brown University, the Roger Williams Zoo, the Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum
of Art.Providence also is home to the “Big Blue Bug,” a roadside attraction that is
the world’s largest termite. 1.The Breakers,
Newport’s most celebrated – and showiest – Gilded Age mansion
The Breakers, one of the most visited house museums in the United States, was built by
Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1895 and reflects the unimaginable wealth of the Vanderbilt
family. The Italian Renaissance “summer cottage” has 70 rooms, including a grand three-story
dining room, and was built using imported French and Italian marble and alabaster. Ceiling
paintings, mosaics, marble columns, fine wood paneling, and carved stucco decorate its rooms
lavishly and ostentatiously, as was intended by the Vanderbilts, who never risked being
outdone by their wealthy competitors. Because a previous mansion, owned by Pierre
Lorillard IV, on the site burned, Vanderbilt insisted his mansion be fireproof, so steel
trusses were used for structural support. It is the grandest house in Newport.