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Wickford Village, R.I.
Wickford Village.

by Eric Hurwitz
Rhode Island might be the smallest state in the United States, but I could write on forever about this amazing New England travel destination that offers so many publicly accessible beaches, coastal bike trails, sunsets, fresh seafood and soda fountains, quiet hidden destinations, unassuming mill towns and beautiful cities like Newport and

East Bay Bike Path, Bristol, R.I.
East Bay Bike Path, Bristol. R.I.

Unlike the big corporate travel web sites, I can only offer you my heart and soul when writing about visiting Rhode Island and hope that the authenticity helps you greatly with your Rhode Island trip planning. Remember to enjoy the Rhode Island journey as much as the destination and write me about your experiences in this great, little state! 

Best regards, Eric at

Loving Rhode Island Travel is So Easy to Do

Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island
Ocean Drive in Newport.

It's hard to believe for the smallest state in the United States that Rhode Island has so much accessible coastline. What that means is more beach time for you and your family.

The Rhode Island South County coastline features some of the family-friendly best beaches in New England, and serves as a terrific alternative to Cape Cod. In that area, you'll find some of New England's most charming towns, villages and neighborhoods, including, Watch Hill, Galilee, Wickford Village and Charlestown.

From Gallilee, a ferry leads to Block Island, an instantly appealing island well preserved in nature. If you are inclined to pristine ocean and beaches, rolling green fields and pastoral farms, abundant plant and wildlife, and a slower-paced lifestyle, then by all means plan a trip to what the Nature Conservancy has designated as "one of the 12 last great places in the Western Hemisphere."

It's easy to see why. With the exception of a small downtown, Block Island's 21 square miles -12 miles south of Rhode Island's main land--provide a treasure chest of unspoiled terrains -- the perfect place for a New England summer vacation. Most people walk, ride bikes or drive motor scooters to trek around the island. What they will find is their own beach, their own forest, their own special place, their own discovery. Walking off the beaten path will surely lead you to nowhere. And nowhere is a beautiful place.

Newport is a wonderful Rhode Island vacation destination, famous for its grand mansions. The fun doesn't end there, however, as visitors will find a plethora of things to do, including downtown shopping, great beaches, The Tennis Hall of Fame, summer music festivals, the wide open Fort Adams State Park (great for kite flying), a wonderful oceanside cliff walk, countless bed and breakfasts, inn, hotels and motels, and some of the best seafood dining that New England has to offer. It's a colorful town with myriad tourist attractions, sure to please on every visit.

A few miles from Newport is Bristol, a quintessential New England town -- tree-lined and quaint with an incrediible Patriotic nature (flags waving everywhere you turn). Surrounded by Mount Hope Bay to the east and Narragansett Bay to the south and west, Bristol is stunning from every perspective. Colt State Park is especially impressive with its sweeping views of the Narragansett Bay and ideally located walking paths. The downtown features well maintained older homes and an understated but pleasing array of restaurants, shops and lodging. Bristol is also offers the oldest (and extremely popular) Fourth of July celebration in the country. Bristol is a perfect start to your Rhode Island and New England vacation.

Rhode Island has a great city, too, --
Providence. From the colorful Italian streets of Federal Hill to the elegant brownstone, Ivy League neighborhoods of Brown University, Providence feels like a complete city. There's the mile of colonial houses on Benefit Street juxtaposed against a rapidly growing skyline. Providence Place Mall, one of the biggest malls in New England shines its modern leanings against the architecturally old world aura of the State House. Providence also offers some of the best restaurants in New England (Al Forno, Pot Au Feu) and a plethora of high quality hotels and inns.

The Providence Place Mall is hands-down the best shopping mall in New England. Although forever controversial and either loved or hated with no middleground, the Providence Place Mall has steadily gained respect with its three floors of 165 shops, elegant surroundings with plush rugs, colorful architecture, shiny walls, and a wonderful view of the Providence skyline, including the beloved waterfront.

Providence is a world class city for several blocks, with expansion of that greatness on the way.

Eric Hurwitz, editor and publisher of VisitingNewEnglandWe encourage you to "travel Rhode Island" through our library--at Visiting New, native New Englanders bring you the best in New England vacations and travel information with detailed essays, reviews, tips and resources. We hope you enjoy browsing our Rhode Island travel library and hope to see you travel New England soon.

Best regards,
Eric at VisitingNewEngland

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William's Grant Inn reflects the historic charm of Bristol

Gray's Ice Cream Stand in Tiverton: a beloved tradition since 1923

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