Rhode Island Travel
It may be the smallest state in the union, but Rhode Island is robust when it comes to play and relaxation. “Little Rhody” is a great place to enjoy the mystique of the ocean, the pristine natural environment, and the various activities and events happening in this busy little state. Look for travel tips, activities and accommodations suited to help you experience the many offerings of “The Ocean State.”
Stay in one place or venture all over Rhode Island in no time. No matter what your inclination is—from the nooks and crannies to mainstream activities—travel through Rhode Island with ease with these first-rate travel ideas.
- Rhode Island is bordered on the north and east by Massachusetts and on the west by Connecticut.
- The relatively flat geography of “The Ocean State” is home to more than 400 miles of beautiful beaches. Sites in this section can help you determine if beaches are private or public.
For history and general information …
provides general information and statistics on Rhode Island, including its demographics, history, economy, weather, crime rates, and famous natives and locals.
The History Channel
introduces you to Rhode Island’s rich role in American history as one of the original thirteen colonies. Take a look at the historical maps
section to see the state’s history evolve.
Visit New England
has a local perspective on “Ten Great Things to Do” during your visit to Newport. Click on each link to get the latest information on the attractions listed.
has local information about a cluster of Rhode Island’s beautiful beaches in the Narragansett area. Find golf courses, shopping areas and restaurants that contribute to the charm in this area.
Visit New England
has information about Rhode Island’s 400 miles of shoreline. Find a brief description of each beach area with photos, directions and lodging information.
has an easy-to-use catalog of restaurants throughout Rhode Island’s towns, with actual visitor reviews of most places listed.
is located in the heart of downtown Providence and contains 170 stores and restaurants, along with entertainment.
has loads of information related to any trail activity—hiking trails, equestrian trails, “green” trails and others. Find out where the trails are located, how to get there and view a map of each area.
Visit New England
has a section on leisurely drives that make the most of the spectacular fall foliage in Rhode Island.
New England Lighthouses
boasts the many lighthouses of Rhode Island, some of which are still active. See pictures, maps and tour information, and read up on the history of the highlighted lighthouses.
Legendary Inns of Newport
exposes Newport’s hidden wine country. Find tasting events and tours, and learn all about the wine industry in this area.
Visit Rhode Island
has vineyards listed by county. Use the links to learn more about the vineyards and wineries in each region.
Things You Should Do
lists some of the off-the-beaten-path activities available around Rhode Island, from holiday-related activities to tours and epicurean events.
’s 2003 article, “How Big Is Rhode Island?” deems Rhode Island as our “nation’s yardstick.” Find out why.
Rhode Island is a compact state with an abundance of lodging. In this section, find lodgings suited to your budget and comfort level.
- The snug logistics of Rhode Island make it easy to explore and sample different accommodations in different towns and cities.
- Get a taste of the local flavor in Rhode Island by staying in unique lodging. Aside from hotels and motels, consider idiosyncratic accommodations, such as campgrounds, lodges, inns and lighthouses.
lists popular and off-the-beaten-path destinations, and recommends places to stay. Find lodgings fit for your budget, personality and time of visit.
For beds & breakfast inns…
has a busy page brimming with information on B&Bs in Rhode Island. Search using the map or the list of locations below the map to find an inn that appeals to you.
is a community portal offering reviews of campgrounds throughout Rhode Island. Read about the facilities and find things to do in each campground, brought to you by other campers.
Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation
allows you to become a “Keeper for the Week” through their volunteer vacation program. Learn how to become a lighthouse keeper and stay in a real lighthouse.
Make the most of your time in Rhode Island by mapping out an efficient travel plan. Find the best routes and travel arrangements in this section and make your trip smooth and enjoyable.
- T.F. Green Airport in Warwick is Rhode Island’s only major airport. If you’re flying, you can also fly into Boston’s Logan International Airport, which is less than 60 miles from Providence. Also consider taking Amtrak to other Rhode Island cities.
Visit Rhode Island
has a route planner
tool you can access after you register (for free). Plan and log a route or access routes other traveler’s have recorded and shared. Or take a look at a map of Rhode Island
to create your own path—just click on the map to enlarge.
Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
has an overview of transportation options in Rhode Island, including bus and ferry schedules, system maps and a handy trip planner to help you get around using public transit.
New England Vacations Guide
outlines three scenic drives along the coast of Rhode Island. You’ll get directions along with tips on notable attractions (just don’t get distracted by the ads near the top of the page).
has good deals for car rentals; search by airport, city or state to find a rental car. Or “name your own price” to save up to 30% on car rentals; just click on the “bid now” button to start.
buses service five locations in Rhode Island. Obtain routes, schedules and fares for your bus trip.
’s Northeast Regional route travels from Newport News, Va., to points in Mass., servicing three cities in Rhode Island along the way. Find deals, fares and departure and arrival times for your trip.
TF Green Airport
calls itself the “Hassle Free Gateway to New England.” Find directions to and from the airport, as well as information on ground transportation.
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