On the Road Again: Rhode Island

 

Great things come in small packages – and small states. There’s much more to tiny Rhode Island than meets the eye. Here’s how to spend seven days in Little Rhody.

Day 1: Arrive in Warwick

As the smallest state in the country, Rhode Island is one of the simpler states to travel around. By booking a roundtrip flight and rental car into T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) in Warwick, visitors only need one accommodation for the week, as the state’s best beaches, attractions, and tourist destinations are all within a reasonable driving distance for day trips. With Warwick being less than 15 minutes away from Downtown Providence, and a short drive away from other must-see sights, choose an accommodation by the airport to get cozy for the week.

Day 2: Explore Newport

Biltmore House enthusiasts and those with an appreciation for architecture can’t miss taking a tour of The Breakers, the summer home of the Vanderbilts built in the late-1800s. In fact, Newport is packed with historical homes, museums such as the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the Newport Car Museum, and sandy public beaches. If you have time, enjoy a wine tasting at Newport Vineyards, or start your morning off with an espresso and pain au chocolat at local hot spot Le Bec Sucré.

Day 3: Ferry to Block Island

Accessible by ferries departing from Newport or Point Judith, Block Island is ideal for lighthouse peeping. Home of the picturesque Mohegan Bluffs, Block Island is one of the rocky beauties of New England. With lighthouses lining the island’s shore, Block Island is ideal for photography lovers and beach goers alike. Keep in mind, ferry schedules are subject to change due to weather, with some ferries only departing during the warmer months of the year. Keep an eye on ferry schedules and plan your trip to Block Island accordingly.

Day 4: Providence

Home to esteemed Brown University, Providence is Rhode Island’s state capitol. Downtown Providence is lined with eclectic eateries and pubs frequented by locals and college students. If you’re in need of comfort food, grab lunch at Ogie’s Trailer Park for a grilled cheese, or add an order of truffle tots for a classier touch. After lunch, take a relaxing stroll down the Providence River Walk to burn off the truffle tots and take in views of the Providence city skyline. If you have time, explore the historic sites surrounding Brown University, such as the Thomas P. Ives House, the John Brown House Museum, and the Stephen Hopkins House.

Day 5: Beavertail State Park

The rocky coast of Beavertail State Park is only a 45-minute drive from Warwick, allowing drivers to pass through the Windmill Hill Historic District of Jamestown en route to the park. Learn about the park by touring the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum, or sightsee at one of the park’s stunning scenic overlooks. In Jamestown, watch boats enter and exit the Safe Harbor Jonestown Boatyard or enjoy the fresh saltwater air at Fort Wetherill State Park.

Day 6: Wander Through Warwick

On your last full day in Rhode Island, stay close to home and take advantage of what Warwick has to offer. During blueberry picking season (July through early September), don’t skip taking a trip to Rocky Point Blueberry Farm for an opportunity to taste fresh New England blueberries. Visit the Warwick Lighthouse or take a walk down the fishing pier at Rocky Point State Park. Chow down on seafood at Iggy’s Doughboys & Chowder House for a true taste of Rhode Island.

Day 7: Head Home

With a short drive back to the airport, there’s no need to head to the airport in a rush. If you have an afternoon flight home, enjoy your morning with a warm cup of coffee and a doughnut at one of Warwick’s many local coffee joints before returning your rental car and boarding your flight home.

 

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