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Drive 48.2 miles • 1 hour, 27 minutes

As its nickname implies, the Ocean State serves up superb access and views to the Atlantic Ocean. But Rhode Island also has a number of exciting inland pursuits that could serve as highlights of any vacation.




1. Providence

Starting Point • Entertainment, Shopping, Quirky

Downtown Providence is home to Waterplace Park and its WaterFire, a summer-only event that sees the ignition of 86 braziers floating on the three rivers that run through downtown. An estimated one million people come to watch flames in a display that is accompanied by music. When the fires aren’t burning, a number of visual and performing arts venues offer theater, music, exhibits and more. Check out the Arcade, America’s oldest indoor shopping mall featuring two stories of 19th-century architecture.



2. Warren

13 miles, 23 minutes • Entertainment, Nature, Outdoor Recreation

Warren is one of the Ocean State’s major creative  centers, as evidenced from the array of galleries in town. From the Imago Art Gallery to the Second Story Theater, the town buzzes with painters, actors and designers. Check out the Coastal Living Gallery, located in a quaint house and boasting paintings from some of New England’s finest artists. When it’s time to hit the Great Outdoors, Playground and Town Beach, Town Wharf and Buff’s Hill Park all compete for your attention.

3. Bristol

4.7 miles, 13 minutes • Entertainment, Nature, Outdoor Recreation

Situated on 10 square miles of a peninsula, Bristol boasts miles of unforgettable coastline, 14 parks and several historical attractions. Bring your bike, because the town is home to the starting point of the East Bay Bike Path. Independently owned shops, quaint galleries and superb local eateries make this an unforgettable stop.

4. Middletown

11.9 miles, 22 minutes • Entertainment, History, Nature, Outdoor Recreation

Look for lighthouses and plenty of unspoiled beaches near and around Middletown, a coastal community that’s part of the Newport area. Stroll the shore for an up-close view of tidal life. Nearby is Jamestown Island, where Beavertail State Park provides outdoor activities and a shoreline ideal for exploration, along with the famous Beavertail Lighthouse. Also nearby is historic Fort Adams State Park, home to the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival. Try Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile trail designated as a National Recreation Trail.

5. Kingstown

18.6 miles, 28 minutes • History, Nature, Shopping

South Kingstown is a scintillating blend of historical, environmental and recreational ingredients, beginning with more than 10 miles of undisturbed beaches. Visit Peace Dale, a 19th-century textile mill village whose looms, powered by the Saugatucket River, produced wool fabrics. Carpenter’s Grist Mill, built in 1703, is where Rhode Island Whitecap Flint Corn is stone ground. Fayerweather House is preserved in its 1820s grandeur. Check out the unique shops in town. A hilly path in Treaty Rock Park leads to Pettaquamscutt Rock, where Native Americans and settlers finalized details of historic land purchases.