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Welcome to Rhode Island

It takes just 45 minutes to drive through Rhode Island, but if you slow down and look closer, you’ll discover that the nation’s smallest state packs a big punch in visitor attractions. Boasting more than 400 miles of coastline, the Ocean State lures travelers with its idyllic beaches, jagged seaside cliffs and solitary lighthouses. The scenic beauty isn’t the only draw here, though. Beyond the gorgeous waterfront views lie lavish mansions, charming Colonial villages, lush vineyards and world-class cities just waiting to be discovered.

Make a Splash

Crave relaxing beach days? How about boating adventures? You’ll find both in abundance at Narragansett Bay. Considered the crown jewel of Rhode Island and comprising more than 30 islands, the bay’s protected harbors and inlets provide tranquil refuge for recreational activities. From seal-watching tours and narrated boat cruises to fishing excursions and kayaking, the possibilities seem endless. Popular beaches in the area include East Matunuck State Beach, Roger W. Wheeler State Beach and Narragansett Town Beach. You can also snorkel or scuba dive in Scarborough Beach State Park or stroll through quaint coastal villages.

Just 12 miles off the south coast and easily accessible via ferry, Block Island is an untouched oasis brimming with rolling green hills, rugged cliffs and rare wildlife. Here, the Block Island Conservancy maintains a sprawling trail system that’s home to a diverse array of wildlife, including peregrine falcons, piping plovers, seals and more. For enchanting views of the shoreline, head to scenic Mohegan Bluffs, which soar 200 feet above the ocean.

World-Class Cities in a Small Package

Lovers of luxury will discover over-the-top opulence in Newport. Known as the sailing capital of the world, this oceanfront city is famous for the Gilded Age mansions and opulent estates that were once home to some of America’s richest families. Many of these historic homes serve as museums and are open to the public. Other beloved attractions include the scenic Cliff Walk, 200-year-old Fort Adams and the annual Jazz Festival.

Get your fill of art, music and culinary delights in the capital city of Providence. A hub for creatives, Providence is home to one of the world’s best culinary schools and the Rhode Island School of Design. While you’re here, meander along WaterFire Park and Riverwalk and prepare to be captivated by the 80 blazing bonfires ignited in the middle of the river on special occasions.