The Ultimate Rhode Island Travel Guide

The Ultimate Rhode Island Travel Guide

Rhode Island Travel Guide

Rhode Island: Even though it’s the smallest state in the US, Rhode Island is quite charming and beautiful! Rhode Island is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the south, giving it access to a vast coastline. I loved the Newport Cliff Walk, and I am sure if you enjoy coastal views and beaches, you will love Rhode Island. Here is my Rhode Island travel guide outlining major Rhode Island attractions! 

To make it easy for you to navigate the content, I have organized my Rhode Island travel guide into two sections. (1) A brief introduction to Rhode Island, a little history, some geography, commute, and weather. (2) Major Rhode Island attractions, if you wish, you can skip the introduction and move on to the next section, Rhode Island Attractions

History: Rhode Island was admitted to the union as the 13th state on May 29, 1790. The Dutch explorer Adrian Block named the state, he named it “Roodt Eylandt,” meaning “red island” because of the red clay that lines the shore. The state’s nickname, the Ocean State, is because of its 400 miles of coastline.

Geography: Rhode Island is the smallest of all US states, measuring only about 48 miles long and 37 miles wide. Despite being the smallest state, it has over 400 miles of coastline. Massachusetts borders Rhode Island on the north and the east. On the south, Rhode Island is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the west, Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut.

Getting There

Flight: Providence – T.F. Green Airport (PVD) is the primary airport in Rhode Island.

Drive: If you live in any of the neighboring states, you could easily drive to Rhode Island.

Train: Amtrak offers a rail service called Acela connecting – Boston, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Washington stopping at Providence, RI – Amtrak/MTBA Station (PVD).


Climate: Summers are hot and humid, with average high temperatures above 90°F. Winters are quite cold with average temperatures ranging between 15°F – 20°F. Spring and autumn are mild with pleasant temperatures. Check current weather conditions in Rhode Island.

Time zone: Eastern Daylight Time UTC-4

Getting around: I recommend driving around in Rhode Island, however, there’s a city bus system, operated by Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA).

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Best Places To Visit in Rhode Island

Newport Cliff Walk

Newport Cliff Walk | Rhode Island Travel Guide

Newport’s enchanting 3.5-mile Cliff Walk, a National Recreation Trail, is one of the most beautiful coastlines in all of New England. The Cliff Walk takes around 2.5 – 3 hours, featuring breathtaking panoramic ocean views, crashing waves, and exquisite architectural history. The Cliff Walk has areas that are unpaved rocky. Please be extremely cautious on the trail.

Address: Cliff Walk, Newport, RI 02840, Entrance Fee: None

Tip – You would at times find people referring to some states/regions in US as New England; New England is a northeastern region of the US, including the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. New England existed even before the US was formed. The region was one of the first in North America to be settled by Anglos. It’s known for its Colonial past, coastline, autumn foliage, and mountains

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The Breakers

The Breakers | Rhode Island Travel Guide

The Breakers is the grandest of Newport’s summer “cottages,” the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, Mr. Vanderbilt was the President and Chairman of the New York Central Railroad and the grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt made the family fortune from the steamship and railroad industries.  The 70-room mansion with a gross area of 125,339 was constructed in just two years, built between 1893 and 1895. The building became a National Historic Landmark in 1994, owned and operated by the Preservation Society of Newport County, offering self-guided and guided tours to the public.

Address: 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840, Entrance Fee: Adults: $18, Children (6-17): $4.50

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I hope you enjoyed reading the post, The Ultimate Rhode Island Travel Guide, and I hope it will help you plan your trip to Rhode Island. My favorite is the Newport Cliff Walk; I loved it there!

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