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Overview

The tiny state of Rhode Island is home to over 400 miles of ruggedly beautiful coastline, earning it the nickname “the Ocean State.” Don’t let the state's compact size turn you off; there are an incredible number of activities and tourist attractions packed in, in fact this state contains over 20 percent of all the historic landmarks in the United States. The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport is popular with both fans and players of the sport. Providence, the state capital, is south of Newport and features Providence Children’s Museum and Rhode Island College, and don't miss the kitschy American Diner Museum. Enjoy a short ferry ride from the shore to Block Island for a plethora of outdoor activities and relaxation. Check out the Block Island North Light, a picturesque historic lighthouse perched on the north end of the island. Rhode Island is notorious for its huge number of golf courses, challenging all levels of players.

The state's capital city of Providence was historically the first settlement in Rhode Island, and is a vibrant and flourishing port city. The Rhode Island Statehouse sits atop a hill and has an enormous dome ceiling. Historic homes of sea captains and merchants have been restored along Benefit Street, and the elegant John Brown house is now a museum featuring original furnishings and personal items of the Brown family. For a quick bite to eat and incredible people-watching, head to Little Italy, full of lively cafes, bakeries, bars and restaurants…nearby Brown University and the world-famous Rhode Island School of Design infuse the area with a youthful sophistication.  Tour the enchanting downtown river-walk area for a high concentration of innovative restaurants and a lively theater and fine arts scene.

Newport is a harbor town situated on the southern end of Aquidneck Island. The town was first established as a colony in the early 1600s and was a major port in the industries of rum, molasses, and slaves. During the Revolutionary War, most of the buildings here were destroyed, however many of the incredibly fanciful Gilded Age mansions and estates have been renovated and several serve as museums. Newport today is a popular coastal destination, entertaining visitors with charming shops and restaurants, and family-oriented beachside atmosphere. The city is currently the sailing capital of the world, and attracts visitors with countless water-based activities. For families with children, the more tranquil beaches of the Narragansett Bay are suitable for novice swimmers and feature much calmer surf due to the breakwater barriers that shield the bay.


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