Nestled between Massachusetts and Connecticut, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the USA. It takes less than an hour to get from one side to the other but even in that tiny space, there’s plenty of activities and interest packed in. You can’t help but notice the miles of beautiful and unspoiled coastline, complete with white beaches and stunning cliff top walks. Picture perfect little coastal towns with cobbled streets and colonial buildings are reminders of a time when Rhode Island was a favourite with the wealthy elite, who came here for summer fun and jazz parties. With a Rhode Island hotel, you can bike or hike your way around the state, visit Newport, the City by the Sea and spend some time in the charming state capital, Providence.
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Providence - The state capital and main commercial centre of the state. It’s well worth trying to squeeze in a few days here when booking a hotel on Rhode Island; one of the quaintest and prettiest of all the US state capital cities.
Newport - The City by the Sea, this was once the place the east coast’s great and good came to hang out in summer mansions, go sailing and generally enjoy the best of the Jazz Age. Book a hotel in Newport and follow in their footsteps.
Bristol County - Located in the eastern half of the state along the border with Massachusetts and close to Boston, this beautiful region was originally part of the Plymouth Colony.
South County - The summer region of the state, and where you’ll find plenty of delightful little communities on or near the beach. Book yourself a beach hotel and just relax.
How to Make the Most of Your Hotel in Rhode Island
Rhode Island is all about quaint charm and rugged beauty. Walk along the cliff top paths to visit lighthouses, visit the historic attractions and state park in Jamestown, or head to North Kingstown for the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park. There’s a choice of vineyards and wineries to explore and sport lovers can go to the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino. Newport and Providence are the two main urban attractions, in the loosest sense of the word, and offer shopping and eating options in abundance.
Jazz has been associated with Rhode Island for many years, a fact you can witness at the famous Newport Jazz Festival. Music history was also made at the Newport Folk Festival, when Bob Dylan first played the electric guitar on stage. Take in a movie at an actual drive in movie theatre, the Rustic Tri-View Drive In, or shop ‘til you drop at the Providence Place Mall. There’s more sport on offer at the Pawtucket Red Sox’ McCoy Stadium and the the Ryan Center. Plus, with over 50 golf courses in the small state, there’s no shortage of options to go for a round.