Providence, Rhode Island

Providence, Rhode Island

Providence, the capital of the tiny state of Rhode Island, is a haven for nature lovers, with its serene bays, enchanting beaches and lush forests. In addition, the city boasts fine colonial architecture, lavish mansions and a vibrant music scene. Additionally, a burgeoning dining scene includes ambitious new restaurants. There are plenty of places to find national travel deals here.

Getting there

TF Green/Providence Airport is located in Warwick, 12kms south of Providence. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) provides transportation between the airport and the city centre. Amtrak trains run several times daily between Boston and New York, stopping in Providence. By roadcar rental, I-95, which connects Boston and New York, runs right through the city. From Cape Cod, pick up I-195 west. To reach downtown with a rental car in Providence, take exits 1 and 2 off I-195 and exits 21 and 22 off I-95.

Key attractions

Some of the best colonial architecture in the country can be found in the city's east side, with the former residence of George Washington on Benefit street. The State Capitol building, with a massive marble dome, is an impressive building. Also notable is the Greek revival style 'Arcade'; built in 1828, it is the oldest shopping mall in the country. The Museum of Rhode Island History documents the area's fascinating past, while Prospect Terrace offers a great city vista and a memorial to the city's founder, Roger Williams.

Out and about

The state of Rhode Island boasts magnificent natural scenery, with long stretches of coastline bordering the untouched forest which covers 60 per cent of the state's total area. The state is home to 53 state parks, and the calmer waters of Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound are popular for sailing. Just a short car rental drive east of Providence, Cape Cod has amazing beaches and massive sand dunes, along thick meadows and beech forests farther inland.

Leisure options

One activity that should not be missed is a gondola ride down the picturesque river. Since Providence is a college town, there are endless music bars, small concert halls and pool pubs. The southern end of Water and Main streets, known as India Point, has several bar/restaurants that double as nightspots.


Beware of pickpockets in busy areas and do not park your car rental car in Providence on city streets at night. Outdoor activities can also place you at risk of having an accident, and missed travel connections can be a potential problem. We recommend you take out travel insurance for you and your family.Travel to Albuquerque National travel deals are a cinch to find online.


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