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Rhode Island is America’s smallest state, at just 1,200 square miles (3,100 square kilometers), but it’s filled with things to do. Learn why “Ocean State” is an apt nickname, as the state has nearly 400 miles (600 kilometers) of Atlantic Ocean coastline. Sometimes it seems like there’s a beach for every visitor, so go out and find the perfect one for you.
Start the visit in Providence, the state’s capital and largest city. Tour the elegant campus of Brown University. Nearby see some of the country’s most forward-looking art exhibitions at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Wander along the city’s revitalized Providence River waterfront. Meet new furry friends at the Roger Williams Park Zoo.
Go south to Newport, one of America’s first vacation towns. Marvel at the splendor of the Newport Mansions, built by the Rockefellers and other affluent families during the Gilded Age. Taste the salt on the air during a stroll along Cliff Walk, with stunning views of the city’s charming downtown area and sandy or rocky beaches stretching out along the coast.
Make a scenic drive along Ocean Avenue or spend the day relaxing on serene Second Beach near Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. Take the ferry to Block Island, with white sand beaches and charming atmosphere, or stay on the mainland and watch the boats in Narragansett Bay.
Rhode Island’s small size makes it easily accessible within the state and from its neighbors. Providence Airport has many connections across the United States. Boston’s Logan Airport, one of the country’s biggest, is a 1-hour drive away. Amtrak rail connections are quite robust as well. A bus service provides connections throughout the state, particularly in Providence and the immediate surroundings. For maximum flexibility, rent a car.
After a long day in the Rhode Island sun, soothe a rumbling stomach with clam cakes and a bowl of chowder, perfect for staying warm as the sun slips below the horizon.
A: To avoid stresses like parking and navigating through heavy traffic and busy streets, many travelers choose to use public transportation or ride-share services when they're vacationing in central Providence. That said, if you'd like to head out and enjoy some scenic adventures in Providence County, having your very own rental car is the way to go. If you need help finding a suitable ride, take a look at our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Rhode Island.
A: Prepare to begin your amazing vacation adventure when you step off the plane at Providence, RI Airport (PVD-T.F. Green). Operating 17 international flights per month, this is one of the leading airports in Rhode Island.
A: Most visitors choose to stay in hotels when in Rhode Island. But you don't need to follow the crowd. You'll also find private vacation homes, bed & breakfasts and cottages in abundance here, and they're available for booking with Expedia.
A: It's totally up to you. Combine cars, flights and hotels, or simply pick one option. You can also add some top activities and attractions to your travel itinerary. Whatever it is you're after, Expedia can help you plan a vacation that works for you.
A: Save money (and time) by choosing to bundle your bookings with us. From Hotels to Rental Cars, Expedia will help you create an unforgettable Rhode Island trip. The more you sort out now, the more you stand to save. You'll also have less to be worried about when you touchdown in your destination.
A: Visit Roger Williams Park Zoo and Kennedy Plaza in Providence and create some awesome new memories. Brown University is another noteworthy attraction that's worth a look while you're there.
*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on Expedia.com from January through December 2020, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages. For Free Flight or 100% Off Flight deals, package savings is greater than or equal to the current cost of one component, when both are priced separately.
I have stayed at the Hotel Viking on 3 separate occasions. Clean, friendly, and high class comforts. We stayed in a suite this time and it was top notch! Roomy, clean and comfortable! Plus walking distance to everything you need from shopping, dining and site seeing. We will be back over and over ...
We were on the second floor. Hearing the elevator ding all night long and people conferencing around the elevator area was annoying. Otherwise a beautiful hotel and we had a wonderful time.
Go off season the price is unbeatable :-) nice parking delicious breakfast restaurants walking distance Beach walking distance
Clean, basic, a good price! The full kitchen and space would be valuable for anyone staying for an extended period.
We enjoyed the ice skating, the pool, the restaurant. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. We will definitely be back!