Rhode Island is the smallest of the 50 North American states, but even so, it is a destination that enchants by the strong presence of nature and mainly by its beaches: there are 643 km of coastline. A true paradise for people who love contact with nature and outdoor activities! There are countless activities possible in this destination: from hiking trails and parks to ballooning festivals and surfing beaches in the Atlantic Ocean.
In addition, Rhode Island attracts tourists because of its location. The state is only a few hours drive from the cities of Boston and New York. A great choice for your trip, isn't it? Get to know the state and be enchanted by its beaches, its nature, and its historical richness that will enhance your trip to the United States.
Rhode Island's capital is the city of Providence, famous for its very strong arts scene and well-preserved architecture. It is home to the Rhode Island State House, the state government's palace, which boasts one of the largest self-supporting marble domes in the world - shared with the majestic Taj Mahal and the Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica.
Providence was even considered one of the "10 Best Places in America" by Reader's Digest magazine - along with charming destinations such as Chicago, Illinois - and should certainly not be left out of your tour of the state.
One of the city's main attractions, especially for art and history lovers, is the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, a museum with an impressive collection of more than 100,000 objects of classical and modern art, including a vast collection of pieces from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
The city center is equally attractive: there the old and the new meet in a unique way, with classic buildings displaying modern store and restaurant windows. And when night falls, you can't miss the WaterFire: a real work of art in the center of town with 80 bonfires burning on the water, which can be enjoyed even better by taking a gondola ride on the Providence River.
Newport is a must-see destination in the small state. The charming town, which is considered the yachting capital of the world, is also home to the Cliff Walk National Recreation Trail, a recreational trail that is the town's most popular attraction where you can get a unique and stunning view of the immense blue ocean. Besides the ocean, there you can also peek into the backyard of magnificent mansions from the American Gilded Age.
The birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution is in Rhode Island: the Slater Mill! This is a historic textile mill complex on the banks of the Blackstone River, with buildings and exhibits that tell a little about this period in American history.
Another must-see destination in the state is the Mohegan Bluffs on Block Island. To get there, it is possible to take a 12-minute flight, or even take a ferry. But the journey is worth it: at the Mohegan Bluffs you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the coastline. From the rocks, which are 60 m high, you can see as far as Montauk, which lies at the tip of Long Island in New York State. The journey to the island is also instantly compensated by the enticing sight of crystal-clear water on the state's most beautiful beaches.
The small state that enchants with its nature, its art, and the history it carries in its architecture does not have its size as a defect. This is, in fact, another of the attractions of this destination: it is possible to get to know the entire state and all of its attractions by car.
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