Looking to get acquainted with New England? As one of the original colonies, the Ocean State is steeped in colonial history. It’s also known for its array of large bays, indulgent cuisine and being our country’s smallest state. Book your Rhode Island rental car and check out these hot spots:
Take your Summer Resort in Newport
Located on Aquidneck Island, Newport is a popular summer resort in the New England region. The seaside city is best known for its gorgeous ocean-side mansions, many of which are open to the public. Take a tour of Rough Point, built in 1887 and once a summer retreat for American heiress, Doris Duke. Pack the family and make your way to the Norman Bird Sanctuary, where you can spy some herons and goslings. When you’re feeling famished, eat lunch overlooking the marina at the Mooring.
Explore the History of Warwick
After Providence, drive south to nearby Warwick. This quaint city prides itself on its rich history - stop by the Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, a house-turned-public-museum originally built in 1872 or tour Warwick’s city hall, which features a six-story clock tower. Boat-lovers may enjoy the Aspray Boat House (though it’s now used as a community meeting hall). Stroll around the city and you’ll find that it’s speckled with parks and ponds. Warwick is also popular for its two lighthouses: the Conimicut Lighthouse and Warwick Neck Lighthouse. While not open to the public, they are still functioning and are a sight to see from near or afar. Feeling famished at the end of the day? Head over to the Victory Smokehouse or Friendly’s for some tasty local cuisine.
Discover a Cozy City with your Providence Car Rental
Although this capital city feels like a small town, it’s rich with metropolitan culture. Head to downtown Providence - the locals call it “Downcity” - for some boutique shopping and good eats at Capriccio, The Melting Pot or any of the other multitude of restaurants in town. If you’re craving some Italian, stop by the city’s own Little Italy on Federal Hill. Museums are also a big deal here, so use your Providence rental car to jump between the RISD Museum, Providence Children’s Museum, John Brown House Museum and Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum. As for the nightlife, Federal Hill boasts two of the city’s top bars: the Avery and E&O Tap. If you’re looking to wind down, take a relaxing walk down the Blackstone Boulevard Walking Path, which will take you through serene historic neighborhoods.