Looking to travel to the United States? With 50 states to visit, Rhode Island is the perfect destination if you're interested in quaint towns near major cities like New York and Boston.
The Atlantic Ocean borders its southern side. Along the Atlantic coast are sandy beaches. A bay of the Atlantic Ocean called Narragansett Bay runs deep into Rhode Island. Marine marshes are located at the edge of the bay. There are more than 30 islands in Narragansett Bay. The largest one is known as Rhode Island. However, most of Rhode Island is part of the continental United States.
Rhode Island's small harbors and bays along its coast have earned it the nickname "Ocean State". Whether you're interested in wildlife watching in Narragansett Bay or sailing from Newport, there's plenty to do at the beach.
In this small state, even the arts are connected to water. The Providence River is adorned with bonfire art and flickering lights, creating a magical "WaterFire" several times a year. The event attracts both locals and tourists to the downtown area, where they can also enjoy craft stalls and musical performances on the nearby shore.
If you're planning to spend time at the beach, consider trying one of these attractions:
1. Newport Cliff Walk
Known as one of the most scenic walks in the world, this 5.6 km trail starts at Memorial Boulevard and winds along the shore to Bailey's Beach. The trail offers breathtaking views of the ocean and mansions on both sides, making for a unique experience.
2. Sightsailing of Newport
A highly recommended water activity in Newport, Sightsailing offers a sailboat cruise that showcases the stately bay buildings and a beautiful old lighthouse. The sweeping views provide the perfect backdrop for your sailboat cruise. You can sail at sunset to watch the sunset or during the day to soak up the sunshine. Tickets can be booked online or purchased on-site.
3. South County
In South County, you can enjoy various outdoor activities, including surfing where the Narrows meets the ocean, hiking through the Arcadia Management Area (the state's largest natural wilderness recreation area), or kayaking the Narrow River in Narragansett for an authentic New England beach town experience.
If you're visiting between June and September, you can also take a whale-watching tour from Galilee to see various whales.
4. Mohegan Bluffs
If you're looking for scenic cliffs, Mohegan Bluffs on Block Island is a must-visit destination. The 60-meter-high cliffs offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, and the beach at the bottom (accessible via 141 steps) is the most beautiful on the island. Although rocky, the secluded beach is perfect for swimming and surfing.