Off US-1 at the intersection of RI-102 an RI-1A is Wickford Village, a very appealing small harbor town with a historic district of 17th-18th century / Federal Period homes (along Main St). A hair further north is East Greenwich which has a series of very nice restaurants along its main street in downtown.
If you take I-95 to RI-138, you can access Newport and Middletown via the Pell and Jamestown Bridges. Jamestown Island has beautiful ocean views, a lighthouse, and an old windmill. Newport has Ocean Drive with 19th century mansions open for tours, the Tennis HoF, the original Naval Academy, Touro Synagogue, historic churches, 18th and 19th century buildings, etc. Next door is Middletown with what they call locally 2nd (Sachuest) and 3rd beaches. Warm, shallow waters perfect for swimming.
You can also go to the far east side of the state to Little Compton which has Goosewing and Little Compton beaches. LC has a classic New England town center with a small common, a classic 18th century clapboard church, and a fantastic associated cemetary with the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers, along with the grave of Elizabeth Pabodie, the first child born in New England to European settlers. You can drive to LC from Newport/Middletown along RI-138 via Tiverton and Portsmouth.
From Newport/Middletown you can drive north on RI-138 to the Mt Hope Bridge and then along RI-114 through Bristol and Warren, two very appealing harbor towns on Narragansett Bay. Again, tons of period buildings. Drive from there through Barrington to Providence. The waters here can be loaded with jellyfish so beware.
Providence has the RI School of Design which has an excellent museum, the state capitol building which has a fantastic interior with some Civil War canonry, Brown University / College Hill which has, yet again, outstanding Federal Period architecture surrounding the campus but also along about 3/4 mile of Benefit St. Civil War Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s house has interesting details. Just get out of your car and walk around. Just below Benefit St is the First Baptist Church in the US from the 1700s. Lots to see in PVD. Great food, as well.
And then there’s nearby Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA. Which has the USS Massachusetts, a sub, a PT boat museum (interesting), as well as an East German corvette. Decent Portuguese food at the Tabacaria Azoreana (‘The TA’) on Main St in FR. It’s a small social club / restaurant with great food started by former Portuguese soldiers who learned to cook while serving in Portugal’s former African colonies. I recommend their Chicken Angola and Shrimp Mozambique.
I could go on and on but already have. Sorry. This is where I grew up.
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