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Rhode Island is half land and half water. You can enjoy both on a drive all around Narragansett Bay.



Interstate 95 connects Rhode Island to the Connecticut shoreline, Southeastern Massachusetts, the Massachusetts South Shore, and Boston (map).

From Cape Cod, take I-195 via New Bedford to Fall River (where you turn south for Newport), or to Providence.

Rhode Island Loop

Narragansett Bay, the watery center of the state, helps to validate Rhode Island's nickname, the "Ocean State."

To tour Rhode Island is to circumnavigate Narragansett Bay, driving all (or most of) the way around it to see most everything the state has to offer.

Starting in Providence, go east and south along RI Route 114 via Barrington and Bristol, then onto the island of Rhode Island itself, and south to Newport. This 31-mile (50-km) scenic drive gives you a good sense of the beauty of Rhode Island, and takes about one hour.

For orientation purposes, remember that the island has three main towns: Portsmouth in the north, Newport at the southern end, and Middletown in between.

From Newport, RI 138 takes you west across Jamestown island to the mainland, where you join US Route 1, heading south, for Narragansett and, farther along, South County and its beaches.

Detour south along RI 108 to Galilee for more natural beauty, a historic lighthouse at Point Judith, and Port Galilee, the dock for ferryboats to Block Island.

Back on US 1 heading west and south, continue all the way to Westerly and you can go further west to Stonington CT and the Connecticut Shoreline, or northeast on Interstate 95 back to Providence and on to the Massachusetts South Shore or Cape Cod.

Block Island

Rhode Island's delightful three-season getaway island is 13 miles (21 km) south offshore from Point Judith. halfway to the eastern tip of New York's Long island (map).

Car ferries connect Block Island with the mainland at Galilee year round. In summer, passenger ferries operate to Block Island from Providence and Newport, RI, and New London CT, as well as from Galilee. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

Narragansett RI

South County Beaches

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South County RI

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The Breakers mansion, Newport RI

The Breakers, Cornelius Vanderbilt's
mansion in Newport RI.

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