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New England Road Trip: Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont in 10 Days

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10 Day Road Trip Through Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont

New England is a popular US destination to view the leaves changing colors in the Fall. Summer brings gorgeous weather, many outdoor activities, and equally beautiful views. This 10-day road trip travels from mountain villages to fishing villages. You will visit lighthouses, rocky coastlines, waterfalls, mountain resorts, elevated hiking trails through gorges, and covered bridges with the opportunity to eat lobster rolls, maple syrup, and apple cider donuts along the way.

You are excited to begin your road trip through New England and want to know the best time of year to visit, where to stay, must-see attractions, and where to eat while there. Researching the best things to do on a New England road trip while working full time is overwhelming and you don’t have hours to spend on the internet. Save time and plan an unforgettable trip full of top activities with this 10 day New England road trip itinerary.

Portland Head Light Portland Maine, things to do two day itinerary

New England Road Trip Planner

When is the Best Time to Visit New England?

New England’s warmest months in July and August. This is tourist season and prices will be at a premium. Late September and early October is also a popular time to visit New England for the changing colors of the trees. Spring (April, early May) is “mud season”. Many hiking trails will not be open yet and open trails are muddy. The winter runs from December through late March. Many businesses shut down and reopen on Memorial Day. It is common for roads to close due to bad weather, especially the Kancamagus Highway. New England is a popular destination for skiing and snowboarding, January and February bring the most snow. Ski resorts fill quickly, be sure to book your stay early. Maple syrup season runs from February to April.

What is the Best Way to Travel Through New England?

You will need your own transportation to follow this 10 day New England road trip itinerary. Save precious PTO by flying from your home to Portland Maine and renting a car to continue the journey.

How Long Do You Need to See the Best of New England?

The New England region is located in the Northeastern section of the US. It includes the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. This itinerary is a 10-day road trip through Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. If you have two weeks of PTO, extend the road trip into Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Brooksdale Covered Bridge Stowe Vermont, things to do one day itinerary

How Expensive is New England?

Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont prices vary. According to Budget Your Trip, expect to pay an average of $166 per day in Maine, $179 per day in New Hampshire, and $229 per day in Vermont.

What to pack for a New England Road Trip

Summer is warm and humid, pack for temperatures between 70°F and 85°F Black flies and mosquitoes are common during summer months, be sure to bring insect repellent. Prepare for temperatures between 64°F and 73°F in the spring. Rain and thunderstorms are common, snow is possible. Expect mud on hiking trails during spring months and pack shoes appropriately. Fall temperatures range from 66°F to 55°F during the day and can fall to below freezing overnight. Pack for below zero temperatures and snow in the winter months.

New England Road Trip Highlights

Portland Maine | White Mountains | Kancamagus Highway | Stowe Vermont | Trapp Family Lodge | Flume Gorge | Montpelier Vermont | Burlington Vermont | Green Mountains | Lake Champlain | Ben & Jerry’s Factory | Crawford Notch State Park | Bangor Maine | Stephen King House | West Quoddy Head Lighthouse | Schoodic Peninsula | Winter Harbor Maine | Bar Harbor Maine | Acadia National Park | Jordan Pond | Downeast Highway

Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse Portland Maine thinngs to do

Day by Day Guide for a New England Road Trip (10 days)

ROUTE AT A GLANCE: Portland Maine – White Mountains – Stowe Vermont – Burlington Vermont – Bangor Maine – Acadia National Park

MILES: 1300 miles (approximately)


Day One: Arrive in Portland Maine

This is a jam-packed New England itinerary. As a result, the first day begins after your workday. Book the latest flight of the day into Portland Maine. Change into airplane clothes at work and go straight to the airport. Pick up the rental car and stop at a grocery store and stock up on water, snacks, and insect repellant before checking into your hotel for one night. Consider going out for a craft beer. Portland has the highest number of microbreweries per capita in the country. There are currently 17 microbreweries, one for every 4,000 residents. You will find New England IPA’s, Belgian’s, British Ales, and everything in between. Not a craft beer fan? Head to Wharf Avenue for a cocktail. Don’t stay out too late, the adventure starts early in the morning. Overnight in Portland Maine.

Wharf Street Portland Maine, things to do two day itinerary

Day Two: New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Hwy

Spend the day in New Hampshire’s the White Mountains. The Kancamagus Highway receives 4k visitors a day and is the most popular area in New Hampshire’s the White Mountains. Route 112, the ‘Kanc’, runs 34 miles from Conway to Lincoln and is the perfect hub for exploring all the area has to offer. This scenic drive is full of rushing rivers, waterfalls, gorges, hiking, covered bridges, and overlooks. Overnight in Lincoln New Hampshire.

Stops on the Kancamagus Highway Include:

Albany Covered Bridge

Rocky Gorge Scenic Area

Sugar Hill Overlook

Lily Pond Vista (be on the lookout for moose)

CL Graham Wangan Overlook

The Lady’s Bathtub Swimming Area

Drive west and hike the Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves elevated platforms and waterfall

Drive south to Blair Covered Bridge, Beebe River (Campton) Falls, and Bump Covered Bridge

See the bear show at Clark’s Trading Post

Albany Covered Bridge Kancamagus Highway New Hampshire

Day Three: Stowe Vermont, Waterfalls and the Sound of Music

Stowe Vermont is a historic village full of adventure activities, waterfalls, hiking, swimming holes, cider donuts, and covered bridges. On the drive, you will pass through the gorgeous Franconia Notch area and several mountain towns. You are in the heart of maple syrup country, be sure to stop for tastings and souvenirs. Overnight in Stowe Vermont, consider the Trapp Family Lodge.

Stops on the Drive to Stowe Vermont Include:

Photograph the Indian Head rock formation

Hike the 2-mile Flume Gorge elevated boardwalk past Flume Covered Bridge and Avalanche Falls (1.5 hours)

Hike 1.2 RT to Kinsman Falls

Consider stopping for a ride on the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

Stop to admire Echo Lake Beach

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Detour to visit The Frost Place, see the poetry trail and front porch for Robert Frost

Stop in the picturesque town of Littleton for lunch

Visit the Cabot Creamery, Bragg Farm Sugar House, or Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks for tastings and souvenirs

Visit Montpelier and stay for dinner

Trapp Family Lodge Stowe Vermont Sound of Music Trapp Family LodgeThings to do

Day Four Burlington Vermont, the Green Mountains, and Lake Champlain

Burlington Vermont sits in the Green Mountains overlooking Lake Champlain with views of the Adirondack Mountains. Burlington is known for flannel, tie-dye, craft beer, a lake monster, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, Bernie Sanders, and Phish. Be sure to update your playlist! Overnight in Burlington Vermont.

Stops on the Drive to Burlington Vermont Include:

Head to Main Street for breakfast and a walk around the historic city

Hike the 5.2 miles RT to Moss Glen Falls OR

Hike the .5 Rt to Bingham Falls

Ride the Stowe Mountain Resort gondola and enjoy the mountain views

Stop by the Trapp Family Lodge and take the Sound of Music tour

Photograph the Gold Brook Covered Bridge

Stop at Cold Hollow Cider Mill for cider donuts (do not skip this)

Tour the Ben & Jerry’s Factory

Photograph Reverence (Whales Tails) off the highway on way to Burlington

Stop at Shelburne Farms for cider donuts and pick your own apples, pears, and peaches

Take a ferry across Lake Champlain or walk into the Lake on the Island Line Trail

Have dinner on Church Street in Burlington

Church Street Burlington Vermont, things to do two day itinerary

Day Five Back to New Hampshire’s the White Mountains

Start the day early and return to New Hampshire’s the White Mountains for a day full of covered bridges and chasing waterfalls. Overnight in North Conway New Hampshire.

White Mountain Stops Include:

Go for a swim in Ammonoosuc Falls lower falls

Stop to photograph Omni Mount Washington Resort and Upper Ammonoosuc Falls

Ride the Mount Washington Cog Railway to the summit, 3 hours

See the roadside Flume Cascade and Silver Cascade waterfalls

Drive through Crawford Notch State Park and hike 1.2 miles RT to Ripley Falls

Hike 2.8 miles RT to Arethusa Falls

Stop at Attitash Mountain Resort and ride the alpine mountain coaster

Visit the Bartlett Covered Bridge and the Honeymoon Covered Bridge

See the roadside Jackson Falls

Walk 10 minutes to Glen Ellis Falls

Stop at Pinkham Notch and hike .6 RT to see Crystal Cascade

Hike 1.1 RT to Thompson Falls

Hike 1.6 miles RT to the Emerald Pool swimming hole in Evans Notch

Littleton Covered Bridge New Hampshire

Day Six Bangor Maine and the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

Leave New Hampshire and drive across Maine to the tip of the coastline. Stop in Bangor Maine on the way to see the home of Steven King. Did you know Banger is the real-life town of Derry in the King novels? Visit the beautiful West Quoddy Head Lighthouse before driving the coat to the Schoodic Peninsula and Winter Harbor. Overnight in Bar Harbor Maine.

Stops on the Drive to Bar Harbor Maine:

Stop by the Stephen King House at 47 W Broadway, Bangor, ME

Take the SK Tour of Bangor to see filming sites

Continue on to the coast and the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse

Stop at Prospect Harbor and the Prospect Harbor Lighthouse

Drive the Schoodic Peninsula to Schoodic Point and enjoy the coast view

Visit the fishing village of Winter Harbor

Stop at the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound for dinner, check hours

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse Maine Downeast Hwy

Day Seven Arcadia National Park, Popovers and Carriage Rides

Acadia National Park receives 3.4 million visitors each year and is known for its gorgeous fall foliage. You will find 120 miles of trails, rocky coastline, lighthouses, stone bridges, carriage houses, blueberry popovers. Note: Much of Park Loop Road is one way and parking lots are small. Start the day early! Overnight in Bar Harbor Maine.

Acadia National Park Highlights Include:

See the nation’s first sunrise from Cadillac Mountain

Be at Thunder Hole for high tide to watch nature’s show

Hike the 1.5 mile Beehive Trail (rated difficult with iron rungs and steep drop-offs)

Drive Park Loop Road, Rockefeller’s Four Million Dollar Road photographing the Carriage Road Bridges as you go

Take a walk along Jordan Pond Bridge and photograph the Bubbles in the distance

Eat a famous popover at the restaurant before taking a carriage ride through the trails

Check out as many rocky overlooks as parking allows.

Stop at Visit Sand Beach, the Cider House Rules filming location, on your way out of the park.

Souvenir shop Bar Harbor’s Main Street

Have dinner at Geddy’s, try the lobster pizza

Carriage Road Bridges Acadia National Park Mount Desert Island

Day Eight The Downeast Highway, Lighthouses and Lobster Shacks

Maine’s Route 1 is 3,478 miles of rocky coast with over 65 lighthouses and 23 islands full of picture-perfect fishing villages and lobster shacks. Below is a list of stops with addresses between Acadia National Park and Portland Maine. Start the day early and visit as many as possible. The day ends in Portland Maine, a foodie destination with many, many options. Overnight in Portland Maine.

Read Maine’s Downeast Highway, Trip Planner (listing of lighthouses, lobster shacks, and fishing villages)

Stops Along Maine’s Downeast Highway:

Dyce Head Lighthouse, 1 Battle Ave, Castine, ME 04421

Penobscot Narrows Bridge, US-1, Stockton Springs, ME 04981

Fort Point Lighthouse, Lighthouse Rd, Stockton Springs, ME 04981

Grindle Point Sailor’s Museum and Lighthouse, 615 Ferry Rd, Islesboro, ME 04848

Camden, Maine fishing village and waterfront

Curtis Island Lighthouse, Camden, ME 04843

Rockport Harbor, 40 Pleasant St, Rockport, ME 04856

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, 44.104031, -69.077487, Rockland, ME 04841

Owls Head Lighthouse, 186 Lighthouse Rd, Owls Head, ME 04854

Lunch at McLoons Lobster Shack, 315 Island Rd, South Thomaston, ME 04858

Marshall Point Lighthouse, Marshall Point Rd, Port Clyde, ME 04855

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park, 3115 Bristol Rd, Pemaquid, ME 04558

Shuck-your-own oysters at Glidden Point Oyster Farms, 637 River Rd, Edgecomb, ME 04556

Boothbay Lobster Wharf, 97 Atlantic Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

Burnt Island Lighthouse, Southport, ME 04576

Hendricks Head Lighthouse, Light House Ln, Southport, ME 04576

Perkins Island Lighthouse, Georgetown, ME 04548

Doubling Point Lighthouse, Doubling Point Rd, Arrowsic, ME 04530

Squirrel Point Light, Arrowsic, ME 04530

Gurnet Trading Co., 602 Gurnet Rd, Brunswick, ME 04011 à dinner

Visit the first and largest L.L. Bean store, 95 Main St, Freeport, ME 04032

See the world globe spin at Garmin, 2 DeLorme Dr, Yarmouth, ME 04096

Return to Portland and have dinner at Gilbert’s Chowder House in the Old Port

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Maine

Day Nine Portland Maine

Portland Maine is an amazing city with enough things to do see and do to fill and long weekend. If you are unable to spend more than one day, I suggest the Real Portland Tour, read about it here. Overnight in Portland Maine.

One day in Portland Maine:

Stop by Holy Donut for a chocolate sea salt donut (buy another for tomorrow)

Take the Real Portland Tour, read about it here

Spend the evening strolling around the Old Port

Stop in a microbrewery (or two)

Enjoy a final lobster at Portland Lobster Company or oysters at Eventide

lobster dinner at Portland Lobster Co Portland Maine, things to do two day itinerary

Day Ten Depart

Join the 5 am sunrise run across Casco Bay, allow 3 hours (learn about it here)

Eat blueberry pancakes for breakfast at Becky’s Diner

Check out of the hotel

Head to the airport and return the rental car

Scroll through your photos as you wait for your departing flight

Make the most of your New England road trip with this 10-day Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont itinerary. The ultimate travel guide for first-timers with a day-by-day itinerary. Plan your visit including when to visit, where to stay, what to eat, things to do, best tours, top attractions. #NewEngland #VisitMaine #VisitNewHampshire #VisitVermont | Portland Maine | White Mountains | Kancamagus Highway | Stowe Vermont | Trapp Family Lodge | Flume Gorge | Montpelier Vermont | Burlington Vermont | Green Mountains | Lake Champlain | Ben & Jerry’s Factory | Crawford Notch State Park | Bangor Maine | Stephen King House | West Quoddy Head Lighthouse | Schoodic Peninsula | Winter Harbor Maine | Bar Harbor Maine | Acadia National Park | Jordan Pond | Downeast Highway Make the most of your New England road trip with this 10-day Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont itinerary. The ultimate travel guide for first-timers with a day-by-day itinerary. Plan your visit including when to visit, where to stay, what to eat, things to do, best tours, top attractions. #NewEngland #VisitMaine #VisitNewHampshire #VisitVermont | Portland Maine | White Mountains | Kancamagus Highway | Stowe Vermont | Trapp Family Lodge | Flume Gorge | Montpelier Vermont | Burlington Vermont | Green Mountains | Lake Champlain | Ben & Jerry’s Factory | Crawford Notch State Park | Bangor Maine | Stephen King House | West Quoddy Head Lighthouse | Schoodic Peninsula | Winter Harbor Maine | Bar Harbor Maine | Acadia National Park | Jordan Pond | Downeast Highway

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The 10 day trip sounds fun! We’d love to do a road trip as well and will follow your advice to visit New England in July. Thank you for sharing this super detailed post. I already bookmarked it and start planning soon.

The Northeast Region of the U.S. has been around for centuries and has seen its fair share of history. It’s no wonder that there are so many amazing places to visit! Indeed, a New England road trip is a perfect way to experience the beauty of this region.

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This sounds like the perfect road trip through Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. I would probably need more time to take in everything. A tour at the Ben& Jerry Factory sounds intriguing. Do they have an ice-cream parlor as well, where you can taste special ice-creams? Your lighthouse pictures are fabulous too!

This is my favorite road trip guide so far; I love how detailed it is! I literally enjoyed the locations solely based on the photographs. I now appreciate New England — from the stunning scenery to the numerous outdoor activities and, of course, the mouthwatering lobsters!

I miss the lobster!!

This is such a power-packed post with so many useful tips for the New England Road trip. From itineraries to what to pack and best time to visit – you seemed to have covered it all. I your itinerary, I loved your day two with those waterfalls and I so hope to spot the moose at Lily pond.

We did a similar trip for our honeymoon and had 10 days. I love the covered bridges, the charming small towns and scenic mountains in Vermont. Wonderful memories came flooding back reading your post.

We did a short New England Road trip one year. But we definitely missed out on so many sights. And we never made it as far as Vermont! I love the variety of sights you showed for stops along the way. We would make so many stops at waterfalls and covered bridges! I am keeping this post for our next New England road trip planning.

That’s great to hear!

Interesting to know that the New England region has a different face in every season from autumn leaves to muddy trails to skiing! I love this itinerary and would definitely want to extend it till Rhode island. Spring point ledge lighthouse looks very picturesque. I wouldn’t miss buying tons of Maple candy and Maple syrup at Franconia Notch area.

This post reminded me of our trip to the New England last summer. A beautiful part of the country that I want to revisit in a slow travel. We missed exploring Portland because we couldn’t find a space to park in the city. I want to go back in the fall.

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Top 15 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is proof that the best things come in small packages. Although it’s the smallest of the US states it packs a huge punch in terms of both charisma and the number of beauty spots.

Its charms are subtle but very classy and here you can expect fine historic houses, elegant art galleries, stunning vineyards, quaint Colonial villages, upscale restaurants, and a year-round calendar of cultural events.

Its landscapes are no less alluring and range from majestic lighthouses and white-sand swimming beaches to acres of lush fields and berry farms. It’s a tough choice but here are the best and most beautiful places to visit in Rhode Island…

1. Beavertail State Park, Jamestown – known for offering some of the most beautiful vistas along the New England coastline

Beavertail State Park

You don’t have to love state parks to enjoy this one because it truly offers something for everyone.

Not only is it the perfect example of natural beauty, but it also has numerous overlooks that are very impressive, several tide pools, lots of hiking trails, some fishing opportunities, and even a lighthouse that dots the landscape and makes it even more interesting.

Set along the Rhode Island coastline, this is one state park you’ll never forget, not only because of how beautiful it is, but because of all the activities that you can enjoy.

2. Benefit Street, Providence – one of the best places to visit in Rhode Island

Benefit Street, Providence

If you want to step back in time and enjoy some amazing beauty, you need to visit Benefit Street. Amazing regardless of what season it is, this street offers some of the most beautiful homes and tree-lined streets that you’ve ever seen.

Known as the “Mile of History,” its landscape and even the lampposts remind you of an era gone by because most of the homes there were built during the colonial era.

To make it even better, most of the homes on this street overlook the waterfront, which give all of them an even more attractive look in the end.

3. The Breakers, Newport – one of the best historic attractions to visit in Rhode Island

The Breakers, Newport

The Breakers is a mansion built by the Vanderbilts and which was really considered a summer cottage, but its size will make you think otherwise.

This exquisite mansion is found on the very elite Ochre Point Avenue and consists of some of the most beautiful gardens you’ve ever seen.

Not only is the home itself ornate and very detailed, giving you something to look at for a very long time, but its gardens are colorful and well laid-out, meaning you can look at them for a long time and still not get tired of what you’re seeing.

4. Castle Hill Lighthouse, Newport – for beautiful views across the bay and gorgeous sunsets

Castle Hill Lighthouse

Short and stout, the Castle Hill lighthouse was built in 1890 by H.H. Richardson and sits at the entrance to the Narragansett Bay on the east side. It sits among craggy rocks and is known to be one of the most well-loved attractions on the coast of the state.

If you ever want to catch one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ve ever seen, this is the place to come to, and it is just as gorgeous in one season as it is in another.

Regardless of the weather or the time of year you visit it, the Castle Hill lighthouse is something you don’t want to miss when you’re in Rhode Island.

5. The Cliff Walk, Newport – a stunning place to explore the wonderful Rhode Island coastline

Cliff Walk, Newport

If you’re a hiker, you owe it to yourself to visit The Cliff Walk in Newport. It consists of 3.5 miles of beautiful scenery and cliffs that are just perfect for hiking. You can enjoy the views while you feel the saltwater spray on your face.

Not only does it give you the perfect opportunity to get some exercise, but you also get a great view of some of the town’s oldest mansions that were built long ago.

In fact, The Cliff Walk is considered a rite of passage for everyone who lives in Newport, and once you visit it, you’ll understand why.

6. Downtown Providence – offers fine restaurants, unique shopping, and beautiful scenery

Providence, Rhode Island

Providence is indeed a beautiful town, and its downtown area is worth seeing even if you’re an outdoor person. This large, bustling city offers something for everyone, from eclectic shops to great restaurants and even a great arts scene.

Regardless of what you enjoy doing when you go to the city, the downtown area of Providence will provide it to you.

Not only is it filled with fun things to do, but it is also a very picturesque downtown area that you won’t forget about anytime soon. Oh, and don’t forget to visit Waterplace Park while you’re there.

7. The Elms, Newport – a fine historic mansion to visit in Rhode Island

The Elms, Newport - best places to visit in Rhode Island

This is definitely one of the most interesting places to visit in Rhode Island. It is a mansion built by a very wealthy family named the Berwinds, who made their money in the coal industry.

To say that the house is large is an understatement and the way it is sprawled out definitely demands attention.

It was built in 1901 as a summer home and was modeled after a home just outside of Paris called the d’Asnieres. If you love large homes and would love to see how the other half lives, you owe it to yourself to visit The Elms whenever you’re in Newport.

8. Point Judith Light, Narragansett – a stunning beauty spot in Rhode Island

Point Judith Light - beauty spots in Rhode Island

This lighthouse was built in 1816 to replace the original lighthouse, which was destroyed a year earlier in the Great Gale of 1815. It is octagonal and very interesting to look at and in fact, as soon as you see it, you’ll likely want to immediately start snapping pictures of it.

It is two-toned and has a few other smaller buildings near it, and when you hear the term “picture perfect,” this is the type of views that come to mind.

If you can’t visit an area without visiting a lighthouse, this one is definitely one you don’t want to miss.

9. Taylor Point Park, Jamestown – a 25-acre beautiful overlook area developed by the Town in 1988

Taylor Point Park, Jamestown

One of the first things you’ll notice when you get to this park is the magnificent Newport Bridge that is an art form in itself.

The park consists of 25 acres of natural beauty, and you can find areas for swimming, and even enjoying a picnic along the way.

You can come out here at the end of the day to enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets around, but regardless of when you’re there or what you enjoy doing, Taylor Point Park will remain in your thoughts long after you leave it.

10. Rosecliff, Newport – a fine mansion created as a showcase for extravagant summer entertainments

Rosecliff, Newport

Not all mansions are alike, and this one has some of the most interesting architecture and designs you’ve ever seen.

Not only is the home itself amazing and unique, but the grounds are carefully designed not just with beautiful gardens that sprawl out all over the place, but there are statues and birdbaths and lots of other items that keep the landscape interesting.

It was built in the late 1800s/early 1900s and is a shining example of how the “haves” get to live in this country.

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11. Pomham Rocks Lighthouse, Providence – a beautiful historic lighthouse in the scenic Providence River

Pomham Rocks Lighthouse

Alright, so Rhode Island has a lot of lighthouses, but each one is unique in its own right. The Pomham Rocks lighthouse sits on a small island and makes quite an impression on anyone who looks at it.

The lighthouse is the only remaining lighthouse out of the five lighthouses that used to be used to prevent boats from crashing into the rocks along the Providence River, giving it a unique place in the state’s history.

Although it was restored in 2018, this lighthouse has been around since December of 1871.

12. Prospect Terrace Park, Providence – a gorgeous spot to explore in Rhode Island

Prospect Terrace Park, Providence

This is a beautiful park that sits subtly in the College Hill area of Providence, and it is always worth visiting. Not only does it offer fantastic views of the downtown area, but it’s a great place to see the sunset.

The area was donated to the city in 1869 with the goal of it remaining pristine and pure so that all citizens from then on could enjoy it, and it has remained that way ever since – thank goodness.

This is a true gem that you won’t want to miss if you ever make it to Providence.

13. Rhode Island State House, Providence – a fantastic place to visit in Rhode Island

Rhode Island State House

Whether you love history, architecture, or just beautiful scenery, the Rhode Island State House is worth visiting.

It was built in the late 1800s/early 1900s and has a dome at the top with the “Independent Man” statue, which represents a person’s freedom to think and act independently.

The steps leading up to the building give it a majestic look, in part because it is made out of white Georgia marble, giving it a look of grandeur that not all buildings have. This is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Rhode Island.

14. Blackstone River Bikeway, Cumberland – a great area to explore nature

Blackstone River Bikeway

The Blackstone Valley is an amazing part of this state, and the bikeway consists of 16.5 miles of bike paths to enjoy as you view the city from a different point of view than most people get to.

Not only do you get amazing scenic views, but the path extends to the Massachusetts border, making it even more interesting.

You get to see marshes, cascading waterfalls, and so much more, making this one site you won’t want to miss if you’re anywhere near this area of Rhode Island.

15. Thomas Street, Providence – a charming and historic spot to explore in Rhode Island

Thomas Street, Providence

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Rhode Island, all you have to do is stand on any street corner and take a peek down the rest of the street – in any direction!

The street is filled with iconic buildings, including stores and boutiques, and its hilly terrain and trees make it very aesthetically pleasing.

In fact, Thomas Street looks just as good as many other streets you’ve seen on the cover of magazines, so if you visit it, you might want to bring your camera and snap a few pictures before you go home.

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Scott started his travelling life back in 1999, when he headed off on a solo jaunt to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with just a backpack, a camera and a spirit for adventure. After that, the travel bug bit hard and now he is always seeking to head off somewhere new. Over the years he has lived in Italy, Qatar, Ireland, UK and the US but his spiritual home will always be Rome as this is the city which most satisfies his unrelenting craving for culture, good food and great football. Scott loves nothing better than to be behind the camera and also runs his own blog and Instagram page. He also counts Melbourne, Cape Town and Tel Aviv among his favourite places. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @scottbalaam

5 Epic Reasons You Should Want to Visit Rhode Island

It may be the smallest of all 50 states across the United States, but Rhode Island certainly packs a punch when it comes to an abundance of reasons why you should want to visit this gorgeous state. If you are thinking about taking a trip to North-East USA, why not take some time to visit Rhode Island and experience everything the ‘Ocean State’ has to offer.

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Rather than simply sharing our opinions on Rhode Island following a very brief visit to the capital city of Providence, we are delighted to offer a more detailed review courtesy of a Rhode Island native who has called this state home for the last 15 years. Jamie Italiane from The Daily Adventures of Me has graciously offered to share her opinions on why she considers Rhode Island to be one of her favorite places in the United States.

Whether you are intrigued by the rich history associated with Rhode Island or simply want to pass through this small state while exploring other nearby states like New York and Massachusetts, there is plenty here to keep you occupied as Jamie highlights.


Rhode Island was settled in the 1600s by Europeans escaping religious persecution. Since New England is one of the oldest settled areas in the US, history abounds. One of my favorite historical towns is Newport, RI with its mansions which served as summer homes in the early 1900s to families such as the Vanderbilts.

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You can also learn about the state’s indigenous Indian tribes. As you can see, for the historians out there, Rhode Island has a wealth of history waiting to be uncovered.


Rhode Island is the smallest state in terms of size, the eighth least populous and second most densely populated behind only New Jersey. When you throw in the geographical proximity to some of the nation’s most powerful states, it’s no surprise that Rhode Island is such a diverse and important state.

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Did you also know that the official name of Rhode Island is actually the longest of all US states?

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It may be the smallest in terms of size, but imagine having to write “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” every time you speak about this state. Fortunately, the shortened version of ‘Rhode Island’ is much easier.

The coastal setting of Rhode Island, along with the diverse Italian and Portuguese immigrant populations, give our little state some great food options. Our seafood is fresh and certainly offers some of the finest across the country. Be sure to try ‘stuffies’, a stuffing filled clam, made with our local Quahogs or visit the beach for a seafood boil.

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We also have some of the world’s best donuts, Allie’s and frozen lemonade, Del’s. Our Italian neighborhood, Federal Hill, is a lovely place to walk and have some amazing food.

A unique, diverse array of food offerings make Rhode Island a must-see place if you are aspiring to be a food connoisseur or simply just love to indulge in some of America’s finest dining options.

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Waterfire is a music and art installation that takes place on scheduled nights on Providence’s canals. It is a unique multisensory experience that is one of my favorite things in the whole United States.

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This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans is a spectacular sight in Providence and certainly something that you have to experience. It centers around a series of almost 100 bonfires that illuminate above the surface of the downtown canals and provide a unique experience for visitors to Providence.

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It is a free event that takes place between May and November, so why wouldn’t you want to go out of your way to experience such an amazing experience!


Rhode Island is a great place to visit as a home base or a stopping point when exploring the East Coast. It is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Boston, Cape Cod, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

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I love living here because there are so many day trips to enjoy. In spite of being such a small state, due to the bays and islands, Rhode Island has 400 miles of beautiful coastline to enjoy and its interiors are full of gorgeous wooded forests, great for hiking.

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Visit Rhode Island – Our Thoughts

We enjoyed a leisurely Sunday morning exploring the capital of Providence before heading north to Massachusetts. Although we didn’t explore everything Providence had to offer, we saw enough to justify a return visit.

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Just taking a casual walk alongside the river that winds through the heart of downtown Providence was a relaxing experience and one that I could certainly get used to every Sunday morning while sipping on my favorite Starbucks drink. The amazing architecture around Providence certainly helps justify why this was rated as one of the best ‘smaller cities’ in the nation.

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The charming riverfront is a sight to behold as Venetian-style gondolas idly make their way downstream offering romantic rides to those interested in exploring more of Providence.

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Driving from Hartford, Connecticut to Providence, we were able to explore some of Rhode Island’s off the beaten path locations but we would love to head back and experience more of this beautiful state. Of course, the location makes this a perfect spot to explore more of North-East USA.


Thanks to Jamie for sharing her thoughts and experiences on her home state of Rhode Island.

In addition to her website highlighted above, you can also follow Jamie on her travels via her social media networks:

As I mentioned, Rhode Island may be the smallest of all 50 US states but that doesn’t mean it’s the least interesting. In fact, as you can see from the above reasons to visit Rhode Island, there is plenty here to keep you occupied rather than thinking about reasons to leave the state.

What are your experiences in Rhode Island? What other towns/cities would you recommend visiting outside of Providence?




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