Travel Planning
Rhode Island
Travel Planning
Rhode Island

Rhode Island at a Glance

Just because Rhode Island is the smallest state in the nation doesn’t mean it isn’t full of exciting adventures for your next vacation. With small coastal towns to visit, historic forts and homes to tour and dramatic coastal scenery to take in, your Rhode Island vacation schedule can fill up quickly. In fact, you might have to start planning your return trip before you even depart.

If you're interested in water sports, the state boasts exceptional fishing and sailing opportunities, as well as beaches that line the Atlantic coast. If you’re more interested in biking and hiking, Rhode Island has miles of trails to explore.

Delve into the state's rich history by visiting its multitude of museums as well as historically significant sites like the Gilded Age mansions in Newport.

With all of these activities and so much more to squeeze into your trip’s itinerary, you’ll quickly discover that Rhode Island is much bigger than you might have believed. The good news is, you won’t have to drive very far to reach your next adventure.

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Popular Places
  • Providence Providence
  • Newport Newport
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Boston-Logan International Airport
  • Regional Airport Theodore Francis Green State Airport
  • Major Airport Theordore Francis Green Memorial State Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather The main concerns, weather-wise, come in winter - when snow and ice storms can occur - and during the summer and fall - when heavy rainstorms can cause damage. There's also the potential for Rhode Island to be affected by storms during the Atlantic hurricane season (June - November).

Safety Concerns Crime rates, overall, are low (particularly violent crime rates). However, in major cities, it's wise to avoid dimly lit streets and areas not frequented by tourists after dark. General precautions like keeping an eye on your valuables, locking your car and being aware of your surroundings are always a good idea.

Health Concerns Health concerns are low in Rhode Island, as they are throughout the United States. Drinking water supplies are safe and communicable diseases are generally limited to milder illnesses, like cold and flu.

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