One great way to Sightsee along the coast of Rhode Island is to follow The Coastal Villages Trail.
The old country roads follow Rhode Island Sound from Newport through the tiny villages of coastal Rhode Island that were once home to the Sea Captains of Joshua Slocum's day.   

Start the trip at the Gilded Age mansions of Newport with a mansion tour and then head north through vineyards and farming towns to the Whaling Museum of New Bedford and Fairhaven, MA..
Follow the Rhode Island Coastal Villages Trail and go through some old New England farm country, through tiny settlements where the sea captains of the 1840s had built the Mansard-roofed mansions, buildings that now share their frontage with antique shops, art galleries, farm stands, wine tasting vineyards, and an ice-cream stands
Battleship Cave Fall River
Karla Young's Farm Stand on the Coastal Villages Trail
Herman Melville visited New Bedford's Seamen’s Bethel and gathered detail for his tales of Moby Dick
Allen “Pappy” Manley and wife Nancy run the Alderbrook farm, a family operation since 1898.
Sea Captain Joshua Slocum rebuilt a 37-foot oyster sloop and christened it Spray.  He then set out from Fairhaven on the first ever solo voyage around the world. He wrote  an ingenuous no-frills adventure yarn in vigorous prose sure to please.

To the west of fairhaven, the industrial city of Fall River attracts travelers with its factory outlets and the steel-hulled warships at the floating museum of Battleship Cove. There you can tour the Battleship Massachusetts, the Submarine Lionfish, the Destroyer J P Kennedy, two PT boats, and a Russian guided-missile cruiser.
The spirit of the Rhode Island Coast was expressed by Sea Captain Joshua Slocum, who at the turn of the last century started and ended his first ever solo voyage around the world in Rhode Island Sound.
In his book Captain Joshua Slocum simply told what forces drove him to sail alone around the world in a thirty seven foot sloop, the first ever to sail solo around the world.  
He brought the boat into
the Harbor at Newport at the end of his journey.
Courage and freedom exude from the pages of the book that he wrote about his journey.   While we might not be able to sail around the world like Joshua Slocum  did, we can still visit the seaports and fishing villages of Rhode Island Sound and go sightseeing in the harbors where Sea Captains like Slocum lived and worked.  
Cliffwalk Newport Rhode Island
Ice cream shops, Ice cream shops, antique galleries, and wineries  on the Coastal Villages Trail
Rhode Island Coast, Sightseeing On Rhode Island Sound
“ I was born in the breezes and I had studied the sea as perhaps few men have studied it, neglecting all else.”
Joshua Slocum
Karla Young cuts flowers for her farm stand in Little Compton
Triverton’s Four Corners offers a cluster of 30 art and craft galleries, a gourmet bakery, ample parking, and Grays Ice Cream stand.
When summer brings the scent of fresh produce on the wind and you find just the right farm stand at just the right time it gets no better. Stop at Karla Young’s Family Farm on Route 71 in
Little Compton and stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables from the 180 acre farm that she and husband Tyler manage.
Nearby, the
Sakonnet Vineyard offers tastings of their wines        .
Former Whaling Village of  Westport
Little Compton Commons
Sailing Narragansett Bay
Rhode Island Sound
Rhode Island Sound  Sightseeing
Jamestown
Newport Harbor
Rhode Island Vineyards
Battleship Cove, Fall River MA.
Home of painter Gilbert Stuart in Jamestown
Fall River attracts travelers with its factory outlets and the steel-hulled warships at the floating museum of Battleship Cove. There you can tour the Battleship Massachusetts, the Submarine Lionfish, the Destroyer J P Kennedy, two PT boats, and a Russian guided-missile cruiser.
Jamestown RI
Newport RI
Cape Cod Biking
Getting to The Coastal Villages Trail: Boston is the nearest large city to The area along Rhode Island Sound and the coastal Villages Trail.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities.
Rental cars are available at the airport. From Boston take Route 93 to Route 24.  to Newport Rhode Island    73 miles.
From the south, New York City is a 130 mile drive on Route I-95 north to Providence.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities.
Rental cars are available at the airport.
Airlines serve Providence RI (Warwick RI.   (
PVD)  TF Green Airport)  and Hartford Conn. (BDL) Bradley International Airport, smaller cities closer to Newport than Boston or NY
Rhode Island's Coast offers Sightseeing On Rhode Island Sound.
Start the trip at the Gilded Age mansions of Newport with a mansion tour and then head north through vineyards and farming towns to the Whaling Museum of New Bedford and Fairhaven, MA..
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