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 Rhode Island Coast is a great expanse regardless of the states small size. A trip along Rhode Island Sound.
or around the Harbor at Newport will offer seaport views and fishing villages of Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay, tour boats and sightseeing in the harbors
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Ice cream shops, Ice cream shops, antique galleries, and wineries on the Coastal Villages Trail
Rhode Island, Sightseeing On Rhode Island Sound
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's Coast
Rhode Island Sound Sightseeing
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.
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 offers Sightseeing in Newport, Jamestown, and on Rhode Island Sound.
A mansions tour of Newport's summer homes of the 1890s or a vineyard tour north in the farming towns makes a great day trip.