The Blackstone River Bikeway in Rhode Island. © Srs5694
Once reserved as the resort for the rich, Rhode Island, smallest
of the US states, is today a favourite east coast getaway,
particularly for Bostonians and New Yorkers, being only 60 miles
(97km) and 180 miles (290km) respectively from those major
The state capital is the city of Providence, lying at the
northern point of narrow Narragansett Bay about 30 miles (48km)
from the open ocean. Both Providence and the southerly city of
Newport have a fascinating colonial history well worth
investigating via the local attractions, while the little resort
island of Block, about an hour by ferry from the southern town of
Point Judith, is an unspoilt and well-preserved paradise.
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