Welcome to Northern Rhode Island! A great place to visit, dine and explore. Rhode Island (also known as The Ocean State) is rich in history and offers visitors many unique opportunities.
Rhode Island is one of the United States most accessible states of all 50 states primarily due to our close proximity to our neighboring states. Boston is less than 50 miles away from our northern border and Hartford is less than 50 miles from our southern border. New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and other New England cities are very accessible from Rhode Island.
Rhode Island, or as some like to call it, ”Little Rhody”, is the smallest (only 1200 square miles) of all 50 states and is densely populated and highly industrialized. There are very rural areas as well as booming metropolis areas in Providence and Newport.
Rich in history, Rhode Island was the last state to declare independence from Great Britain in May 1776. Our active preservation societies have ensured that the most historic landmarks throughout the state will endure for decades to come.
Whether you’re looking for day excursions, water sports, outdoor activities, indoor fun, exploring, shopping, dining, theater or other activities, check out our membership directory or visit our tourism partners to find out what’s happening in and around Rhode Island.
While you are visiting Rhode Island, consider us your source for information and resources.
Welcome to the Ocean State, enjoy your stay!
Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
Visit Rhode Island
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