It may only take 45 minutes to drive from one end of Rhode Island to the other, but in between lies a considerable number of tourist attractions such as wide sandy beaches, parklands, dynamic cities and numerous historical sights. Rhode Island’s capital Providence was extensively renovated in the 1990s and now shines in new splendor. Tourists will find beautifully landscaped footpaths and footbridges designed to evoke a bit of Venice. The attraction for those interested in water sports is the sailing mecca of Newport, where the season is all year round. The attractive port with a colonial past is close to beautiful white sandy beaches. Despite its small geographic size, Rhode Island has made some landmark policy decisions. Rhode Island, for example, was the first US state to declare independence from Great Britain on May 4, 1776, after also being the first state to enact an abolitionist law in 1774.
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Arriving by plane
Providence Airport (website: www.pvdairport.com) offers connections to all major US cities. Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) buses 12, 14, 20, and 66 go to the city center. Peter Pan coaches travel to the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire and Maine. Shuttles, rental cars, taxis, limousines.
Arrival by car
From New York there are Greyhound services to New Haven, Hartford and Providence. More information from Greyhound (website: www.greyhound.com).
Arrival by train
Amtrak lines run from Washington DC to Boston via New York and Providence. Additional information from Amtrak (website: www.amtrak.com).
Passport and visa regulations
Entry with children
Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.
Providence/Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
10 Memorial Boulevard
US-02903 Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 456 02 00, (800) 233 16 36 (toll free within the US).
http://www.goprovidence.com Newport County Convention & Visitors Bureau
23 America’s Cup Avenue
US-02840 Newport, Rhode Island
(401) 845.91.23 or (800) 326.60.30 (toll free within the US).
http://www.discovernewport.org Block Island Tourism Council
40 Center Road
US-02807 Block Island, Rhode Island
(401) 466 24 74, (800) 383 24 74 (toll free within the US).
http://www.blockislandinfo.com Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
175 Main Street
US-02680 Pawtucket, Rhode Island
(401) 724 22 00, (800) 454 28 82 (toll free within the US).
http://www.tourblackstone.com Discover New England
c/o Get It Across Marketing
(including inquiries from the travel industry)
(0221) 47 67 12 11.
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