Hidden Travel Gems of Rhode Island

Beyond the typical tourist sights, most travel destinations have several “hidden gems,” which are often worthwhile to explore or to investigate even though they are not listed in the guide books.

Rhode Island is no exception. After travelers tour Providence and Newport, they should spend another day or two discovering these off-the-beaten-track sights.

1. Slater Mill, Pawtucket — the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the United States was witnessed here.

Old Slater Mill

2. Gilbert Stuart Home, North Kingstown — Famous as the artist who painted the best known portrait of George Washington, Gilbert Stuart’s home is classic rural Rhode Island.

Gilbert Stuart Home

3. Narragansett Town Beach — Walk along the wall watching surfers or just admiring the lovely rocky coastline; stop for a drink or snack at the Coast Guard House; or browse the shops across the street in the plaza. These are all pleasant activities enjoyed by all in this delightful community.

The Towers, Narragansett

4. Westerly — This seaside community in the far southwestern corner of the state sports lovely Victorian homes, an attractive and lively city park (Wilcox Park), and a downtown which aches to be explored.

Westerly Library

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