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Rhode Island is an unforgettable New England destination and a premier travel spot. It combines an innovative arts scene, distinctive cuisine, trendy shopping, exciting nightlife, miles of stunning beaches, and an endless list of things to do, all within a short drive. The potential for growth exists in the expansion of an already vibrant tourism industry, expected employment gains in higher education, and increased convention and gaming opportunities.

5 TOP FACTS

Rhode Island has 400 miles of coastline and 100 public and private beaches that offer countless opportunities for fun in, on and around the water.


59% of the Ocean State is lush, forested land. A nature-lover’s paradise that sees more than 400 species of birds migrate to or through the state during the year


Newport is known as the “Sailing Capital of the World” and is also home to the last remaining intact wooden city in North America.


Home to the world’s largest culinary school, Johnson & Wales University, and abundant fresh, local seafood, Rhode Island has a foodie scene that ranges from sophisticated 5-star cuisine prepared by award-winning chefs to gloriously retro diners and gourmet food trucks.


Rhode Island has many firsts: as the birthplace of religious freedom, we are home to the First Baptist Church in America and Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in America. Slater Mill is the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Rhode Islanders struck an early blow in the war for independence with the Burning of the Gaspee and played host to the wealthiest of America’s Gilded Age with the world-famous Newport Mansions.

Explore Rhode Island’s incredible tourism opportunities at visitrhodeisland.com

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Travel Guide

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