Rhode Island's capital city, Providence presents its visitors with some of the finest urban strolling this side of the Connecticut River. In the crisp air and falling leaves of autumn, wander through Brown University's green campus on 18th-century College Hill and follow the Riverwalk into downtown. Along the way you'll have opportunities to lounge in the sidewalk cafe of an art-house theater, dine in a stellar restaurant and knock back a few pints in a cool bar. At night, take in a play at the Trinity Repertory, pass out in a club or eat some 3am burgers aboard the mobile Haven Brothers Diner.
Providence contains several high-profile universities and colleges plus a correspondingly large student population, helping to keep the city's social and arts scenes lively and current. The most notable of these schools are Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Johnson & Wales University, one of the nation's best culinary arts programs, ensures that you'll find excellent restaurants in all price ranges throughout the city.
Providence destination guides
Newport Holiday Mansions Tour
Visit a historic Newport mansion all decked out for Christmas on this lively evening tour. Choose to visit one or two of the following grand Rhode Island mansions: The Breakers, Marble House or The Elms. Your expert guide will share Newport’s rich history with you as you soak in your opulent surroundings.