Named after one of the most powerful Native American tribes in New England, Narragansett, meaning literally ‘People of the Small Point,’ is the essence of Rhode Island. Surrounded by miles of sandy beaches and punctuated by salt ponds and mudflats, it became a popular beach resort at the end of the 19th century. At this time, large oceanfront hotels were constructed alongside a holiday pier (which was rebuilt in the 1970s) and the Stanford White–designed Towers Casino, of which only the twin towers remain standing. But you’re not here for the architecture.
After you've plunged your person in the chilly Atlantic and baked yourself bronze, head on down Ocean Rd to the pretty village of Point Judith, where there's not much to do other than gorge yourself on the freshly caught bounty of the deep. Sound like a tough day?