Located about 180 miles away from New York City, Providence, Rhode Island can be a fun road trip destination for the weekend.
Providence is the capital of Rhode Island, as well as one of the oldest cities in the country. You can often hear it called an emerging destination for all travellers who are interested in arts, culture, and food, and shopping.
Back in the year 2014, it was even ranked as America's number one city by the readers of Travel and Leisure. It shouldn't be surprising knowing that the city has everything ranging from great food, exciting bars, and endless curb appeal.
The city is an impressive and incredibly intricate mix of modern and historic attractions, so you definitely need more than a few hours to fully explore Providence, RI. The city features sky-high shopping malls, first-class restaurants, an oasis, an amphitheatre, and many more attractions for all types of travellers.
If the city never been on your radar, here are some good reasons why you should go to Providence, RI at least once in your life.
The food is amazing
In the past few years, the iconic city has seen a surge in the openings of new restaurants and eateries. There is something for every taste.
Rhode Island is also known as “The Ocean State" so its capital is filled with amazing ocean–to–table dining options. If you are a fan of lobsters, then you must pay a visit here in summer.
All around the city, you will find great coffee, succulent pastries, and well-presented mouthwatering meals, at the prices you can afford. A simple and delicious pizza at The Grange or an amazing menu at Birch, this is an ideal place for foodies or anyone who can appreciate a good dish.
The rich art and culture
Providence has rich art and culture, so the city is naturally home to the top art school in the United States, the Rhode Island School of Design.
If you have a deep appreciation for fine art, designing, painting, and exhibitions, then you must visit the RISD museum. The RISD museum is home to more than 92,000 objects of international importance such as paintings, sculptures and many more.
The Providence Performing Arts Centre is a place where you can find Broadway-style shows and orchestra concerts. Once this place used to be a movie theatre, now it is a multi-use centre for all forms of art and culture.
The festivals and events
Every year the city becomes home to some of the greatest festivals and cultural events.
The city features a grand WaterFire which is an annual event created by the local artist Barnaby Evans. This is an amazing experience that draws hundreds and thousands of visitors to the city every year.
There is also an annual Foo Fest block party that features 12 hours of live performances such as art, music, dance performances, friends and family activities, and food with drinks.
Halloween in the city features hundreds and thousands of illuminated and carved pumpkin display most probably in a woodland setting at the Roger Williams Park Zoo. It is definitely a sight to see.
Lastly but not least, walking in the old streets of the city is always a great pleasure if you enjoy a bit of architecture.
The old buildings from the early 20th century with beautiful facades and details will surely catch your attention and you won't be able to ignore their breathtaking beauty and uniqueness.
The Brown University campus side and many more areas around it are great sites for observing the old architecture. The city also has the oldest indoor mall in the country where you can go shopping and observe the interior while at it.
And here you have it! Providence, RI is one of the most charming travel destinations right now and it would be a crime not to visit it if you get a chance.
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