Rhode Island shows its brightest colors in October. Western and northern Rhode Island are heavily wooded. Blackstone Valley region includes Slater Mill, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America. The Blackstone Valley Explorer riverboat offers cruises into mid-October.
Beautiful foliage will be on display at Roger Williams Park and Zoo in Providence; and at Blithewold Mansion & Gardens in Bristol. In South County, a great scenic drive is Route 1 and 1A from Westerly to Wickford.
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Find directions and tips for great views and attractions on the drive tours described below.
This winding drive that offers fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Fort Adams State Park. Tip: If you are making the drive on sunny afternoon travel Ocean Drive beginning at the Fort Adams end to avoid glare from a setting sun.
Brake for Farm Stand! If you want to make a side trip out of Newport to the neighboring town of Middletown, head for Sweet Berry Farm on Mitchell’s Lane for pick your own apples and other treats.
Driving the roads of this island town will provide spectacular scenery of Narragansett Bay, rolling fields, historic homes and the quaint village center in Jamestown. Enjoy meandering and don't worry about getting lost. Side trip: at the end of Southwest Avenue, take Beavertail Road to Beavertail State Park, located on a spur of land southwest of the main body of the island.
This drive will take you around portions of the Scituate Reservoir, the pristine water source for much of Rhode Island. Access to the shoreline and water is not allowed. See detailed driving directions below.
Brake for Farm Stand! Salisbury Farm at Pippin Orchard Road and Plainfield Pike in Johnston is a multi-generational farm that celebrates fall with pumpkins, a corn maze; hay rides on the weekends; and a farm stand with strawberries, sweet corn, raspberries, pumpkins, hay and straw, and decorations.
Route 1A is a delightful, scenic diversion from US Route 1. The road meanders along the coves and inlets, affording riders with views of water and the countryside. It is accessible from Route 1 at several points in South County. The following directions begin in Westerly, at the state's extreme southwestern corner. See detailed driving directions below.
This route will take you past scenic farmland and the historic site of the University of Rhode Island.