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Rhode Island scenic drives are gorgeous for fall foliage or year-round

Find directions for gorgeous scenic drives along coastline and through woods and forests, for year round and especially for fall foliage season. Be sure to visit Rhode Island's scenic drives, foliage drives, scenic highways, National Scenic Byways.

Colt State park
Eastern Rhode Island to Newport via Route 114 -- 28 miles

If you travel from Providence to Newport from the capital city’s back door, you can avoid I-95 and enjoy the sights of several towns, farm fields and vineyards on the east side of Narragansett Bay and the islands of the Bay. Leave Providence by traveling through East Providence on I-954 and then turn off onto Route 114, which will take you through the towns of Barrington, Warren, and Bristol. Along the way, you will pass (and may visit) Blithewold mansion and gardens in Bristol, Colt State Park, a bright and airy information-packed education center of Rhode Island Audubon.
Nearby Points of Interest:
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Colt State Park
Audubon Society of RI Environmental Education Center
Newport Vineyards
Ocean avenue in Newport RI
Ocean Avenue and Fort Adams in Newport -- 10 miles

Along the shoreline Newport, RI Phone:

Length: 10 miles

In the early 1800s many wealthy people from New York and Philadelphia escaped to Newport on Rhode Island during the hot summers. Some of those luminaries of the Gilded Age build the famous mansions -- The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff -- clustered near Bellevue Drive. Today, people drive, walk, and bicycle Ocean Avenue to enjoy dramatic vistas of the waters, islands, and bridges of Newport and neighboring Jamestown. Please watch for the safety of bicyclists; the shoulder on this road is slim.
Nearby Points of Interest: Bannister’s Wharf on America’s Cup Avenue in downtown Newport; Fort Adams State Park, site of the Newport jazz and folk festivals; Breton Point State Park, with wonderful views of Narragansett Bay.
Gilbert Stewart house Rhode Island
Route 4 Southbound to the Rhode Island Beaches – 29 miles

inland route from East Greenwich to Charlestown beaches East Greenwich, Exeter, Carolina, Kingston, RI Phone:

This inland, southbound route takes you very pretty interior towns of southern Rhode Island from I-95 in West Warwick and East Greenwich to Route 1 in Charlestown, mostly via Routes 2 and 112. Route 1 runs parallel to the shore of Long Island Sound and gives access to several beautiful beaches and a saltwater pond. You pass close to Kingston and University of Rhode Island on Route 138.
Nearby Points of Interest:
Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge.
Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge.
Conanicut Island
Conanicut Island

East Shore Road and North Main Road Jamestown, RI Phone:

Conanicut Island, home of the town of Jamestown as well as Beavertail Park, is located in Narragansett Bay between the mainland of southern Rhode Island and Aquidneck Island, home of Newport. Conanicut Island is a long, narrow, north-to-south strip of land, and it is a lovely drive past fields, towns, gardens, and salt marshes, with distant views of the bay, the mainland, and arching bridges. Two parallel north-south roads that travel the length of the island are East Shore Road and North Main Road. Toward the southern part of the island, take Beavertail Road to the magnificent Beavertail Park, with its expansive views of the bay, rocky shores, and lighthouse.
Route 1A

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. Accessible from Route 1 at several points in South County.
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

The Blackstone River, moving from northern Rhode Island to south-central Massachusetts, is an entity of American industrial history. It is the location of the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. This was the country’s first textile mill, made with technology imported secretly from England. The best way to follow this route is to travel from one regional Visitor Center to the next. They are the Blackstone Valley Visitor's Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, (800-454-2882) and the River Bend Farm Visitor Center, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge, Massachusetts, (508-278-7604).
Intersting points along the route, in addition to Slater Mill Historic Site in Pawtucket, are Lincoln Woods State Park at 2 Manchester Print Works Road in Lincoln and the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, which tells the stories of mill workers here.
Shannock Village Road
Shannock Village Road

Route 112 to Route 2 Richmond to Charlestown, RI Phone:

Length: 2 miles

Shannock Road passes through the town of Charlestown and Shannock Village from Route 2 to Route 112. Along the way, there are beautiful views of homes, farms, and a 1850 textile mill village, a well-preserved example of these communities, including housing for mill workers. Shannock Village itself is on the National Register of Historic Places.