In a small state dominated by coastline, you should expect a very different but still rewarding fall foliage experience in Rhode Island than you would in northern New England. Following are a couple of the more popular Rhode Island Fall Foliage drives.
Drive Through the Blackstone River Valley
This drive takes you roughly 40 miles through the beautiful Blackstone River Valley (see map below). This drive is easily accessible from Providence and makes for a wonderful fall foliage drive. Be sure to take in the Great Road Historic District in Lincoln where you will see historic homes, mills, taverns and more.
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Ocean Drive, Newport
While it is only 10 miles long, Ocean Drive in Newport makes for a very nice fall foliage drive. It also offers a myriad of options for other “side trips”, such as:
- Take in the foliage at Fort Adams State Park
- Visit Newport’s famous mansions
- Visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame
- Take a walk on the cliff walk
- Visit one of the area’s wineries – Newport Vineyards in Middletown or Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton
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Route 1A Along the Coast from Westerly East
This trip takes you along Rhode Island’s beautiful coast line along Route 1A up to 138 where you can head over the Jamestown Bridge into Newport for the Ocean Drive drive, or continue on 1A on into Wickford on Wickford Harbor. Along the way sites that you can see include:
- You can divert of of 1A to Watch Hill to take in the Flying Horse Carousel, tied as the oldest operating Carousel in the United States. You can also take in the Watch Hill Lighthouse.
- You may also want to take in the Point Judith Lighthouse in Point Judith.
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