Providence is located just 34 miles inland from Newport, about a 40 minute driving time. It is the Capital of Rhode Island, a city that dates back to 1636, and located at the top of Narragansett Bay, where the Providence River runs into the Bay. The City is one of the oldest cities in the United States and during the 1800’s and early 1900’s it became a big industrial manufacturing city, one of its biggest industries being silverware.
While there is still manufacturing happening in the City, the newer technologies, health and educational businesses are the main industries these days, with the City focussed on generating new jobs through innovation, and re-generating the city and its history.
The City, like most of the North East can be very cold, and sometimes freezing during the winter, so the best times to visit is in the warmer months.
There are a number of things to see in Providence, and these are some of them –
Providence is known for its Italian culture and restaurants – and some of the best places for food, shopping and activity are at De Pasquale Plaza, Thayer Street and Federal Hill around Alwelli Avenue.
I hope you enjoy your stay in Newport and Providence in Rhode Island. There are also many small towns too, and sometimes these even prove to be just as interesting.