Checklist: Providence, Rhode Island

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Checklist: Providence, Rhode Island

If the free thinking preacher Roger Williams knew how Providence—the colony he founded after his exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony—turned out, it’s certain that he would be pleased with its continuous innovation.

The capital of Rhode Island has a lot going on: a buzzing culinary and cultural scene; a vintage clothing market; renowned higher education institutions (among them, Brown, Rhode Island School of Design, Johnson & Wales, Providence College and Rhode Island College); and, above all, a sense of community with just enough urban grit.

The same goes for its sections. Providence’s East Side has many green spaces, quirky sections like Thayer Street, and the neighborhood of College Hill, which contains historic homes dating from the 18th century onward. Federal Hill still maintains its Italian-American heritage while now having other types of restaurants and businesses as neighbors.

Much of Providence can be seen on foot. As for how to get here, your options include Interstate 95 or Amtrak. Or even by ferry, with a seasonal service offered by Seastreak from Providence to Newport. So, to get started with your visit, here are some places bridging the city’s interesting past with its thriving present.

Michele is a travel/lifestyle writer who got over her fears and picky eating habits to immerse herself in destinations as far as Fiji, to date. Her work has been featured on Yahoo Travel, ShermansTravel, Budget Travel, and Epicure & Culture.