Why you should visit Providence, Rhode Island

1. You can get here from there.  With easy access from Route 95, high-speed train service, an award-winning airport and a waterfront location, Providence is easily accessible by car, plane, train and boat.

2. We’ve got flavor.  Providence is home to Johnson & Wales University, the world’s largest culinary educator and plenty of those graduates stick around.  Among foodies, Providence is known as a red-hot destination and has been featured in magazines such as Food & Wine and Saveur.

3.  This town is on fire.  During the warm weather months, tens of thousands of people converge on WaterFire. This series of bonfires installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence entices with aromatic wood smoke, flickering firelight and enchanting music.  National Geographic Traveler named it one of the 20 “must see” events in the U.S.

4. We walk the walk. Providence’s safe and compact downtown area makes it an extremely walkable city.  Great restaurants, elegant hotels, stellar shopping, a vibrant nightlife, and plenty of family fun are all within blocks of each other. 

5. It’s a smart choice.  Providence is home to seven colleges and universities, including Brown University, Providence College and the Rhode Island School of Design.

6. You’re probably almost here already.  About 25 percent of the population of the United States lives within 500 miles of Providence.

7.  We make history.  Providence is more than 370 years old, with scores of immaculately preserved Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian homes and buildings. The first Baptist church in the United States is located in Providence, as is the Gilbert Stuart painting of George Washington that is featured on the one dollar bill.  

8. We appreciate the arts. Home to the famous Rhode Island School of Design and a staunch supporter of the arts, the City of Providence has become a haven for artists and entertainers.  With the largest number of working artists in the country, Providence boasts an eclectic mix of galleries, theaters and museums. 

9. We make headlines.  Providence frequently places at the top of Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Favorite Cities” poll, earning the top spot in 2015.  In 2016, the New York Times named the city on of the 52 “Must See Destinations” in the world for that year.  Most recently, SmarterTravel.com named Providence “One of the 10 Must-Visit Hotspots for 2017.”

10. We don’t mind if you leave – as long as you come back.  Centrally located, the Providence is the perfect launching pad for a day trip.  Entertainment opportunities, culture events, scenic beauty, rich history and legendary beaches can be found throughout Rhode Island, nearby Massachusetts, and Connecticut.