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As the smallest state in the US, Rhode Island can be traversed by car in just 45 minutes. But its 400 miles of New England coastline, dotted with sandy beaches and easy to visit with car hire in Rhode Island, have plenty to keep visitors occupied for days on end. The lively capital, Providence, is a dynamic city of museums and entertainment, while Newport, the Ocean State’s second city, is a laid-back waterfront resort with a colonial ambience.
Reliable suppliers such as Enterprise, Budget and National operate in major locations across the state, including Providence, Newport and TF Green Airport, making rental vehicles easy to arrange. Compare car hire before you arrive to secure the best deal.
TF Green Airport, situated six miles south of Providence, receives flights from major cities across the US as well as from Toronto, Canada. Wider flight options are available at Boston’s Logan International Airport, 60 miles to the northeast. High-speed Amtrak trains which run from Boston to New York make a stop in Providence, while Greyhound buses also serve the state. The I-95 is the fastest road route through Rhode Island.
Beware of local drivers who disregard basic road rules such as signaling before turning. Driving, as in the rest of the US, is on the left-hand side and is the most practical way to get around the state. The I-95, which crosses the state, has a posted speed limit of 55mph in urban areas and 65mph in rural areas.
From Providence, it is easy to visit all of the island’s attractions with car rental in Rhode Island. Head for East Greenwich to absorb its historic district or spend the day soaking up the sun on Narragansett beach. Woonsocket has a unique French inspired culture while Newport is a must-visit for those who like the high life, yachting, wining and dining.
Warm, wet summers and cold winters characterise Rhode Island’s climate. Expect highs of 28°C in July and lows of -7°C in January. Perhaps the best time to visit is during the shoulder months of April and May or September and October when temperatures remain comfortable and rain is minimal.