Rhode Island Coast Scenic Drive

Charlestown, Rhode Island

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This 61-mile excursion begins in Westerly on the Connecticut border and roughly follows the Rhode Island shoreline east to Narragansett. Here it works north along Narragansett Bay, crosses the bay to Conanicut Island, and finishes in the famed city of Newport at the southern tip of slender Aquidneck Island. The drive offers pleasant scenery, historic sites and mansions, dense woodlands, rock-rimmed peninsulas, long sand spits and beaches, salt marshes, and a maze of inlets, coves, and harbors. Special attractions: Watch Hill, Misquamicut State Beach, Burlingame State Park, Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, Ninigret Conservation Area, Fort Ninigret, Charlestown, Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, Point Judith, Silas Casey Farm, Gilbert Stuart Birthplace, Conanicut Island, Fort Wetherill State Park, Newport attractions, Cliff Walk, scenic views, hiking, birding, fishing, and historic sites. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving New England

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Scenic Driving New England

by Stewart M. Green (Falcon Guides)

This 61-mile excursion begins in Westerly on the Connecticut border and roughly follows the Rhode Island shoreline east to Narragansett. Here it works north along Narragansett Bay, crosses the bay to Conanicut Island, and finishes in the famed city of Newport at the southern tip of slender Aquidneck Island. The drive offers pleasant scenery, historic sites and mansions, dense woodlands, rock-rimmed peninsulas, long sand spits and beaches, salt marshes, and a maze of inlets, coves, and harbors.

Special attractions: Watch Hill, Misquamicut State Beach, Burlingame State Park, Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, Ninigret Conservation Area, Fort Ninigret, Charlestown, Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, Point Judith, Silas Casey Farm, Gilbert Stuart Birthplace, Conanicut Island, Fort Wetherill State Park, Newport attractions, Cliff Walk, scenic views, hiking, birding, fishing, and historic sites. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Charlestown
Distance: 61
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: South County Tourism Council; Newport County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Driving Directions: Directions to Rhode Island Coast Scenic Drive

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