We anticipate the foliage season in Providence to run from late September to early November. Peak foliage should occur around the third week in October with good viewing for the Columbus Day weekend.
Are there areas, vistas, scenic lookouts or other destinations within Providence, Rhode Island that are known for their uniquely beautiful fall foliage displays?
The tree-lined vista from Prospect Terrace is exhilarating. The view affords a panoramic picture of the Providence skyline and is set in the historic East Side of Providence.
What are the local and regional roads or highways that are favorite scenic routes for fall tourists?
Rhode Island is a uniquely small state and several roads throughout the state are perfect for peeping. The Rhode Island Tourism Division has a great statewide map and driving route available for download at visitrhodeisland.com.
Historic Benefit Street boasts an entire neighborhood on the national historic register, first paved in 1756 for the “benefit” of colonial residents. Flanked by a canopy of leafy trees, the street is neatly lined with architecture, art and history.
The trees along the downtown riverwalk uniquely juxtapose modern buildings with historical architecture amid the bustling din of a capital city.
What festivals or other public events are taking place during the fall foliage season?
The popular WaterFire has delighted thousands of fans this summer and runs through Columbus Day Weekend.
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular once again returns to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, promising hundreds of professionally carved pumpkins and sensational seasonal sights. From October 6-30, the walkways and trails of the zoo will be transformed into a magical and mysterious display of artistry and adventure.
Are there historic or cultural sites that are popular destinations for fall foliage travelers? What are they?
The Providence Athenaeum, the Rhode Island State House, the John Brown House and Brown University are popular historical sites. The Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design is a must-see cultural attraction.
What are some other popular tourist attractions for autumn travelers to Providence, Rhode Island. What are some of the less well known, but much loved local attractions?
The Roger Williams Park Zoo is a great attraction for families. The Federal Hill neighborhood (Providence’s Little Italy) is a diverse enclave of award-winning restaurants, shops and galleries. The Culinary Arts Museum is a mouthwatering museum for food fans.
Are there favorite destinations for history, literature, architecture buffs, or antique collectors? What are they?
The aforementioned Providence Athenaeum and architecture along Benefit Street are impressive architectural gems. The First Baptist Church in America is a remarkable piece of American architecture and history. The Roger Williams National Memorial Park is one of the nation’s smallest national parks, but boasts an impressive claim to history as one of the country’s first settlements. The Rhode Island Historical Society is a tremendous resource for all things historical in Providence and beyond.
What are some favorite destinations or activities of families traveling during the Fall travel season?
The zoo, the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Providence Children’s Museum are the most popular attractions for families.
What are some helpful resources for discovering local inns, bed and breakfasts, lodges, boutique hotels, and other local lodging and dining?
The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau is the perfect resource for visits of any length and purpose. The talented staff at the Visitors Center is always ready to help craft the perfect Providence experience. There are great lodging options that run a wide array of price points. Visit goprovidence.com or call (800) 233-1636 for more information.
Is there anything else you would like to tell visitors thinking about traveling Providence, Rhode Island for the fall foliage season?
Providence, Rhode Island is a remarkable American capital city. It’s convenient location, affordability and manageable size makes the city ideal for a hub-and-spoke destination and perfect for a fall getaway. See for yourself why the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine named Providence one of the top cities in the country to visit this fall.
Special thanks to Mr. Hodge of Providence Warwick CVB for granting us this interview.