The capital of the US state of Rhode Island, Providence is one of the most enticing cities for visitors in the whole of New England. Its location on the North Atlantic coast coupled with the city’s almost secluded nature makes it an ideal place to stay for anyone wanting to explore New England without finding yourself stuck in massive crowds of people. As one of the oldest cities in the US, Providence has a huge number of historical sites to see inside-out, not to mention many examples of colonial-era architecture which date back to the 17th century. Being the state capital, Providence has more than its fair share of cultural and sporting venues, boasting numerous museums, galleries and concert halls.
Purely for coping with the tightly-packed and gridded streets in most of the suburbs of Providence, a small car is an absolute necessity if you want to get around on four wheels.
Driving in Providence
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Important things to note
Downcity Providence is pretty compact, meaning that it could prove difficult for those driving larger vehicles to get around.
The I-95 is the main route going into and out of Providence, although some of other routes including the 146 coming in westbound are pretty handy too.
Both the I-95 and I-195 can get busy, especially during rush hours when people are commuting between Providence and Boston.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) is the best place in the city to catch a Broadway production, concert or even an art-house film. It seats over 3,000 people and is one of the most unique sights in the entire state.
Set in the oldest part of Providence, the Roger Williams National Memorial celebrates the man who first called for freedom of religion in the country. It has several unique exhibits dedicated to Williams as well as a short film screened about his life.
Every summer, Providence SoundSession is a local music festival which is held in the city. Over seven days, a series of gigs are held across several venues, encompassing many acts from a variety of genres and sub-genres.
One of the best venues for live music and sport is the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, an indoor arena which holds over 12,000 people. It stages live ice hockey, basketball and a few conventions, as well as live music from some of the biggest artists on the planet.
T. F. Green Airport is the main airport serving Providence, lying six miles southwest of the city centre. It only provides flights to other destinations in the US, although it does serve over three million passengers a year.
The airport can be reached from T. F. Green Airport Connector Road, which goes west onto the I-95. The interstate will then take you northbound towards the centre of Providence.