Part of the New England region of the north eastern states, Rhode Island is also the smallest, eight least populated of the 50 United States. With a stunning coast that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, Rhode Island has a number of sandy beaches just a stone’s throw away from a number of larger cities. Affectionately known as the Ocean State (or Little Rhody), Rhode Island is also well known for Brown University and the Roger Williams Park. When making your travel arrangements for the United States, remember to fill out your ESTA registration, at least 72 hours before you are due to travel, once approved you’ll be permitted entry into the country for up to 90 days.
Enjoy a leisurely drive along the dramatic Atlantic shoreline complete with views of the ocean, beaches and mansions. There are plenty of opportunities along the way to stop, breathe in the sweet air and take photographs. The best part is that the attraction is completely free (other than your fuel costs of course) and you can take as long or as little as you like to complete the route. There is also free parking at Brenton State Park if you choose to explore some of the area by foot and it’s usually a common area for flying kites.
Built for William K Vanderbilt between 1888 and 1892, he then gave the house to his wife Alva for her 39th birthday. Richard Morris Hunt was the architect tasked with designing the summer house that cost an estimated $11 million, most of which was spent of 500,000 cubic feet of marble. The marble only goes as high as the first floor, but the faux marble effect on the upper floors is so convincing that you wouldn’t know any different. There are a number of publicly open mansions in the area that are worth visiting, but this is among the very best.
Roger Williams Park Zoo
One of the oldest zoo’s in the USA, Roger Williams is home to a number of rare and amazing species including the African elephant, giraffes, moon bears, flamingos and timber rattlesnakes, all of which are in enclosures that natural and realistic to their natural habitat. As well as animal exhibitions, the zoo offers educational programmes, suitable for young and old alike, as well as seasonal events like the Jack O Lantern Spectacular throughout the Halloween season. Roger Williams Park Zoo also participates in a conservation and breeding programme to ensure the future survival of endangered species.