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Providence, RI: Small-Group Tour with Local Guide

1. Providence, RI: Small-Group Tour with Local Guide

Join in on this delightful guided bus tour around Providence, Rhode Island. Begin your day meeting up with your expert guide and hop aboard a climate-controlled tour bus as you head into the city. Explore some of the most exciting neighborhoods in the state's capital city. Your expert guide will tell you the stories of Providence, the celebrated citizens from here, and its contribution to American history. From Brown University to Federal Hill, you will admire the most beautiful settings in the city and discover places you will want to go back to and explore at your own pace. Along the way, there will be opportunities for you to get out, take pictures, and see things up close. After making your way around town, your tour will conclude where you first met.

From Providence: Day Trip around Rhode Island

2. From Providence: Day Trip around Rhode Island

Marveling at scenic views and learn about the history and culture of the Ocean State on this full-day bus tour. Uncover the things that make Rhode Island so attractive, including the quaint New England villages, scenic islands, magnificent beaches, picturesque lighthouses, and spectacular mansions. Start your day meeting up with your expert guide and hop aboard a climate-controlled tour bus as you embark on this full-day journey. Explore the smallest state in America, at 48 miles long and 37 miles wide. Begin in historic Providence and wind your way around the largest estuary in New England. Pass through charming Wickford, stunning Newport, Bristol (deemed America’s most patriotic town), and many other places. Along the way, there will be opportunities for you to get out, take pictures, and see things up close. After a full day of exploration, your tour will conclude where you first met.

Providence: Self-Driving Audio Tour

3. Providence: Self-Driving Audio Tour

Explore Rhode Island's capital city on a self-driving audio tour and discover the city's history, culture, and architecture. Start your self-driving adventure from the Convention Center downtown and head into the historic Federal Hill area, home to both history and the city's best restaurants. Enter the Welcome Gateway, featuring the iconic pineapple, and learn about how this neighborhood grew and changed over the years — including the infamous Macaroni Riots and the secret of the Coin-O-Matic. Continue past the 9-acre park which was a gift from one of the greatest philanthropists in Providence's history. Explore the Wedding Cake House, a 3-story historic house located in the Broadway-Armory Historic District, and other architectural marvels, such as the State House and Barnaby Castle. Finish your tour at the Lippitt House Museum, a National Historic Landmark. It is one of the finest Italianate mansion houses in the state and considered one of the best-preserved examples of Victorian-era houses in the US.

Newport, RI: Guided Day Trip from Providence

4. Newport, RI: Guided Day Trip from Providence

Begin your day trip from Providence by meeting up with your expert guide. Hop aboard an air-conditioned tour bus and set off for Newport. Travel along breathtaking Ocean Drive where you will see and hear the stories behind the marvelous summer homes. Many of these homes are of famous Americans, including the Kennedys, the Vanderbilts, Jay Leno, and Judge Judy. Along the way, explore the cobblestone streets dating back to the colonial era. Take in the picturesque inner harbor of the sailing capital of the United States. Visit a magnificent lighthouse and see the famous Cliff Walk. Discover the interesting stories and fantastic sights of the city with your guide and in your free time on your own. After making your way around the city, your tour will finish back where you first met.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 26 reviews

The bus trip was well organised and our guide was very informative and amusing. It was a nice idea to stop by the Italian Food Market to get some lunch if necessary. We learned much more about Providence by taking the bus trip than we would have on our own.

This was a great experience! It was a bit of a rainy day in Providence so we were still able to see everything in the comfort of our own car. AMAZING!

Our guide wa knowledgeable and witty. We learned a great deal about the history of Providence. I would highly recommend this tour.

Awesome! lots of sites to see and great overviews. We really enjoyed it.

Very knowledgeable guide, good animator and dynamic. Loved it!