A sailboat in the water near Newport Bridge at twilight.

Rhode Island Travel Planning: When to Go

Rhode Island has appeal in every season. Autumn means brilliant red and orange foliage, apple picking, and hayrides; spring is an excuse to seek any of over two dozen state parks; summer is for beaches; and winter calls for cozying up in seaside B&Bs.

The village of Stonington on Deer Isle.

Deer Isle and Isle au Haut Travel Planning

Isle au Haut is a remote section of Acadia National Park that’s raw and rugged, beautiful, even breathtaking in parts, a place where it’s easy to feel far removed from civilization. Nearby is Deer Isle, a colony of artists and artisans inspired by these landscapes.

Volunteers doing shoreline cleanup at Misquamicut State Beach.

8 Best Rhode Island Beaches

Rhode Island may be tiny, but it contains over 400 miles of coastline, along which you’ll find over 100 public and private beaches. If sunbathing and swimming are on your agenda but you’re not sure where to begin, here are the best Rhode Island beaches for families, for solitude, for surfing, and more.

The rocky coast of the Schoodic Peninsula.

Planning Your Time on the Schoodic Peninsula

World-class scenery and the relative lack of congestion, even at the height of summer, make the Schoodic Peninsula a special Acadia destination. Here’s a look at getting around, the biggest attractions, and the small towns dotting the peninsula.

View towards Bar Harbor from Cadillac Mountain.

10 Best Outdoor Activities in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park sprawls everywhere on Mount Desert Island. From ranger programs and hikes to natural wonders and the perfect place to stop for a re–energizing snack, here are the 10 best activities to get you outdoors in Acadia National Park.

Robinson Point Light. Photo © Hilary and Tom Nangle.

Acadia’s Regional Lighthouses

The best known of the Acadia region’s coastal beacons is Bass Harbor Head Light, accessible to the public during daylight hours. Here are the other still-operating lighthouses in the Acadia region. All are automated; most are accessible only by boat. Sadly, none of the light towers are accessible to the public, but most of the grounds and some nearby buildings are.

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