A Photography Adventure Weekend-5 Exciting Spots to Photograph Rhode Island

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Are you looking for a photography adventure and a weekend away? May I suggest heading to Rhode Island. When I lived on the east coast, I had the opportunity to visit some great areas-Cape Cod, Maine, Washington D.C. to name a few.  One place I  always wanted to visit was Rhode Island, so one weekend I rented a car and made the trek from New York City to Rhode Island to spend the weekend, sight-see and take pictures. There are so many great places in this small state-here are my top 5 spots to visit and take pictures in Rhode Island. 

1. Newport, Rhode Island


Newport is a seaside town on Narragansett Bay.  This city was absolutely beautiful with so many things to see and do. The first stop was Cliff Walk.  This 3.5 mile path is right along the Atlantic Ocean which boasts great views of the rocky shoreline and historical mansions. I entered the trail at Memorial Blvd. which is an area with a lot of parking and is right by Easton’s Beach.

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Next, I went to Castle Hill Lighthouse. The lighthouse is not open, but it is accessible at the Castle Hill Inn.  This was a breathtaking location and I got there right before the sunset, so I was able to capture these views. Also, a must see is the sunset from Ocean Drive, just minutes from Castle Hill. 

sunset at Castle hill lighthouse

sunset at Castle hill lighthouse

Before I left Newport, I did want to take a drive down Bellevue Avenue, which is primarily residential and includes many mansions built by affluent families such as the Vanderbilt and Astor families. Here is one of my favorites.

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I recommend staying a few miles out of the downtown area, which can get very busy. I stayed in Middletown at the Courtyard by Marriot, which was recently renovated and very convenient to all of the major attractions in Newport.  Also, if you enjoy seafood, I recommend eating at the Mooring Seafood Kitchen which is located in the historic waterfront district. 

2. Mathewson Road, Barrington, Rhode Island

Barrington is a small coastal town about 45 minutes from Newport and 15 minutes from Providence. My favorite place in Barrington was Mathewson Road, which is a road that curves along the Barrington Harbor. It was so peaceful and picturesque. 

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3. Mount Hope Bridge, Bristol, Rhode Island

Bristol is a waterfront town about 30 minutes from Newport and is home to America’s oldest 4th  of July celebration. My favorite place to take pictures was Mount Hope Bridge, which is a part of Route 114 and connects the towns of Bristol and Portsmouth.  This overlook of the bridge can be accessed at Old Ferry Road.

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4. Prospect Terrace Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Providence is the capital of Rhode Island and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The landscape of the city has a mix of both old and new. The best place to see the city is at Prospect Terrace Park, which is located on Congdon Street in the college hill neighborhood.

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view from prospect park

view from prospect park

5. Providence State House, Providence, Rhode Island

The capitol of Rhode Island is Providence and the state house is located between the downtown and Smith Hill sections of the city.  The building is best viewed and photographed from Smith Street (or from Prospect Terrace Park).

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Where are your favorite places to photograph on the East Coast?

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