They don’t call Rhode Island the Ocean State. Surrounded by Connecticut and Massachusetts, this small but quintessential state boasts a spectacular southern shoreline that includes Rhode Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean—and—no wonder—some of the nation’s highest-lit lighthouses. Visit Rhode Islands Beautiful Lighthouse
It’s easy to cover a lot of ground in just a few days in the smallest state of the United States – Rhode Island is only 77 kilometers from north to south and 60 kilometers from east to west.
Visit Rhode Islands Beautiful Lighthouse
Plum Beach Lighthouse
To visit some of the lighthouses, start your tour in Boston, Massachusetts, and drive about 130 kilometers south toward Rhode Island’s West Bay (mainland) through Providence to reach Connaught Island and Jamestown. Along the way, as you cross the Jamestown Verrazano Bridge from the mainland to Conanicut, you’ll catch a glimpse of the Plum Beach Lighthouse, built-in 1897. On a sightseeing tour from Jamestown or Newport.)
Once you reach Jamestown, a quaint island town in the middle of Narragansett Bay, continue to the southern tip of the island. Here, the Beavertail Lighthouse sits in a dramatic setting, with waves crashing onto the cliffs overlooking the bay. The historic landmark has a keeper’s house that dates back to 1856, making it the third oldest lighthouse in the United States. The museum is worth visiting, and there are scheduled tours to the top of the tower as well. If you visit Beavertail Lighthouse at low tide, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the foundations of the nearby Whale Rock Lighthouse, which was almost completely destroyed by a hurricane in 1938.
Before leaving Jamestown, sit down for some fresh seafood at local hotspots such as Jamestown Fish or Chopmist Charlize. Or take a lobster roll to visit the East Ferry Deli, an atmospheric seaside town known as “the yachting capital of the world” before heading 8 kilometers east over the Newport Bridge to Newport.
Dutch Island and Rose Island Lighthouses
As you cross the bridge, you’ll see the Dutch Island Lighthouse, a rectangular brick tower about 13 meters high. You’ll also see the Rose Island Lighthouse, a working lighthouse that dates back to 1869 and sits on a 7-hectare island accessible by ferry from Newport during the summer months. To really experience the lighthouse, you can stay overnight at the first-floor museum or play keeper for a week while staying in the second-floor keeper’s quarters. (Your duties will include raising and lowering the flag each day, listening to the maritime weather, and welcoming visitors day and night.)
Ida Lewis Rock Lighthouse
In Newport, head to the Ida Lewis Rock Lighthouse. Formerly called the Lime Rock Lighthouse, it was built in the mid-19th century atop Lime Rock on the south side of Newport Harbor. The lighthouse now serves as the clubhouse for the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and is within walking distance of downtown.
Castle Hill Lighthouse
End your Rhode Island lighthouse tour with beautiful views of Narragansett Bay from the Castle Hill Lighthouse, on the grounds of the spectacular Castle Hill Inn. Completed in 1890 on a cliff face, the lighthouse is especially beautiful to be photographed at sunrise or sunset. After touring the grounds, enjoy handcrafted cocktails on an Adirondack chair at the inn and enjoy the good life of Rhode Island.
- Plum Beach Lighthouse
- Beavertail Lighthouse
- East Ferry Deli
- Dutch Island Lighthouse
- Rose Island Lighthouse
- Ida Lewis Yacht Club
- Castle Hill Inn