Rhode Island Travel Guide

Rhode Island

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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Rhode Island

Peak Season: July through August

Sun-starved Northerners flood Rhode Island’s 400 miles of coastline during the steamy summer months. Hotel and vacation rentals spike during this short season, but the more than 100 beaches dotting the small state make for worthy warm-weather vacations.

Low Season: January and February

After the holidays, visions of New England’s frigid and unpredictable winters keep tourists away, but the Narragansett Bay’s ocean breezes maintain a relatively mild climate throughout the state. Unless there’s a Nor’easter brewing, expect less snow than the rest of the region and deep discounts at hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Sweet Spot: September and October; May and June

Low humidity, pleasant temps, and smaller crowds bookend the busy family vacation season. Take advantage of wide open beaches and hotel packages that dip below peak summer rates. When fall colors set in, Rhode Island offers leaf-peepers the same brilliant hues as Vermont without the bottlenecked highways.

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