8. East Bay Bike Path

Rhode Island's East Bay Bike Path

The 14.5 long East Bay Bike Path has made “The Rail Trail Hall of Fame,” a distinction given to the best rail trails in the country.

This award comes at no surprise. The East Bay Bike Path is one of the best bike paths I have ever encountered. Not only are the views outstanding (think water on both sides, forests, skylines, and lighthouses), but the ride itself is very peaceful.

Providence skyline as seen from the East Bay Bike Path

Lighthouse seen along Rhode Island's East Bay Bike Path

Beautiful water views along Rhode Island's East Bay Bike Path

Scenic sunset in Bristol, Rhode Island

Because the route follows the former path,the ride is really flat and fast. Apart from 2 hills, the rest of the ride is an enjoyable spring, summer, and fall activity. Being in New England, you know there are going to be a lot of trees. Plenty of shade coverage here for summertime bike rides.

I love this ride. It’s a great way to see a lot of fabulous Rhode Island sights that you may not have encountered otherwise. A definite A+ winner in my book! It’s scenic. It’s free. It’s a great workout! What more can you ask for?

9. Gooseberry Beach

A cloudy spring day at Newport's Gooseberry Beach

Newport has so many fantastic beaches that it can be hard to decide on just one. Gooseberry Beach, located on Newport’s Famous Ocean Drive, is a good place to start. This unique beach is actually a private beach club, however, it is still open to the public.

Stormy spring day at Newport's Gooseberry Beach

Stormy spring day at Newport's Gooseberry Beach

It’s a beautiful beach to visit any time of the year. Obviously, the summer months are more crowded. I prefer the laid-back atmosphere of a spring or fall visit. The dark stormy days on the beach are absolutely amazing!

10. Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge

Pretty water views at Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge - Tiverton, Rhode Island

Nestled away in quaint Tiverton, Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge offers a pleasant, calm setting to take a nature walk. This is great for you as the absence of heavy crowds allows you to experience a peaceful walk through the woods.

The scenery at Emilie Ruecker includes peaceful views of: forests, marshes, and the Sakonnet River. Bird watching opportunities are ample, with Snowy Egrets and Great Egrets frequently spotted in the marsh.

The hiking trails are easy, even for beginners, allowing you to concentrate on the scenery and wildlife as opposed to struggling through a rough workout. Sometimes a peaceful nature walk is all you need.

However, the refuge is also a great place to take a refreshing jog if you feeling like getting a more intense workout in. I often used this beautiful oasis to train for my half marathon. It offered the perfect setting: fresh air, no traffic noise, shade, and most of all: peaceful natural views.