Walking up to 2 miles total throughout the day; city sidewalks and streets. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 60 miles throughout the day; less than 2 hours total, with stops for field trips.
At the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers alternating choices such as scrambled eggs, breakfast meat, fresh fruit, and pastries such as muffins and bagels, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
After checking out of the hotel, a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS) will join us to explore the East Side of Providence along historic Benefit Street, an architectural showcase with one of the highest concentrations of colonial homes in America. At the First Baptist Church — founded by Roger Williams in 1638 and the oldest Baptist congregation in the country — we’ll have a lecture by a college historian. We’ll also visit the John Brown House Museum, one of two maintained by the RIHS, regarded as the foremost 18th century house in the state.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will take the group to the historic Federal Hill area of the city, one of the oldest Italian neighborhoods on the east coast.
Next, we'll travel to the Rhode Island State House located on Smith Hill in the downtown part of the city. The building is a neoclassical building that houses the Rhode Island General Assembly, the governor of Rhode Island as well as the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and general treasurer. Built in 1895, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While here, we will enjoy a exploration of this beautiful building led by State House staff. We’ll then board our motorcoach for travel to the Newport/Middletown area where we will check into our hotel.
At one of Newport’s fine restaurants, we’ll order plated meals from a select menu with salad, entrée, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages are available for purchase.