Newport County and East Bay: Places to Explore


  • Bristol

    Midway between Newport and Providence—each a 30-minute drive—patriotic Bristol sits on a 10-square-mile peninsula between Narragansett Bay on its west and Mount Hope Bay on its east. The main thoroughfare... Read more

  • Jamestown

    Surrounded by Narragansett Bay's East and West passages, Conanicut Island comprises the town of Jamestown. About 9 miles long and 1 mile-wide, the island is home to beautiful state parks, historic Beavertail... Read more

  • Newport

    Established in 1639 by a small band of religious dissenters led by William Coddington and Nicholas Easton, the city by the sea became a haven for those who believed in religious freedom. Newport's deepwater... Read more

  • Portsmouth

    Founded by religious dissident Anne Hutchinson, who led a group of settlers to the area in 1638 after being banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Portsmouth is Rhode Island's second-oldest community... Read more

  • Tiverton/Little Compton

    The southeastern corner of Rhode Island was originally inhabited by the Sakonnet tribe, led by Awashonks, a cousin of Metacomet (known as King Philip). The name means "the black goose comes." Tiverton... Read more