Big-city sophistication with small-city charm: Providence has the best of both worlds. The capital city’s thriving arts community, prestigious academic institutions Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, renowned restaurant scene, and revitalized Downtown make it an exciting place to be. And Providence’s convenient location, close to Boston without being too close, warrants a stop on any New England tour.
The city underwent a renaissance in the 1990s when the two rivers that merge to form the Providence River were uncovered and moved to create Waterplace Park, now the setting for the popular summer evening series of bonfires on the river known as WaterFire. The relocation of Interstate 195 has again changed the city’s landscape, leading to the impressive new Providence River Bridge, reconnecting Downtown and the Jewelry District, and allowing improvements to India Point Park.