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Welcome to Providence: A Newcomer's Tour

"...having, of a sense of God's merciful providence unto me in my distress, called the place Providence... I desired it might be for shelter of persons distressed of conscience."

-Roger Williams, Founder of Providence

Providence is a perfect blend of the community feel of a small town and the urban sophistication of a big city. This tour introduces guests to all of the essentials of the city, including an overview of Providence and Rhode Island history, architectural marvels, universities, and quirky characters. 

Sights to See:

  • The Rhode Island State House

  • The Roger Williams National Memorial

  • First Baptist Church in America

  • Rhode Island School of Design

  • Providence River

  • The Turk's Head Building

  • The Arcade 

  • Providence City Hall

Photo of downtown Providence, Rhode Island
Statue in  downtown Providence, Rhode Island

Tour Info

  • Meeting Point: Inside the Graduate Hotel Lobby

  • Address: 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI

  • Distance: About 2 miles

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Tour length: About 90 minutes

First Baptist church in Providence, Rhode Island.
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