Flights to Providence
Providence is the capital and also the largest city of the state of Rhode Island in north east USA. It is the third largest city in the New England region and though not as famous as cities like Boston, Providence has much to offer the international tourist.
Flights to Providence will land at the nearby T.F. Green Airport (airport code: PVD) in Warwick, just 10 kilometres (6 miles) south of the city. There is public transit available to complete your journey into Providence or take a taxi from outside the terminal building. From South Africa flights to Providence are indirect with one or two stops. Delta Air Lines is the only airline that offers one stop flights to Providence from South Africa. Alternatively travellers can choose from the likes of Air France, Virgin Atlantic Airways, United Airlines, Lufthansa, and South Africa Airways who offer two stop flights to Rhode Island from South Africa. Some travellers may prefer to look at getting a flight to Boston’s international airport instead, as there will be more choice for one stop flights to Boston and this is located only a short distance away.
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The Tourist Attractions in Providence:
Providence is one of the oldest cities in the USA as it was first settled in 1636 and has plenty of history to offer its visitors. Despite becoming a successful industrial town, between the 1950’s and the 1980’s Providence was an undesirable place to both live in and to visit. But from the 1970’s a ‘Renaissance’ began in which the city started to be revitalised, cleaned up, and re-developed into the popular city that it is now today.
Rhode Island Statehouse
Listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, the Rhode Island Statehouse in downtown Providence is an impressive building, featuring a huge self supporting marble dome. This is actually the seventh state house for Rhode Island, and the second to be situated in the city of Providence, and was built between 1895 and 1904. The beautiful architecture does not stop on the outside, as inside there are many more impressive features to see and you can do so Mondays to Fridays.
Old State House
Compared to the newer and current state house, the Old State House is really quite plain! This brick building is more church-like in appearance and was built in 1762. Although plainer in appearance this was an important building, serving as the meeting place for the state legislature for 149 years. Now the building houses the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission.
Other Architecture in Providence
Apart from the old and the new state houses there are many other interesting and historical buildings to be found around the city. Examples include The Arcade – the oldest enclosed shopping centre in the US, City Hall, Biltmore Hotel, and the Federal Courthouse.
You can also see older residential architecture too if you travel a short distance out from downtown Providence. Benefit Street and College Hill have a great range of 18th and 19th century houses and mansions, plus there’s Federal Hill, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city that was popular with the Italians.
Nightlife and Leisure in Providence
Providence’s parks are one of the city’s popular attractions, including Roger Williams Park Zoo, plus there are several theatres to enjoy here. The city is also renowned for a vibrant nightlife that includes several places to enjoy live music.
When Should You Visit?:
Providence has a climate that’s somewhere in between humid subtropical and humid continental giving visitors warm summers and cold winters, with high levels of humidity throughout the year. During the summer, temperatures are warm but not overly so, with an average high in July of 83C (28F). Rainfall can be expected throughout the year, though the winter is wettest.