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The Cliff Walk is a trail that dates back centuries alongside the Atlantic Ocean and some of Newport, R.I.'s most beautiful mansions. (March 27, 2013)

Rhode Island

Though it only takes about an hour to drive across Rhode Island, the states boasts plenty of historic and outdoorsy things to do.

The Gen. Ambrose Burnside House is among the
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The Gen. Ambrose Burnside House is among the many historic homes along the mile-long Benefit Street. (July 15, 2013)

Crowds gather along the riverfront to watch the
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Crowds gather along the riverfront to watch the WaterFire art installation in Providence, R.I. Bonfires are lit along the rivers of downtown more than a dozen nights each year. (May 27, 2006)

The Cliff Walk is a trail that dates
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The Cliff Walk is a trail that dates back centuries alongside the Atlantic Ocean and some of Newport, R.I.'s most beautiful mansions. (March 27, 2013)

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A runner exits a tunnel that is part
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A runner exits a tunnel that is part of the Cliff Walk, a walking trail that dates back centuries alongside the Atlantic Ocean and some of Newport, R.I.'s most beautiful mansions. (March 27, 2013)

One of the oldest private libraries in the
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One of the oldest private libraries in the country, the Providence Athenaeum, in Providence, R.I., dates to 1753. (July 15, 2013)

Housed in a Greek Revival-style granite building that
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Housed in a Greek Revival-style granite building that neighbors Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, the Providence Athenaeum, in Providence, R.I., dates to 1753. (July 15, 2013)

Brown University students Nicha Ratana-Apiromyakij, left, and Nick
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Brown University students Nicha Ratana-Apiromyakij, left, and Nick Melachrinos talk amid the stacks at the Providence Athenaeum, which dates to 1753, making it one of the oldest private libraries in the country. (July 15, 2013)

Housed in a Greek Revival-style granite building that
(Credit: AP)

Housed in a Greek Revival-style granite building that neighbors Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, the Providence Athenaeum, in Providence, R.I., dates to 1753. (July 15, 2013)

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