Although Rhode Island is the smallest state in the nation, it still boasts a healthy assortment of fun and scenic motorcycle routes. As is probably expected from a state that is only 37 miles wide and 48 miles long, most of its roads, though, are pretty short. One of the most popular places to visit in Rhode Island is Newport, which was once a popular summer beach escape for America’s wealthiest families. Today, this city’s streets are still lined with gorgeous, extravagant mansions, some of which are now open to the public.
Riders looking for a curvy road should head over to Breakneck Hill Road, which is a twisty, fun ride. Unfortunately, it is only 1.4 miles long – a mini twisty road for a mini state. Breakneck Hill Road connects Route 146 to Manchester Print Works Road in the town of Lincoln, which is just north of Providence.
Motorcyclists who are interested in seeing how the very rich lived during this area’s Gilded Age, 1865 to 1914, will want to point their bikes toward Newport’s Bellevue Avenue. The gigantic, opulent mansions lining this city’s street are definitely not mere McMansions like the nouveau riche today tend to buy. These are honest to goodness gorgeous huge structures that served as summer “cottages” for the mega-rich families of America. Today, many of these mansions are open to the public, including the 70-room, magnificent The Breakers, which was owned by the Vanderbilt family.
Motorcyclists coming to Newport from the north who would prefer to avoid the traffic jams on I-95 can take Route 102 south to Wickford. From Wickford, motorcyclists will take Route 1A south until they reach Plum Point, where they will turn left onto Route 138. Riders will next have to cross the Claiborne Pell Bridge, which is a very tall suspension bridge that leads straight into Newport. This bridge can either be a highlight or a lowlight of this route, depending on how a motorcyclist feels about riding high in the sky with panoramic views of water all around him. Overall, this route, which takes its riders through some pretty countryside, as well as some picturesque coastal towns and communities, is a pleasant way to get to Newport.
Even though Rhode Island is tiny, it still boasts a surprising 400 miles of scenic coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. US-1 and US-1A, which is also known as Coastal Rhode Island, parallel the Rhode Island coast, passing through charming coastal towns, piney woodlands and past gorgeous beaches and picturesque lighthouses. Riders can pick up US-1A in Saunderstown, which is not far from Newport, and then follow this road to US-1. Motorcyclists continue on this beautiful scenic coastal road until it ends in the Victorian seaside resort, Watch Hill.
Last, but definitely not least is a road for lovers of twisties. Route 44, which stretches for 68 miles between Hartford, Connecticut and Smithfield, Rhode Island, is a hilly, scenic ride that features fun twisties.
In addition to some nice roads, motorcyclists will also find several rallies, shows and rides in Rhode Island, including the Northeast Motorcycle Expo, which is held in Providence. This expo features vendors, celebrity appearances and tons of exhibits.
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