You believe travel not only involves transporting the body, but letting your mind wander to faraway places as well. During your next sojourn to Providence, Rhode Island, mentally wander to the revolutionary days of America’s past and think about what it would be like to live a life completely different from your own. The city is bursting with colonial history and packed with inspiring Victorian architecture that will have you sauntering around wide-eyed trying to soak it all in. The best way to see it all is by staying at cheap hotels in downtown Providence. Not only can you roam the streets of the city, admiring over 1,200 acres of public parks, but as you walk through Providence’s downtown district, your mind will soar to the days of its early development – the streets were practically designed for dreamers like you to lose themselves on the bustling sidewalks. Although you’re certainly eager for your journey to begin, you might have a few questions about what to do when you arrive in the Renaissance City. Fear not, wanderer, as we have all the answers you seek.
Ah, the age-old question of where to eat upon arrival. Rhode Island has several signature dishes that locals loyally feast upon, many of which can be found near Providence downtown hotels. Take the New York System wiener, for instance: a traditional hot dog covered in beef sauce and topped with onions. The dish sounds simple, but once you take a bite you’ll dream of sunny days spent on the shore as a child. Speaking of the coastline, Providence’s downtown culinary scene makes the best of their abundance of seafood. Quahogs, or large hard-shell clams, are used in a variety of dishes, the most notable being stuffies. Stuffies are comprised of quahogs, bread crumbs, spicy sausage, and a variety of seasonings that are combined together and baked, forming a crab-cake-like patty that is served inside the quahog’s shell. You’ll savor it to the last bite.
For family-minded travelers, there are many hotels available near kid-friendly attractions, such as the Omni Providence Hotel or Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel. The Crescent Park Looff Carousel is just 10 miles away from downtown, and its colorful horses and lighthearted music will have your children beaming. The carousel was constructed in 1895, proving that relics of the past can still delight the youth of present day. Another worthwhile attraction with a rich history is the Roger Williams Park Zoo, which opened in 1872. As one of the oldest zoos in the nation, the facility is full of exotic animals and interesting information about wildlife conservation that will intrigue and inspire travelers of all ages.
Your amblings through Providence will take your body and mind on an unforgettable journey. As you stroll past the Rhode Island State House and imagine the many conversations that have happened inside its hallowed walls, take satisfaction in knowing there are a plethora of nearby downtown Providence hotels for your choosing. On your next vacation, spend afternoons letting your feet tour the city streets and evenings allowing your mind to unwind while comfortably tucked inside your accommodation.