About Warwick, RI
Located on the historic Pequot trail, Warwick, Rhode Island is the site of the first shot fired in the American Revolution, during the burning of the revenue schooner Gaspee on the shore of Pawtuxet village in 1772, and was also the home of Revolutionary War general Nathaniel Greene, second-in-command to George Washington. Warwick was also home to General George Sears Greene, a Civil War hero of the Battle of Gettysburg, and has a rich military, nautical, and industrial history. Thanks to the advent of the Warwick railroad and trolley service in the 19th century, Warwick's Conimicut shore became a fashionable summer resort for the more affluent citizens of nearby Providence, Rhode Island, and Warwick now features over 150 restaurants, as well as museum and historical sites, including the Warwick Museum of Art and two historical lighthouses.
Warwick is home to the T.F. Green Airport and a mere 10 minutes away from Rhode Island's state capital and cultural center, Providence.
About Providence, RI
One of the first cities established in the United States, and the third-largest city in New England, Providence is located on the Narragansett Bay, at the mouth of the Providence River. Founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Providence became a significant manufacturing center during the 19th century, and features the second-largest deepwater seaport in New England.
Having experienced a cultural and economic renaissance in the 1970s, Providence is now home to a plethora of visitor attractions, such as the Bank of America outdoor skating rink across from the historic Providence Biltmore hotel, the Waterplace Park amphitheater and river walks along the banks of the Providence River, the 1.4 million ft Providence Place Mall, and a variety of fine restaurants both downtown and nearby in the world-famous Italian district of Federal Hill - Providence is reputed to have the highest number of restaurants per capita of any city in the United States. Providence also hosts the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, which features the twentieth-largest art collection in the country.
Nearby, the Rhode Island State House boasts the fourth-largest unsupported dome in the world (the second-largest marble dome after St. Peter's Basilica in Rome), and the city's East Side neighborhood is home to the largest contiguous area of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States, with many pre-revolutionary houses. The city is also home to the Providence Athenaeum, the fourth-oldest library in the United States, which was previously frequented by gothic literary giants Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.
Served by the T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Providence has Greyhound and Peter Pan bus service available through Kennedy Plaza downtown, and Amtrak and MBTA Commuter Rail service a few blocks away, plus the Providence LINK system of tourist trolleys throughout the downtown area.