Need to get away, but only for a day? The whole state of Rhode Island has spots well worth a day trip. 

Here are five places to go when you need a few hours outside of Providence. 

Block Island

With hiking paths, ponds and 17 miles of beaches, Block Island has natural attractions outside of its Victorian shops and restaurants. On a warm day, tour the whole island on a bicycle tour. The island also has multiple festivals and events throughout the year. 

Newport

Newport is a well known tourist destination for good reason. Visit gorgeous mansions like the Breakers, Marble House and Rosecliff, which was featured in the 1974 film version of “The Great Gatsby.” Brenton Point State Park has ocean views alongside hiking, picnicking and fishing. Spend time in Newport’s charming downtown for restaurants, museums and bars. 

Jamestown

Only a few miles from Newport, Jamestown hosts ocean views, beaches and the third lighthouse built in the U.S. at Beavertail Lighthouse and Park. On the beach is Clingstone House, an eco-friendly mansion with 360-degree views of the ocean, designed over 100 years ago by J.S. Wharton. 

Blackstone Valley

Situated on the Blackstone River, you can find farms, a train tour and historic sites like the Slater Mills. Take a boat tour through the river for a wider view of the area and end the day at a brewery or Pawtucket Red Sox game. 

Bristol

Bristol is a historic deepwater seaport with multiple museums, kayak trails, farms and more to see. Mount Hope has 127 acres of preserved open space and a year-round Saturday farmer's market. Sept. 14 is Bristol’s second annual State Street Fair and Arts festival, featuring artists, vendors, food and more downtown near the water.