In Rhode Island, the fall foliage peaks around the third and fourth week in October, which is almost here. You can start your tour in Providence, strolling through the hills around Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, enjoying the sights and sounds of the students bustling about the winding hills, and let's not forget the foliage. A quaint park perched on a hill overlooking the city is a perfect place to get some photos. You can head over to Prospect Terrace to capture some photos and rest from the walking. There are plenty of places to stop and get a bite around Thayer Street and Wayland Square.
From there you can head down the hill to Waterplace Park, a scenic four-acre park where the Woonasquatucket and Moshassuck rivers come together. The trees along the downtown RiverWalk uniquely juxtapose modern buildings with historical architecture amid the bustling din of a capital city. Shopping and dining is never far away in Providence, so you will have plenty to do if you get tired of looking at the trees (yeah right.)
From downtown you can hop in your car and head south on 95 to Roger Williams Park. This city park encompasses 435 acres and has more than eight miles of winding roads. It also includes Roger Williams Park Zoo, 10 small lakes, a Japanese garden and a botanical garden. While you're there you can visit the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, an artistic and mysterious display of hundreds of carved pumpkins throughout the zoo, scheduled through November 3. You'd definitely be able to spend hours here.
From Providence you can head south to Warwick and Goddard Memorial Park. This is a 472-acre park where you can find more than 60 different species of trees, which makes for some wonderful colors. You can find a spot to rest and take in the view on one of their more than 300 picnic tables, or stroll through the woods on their walking paths. The park also includes a nine-hole golf course.
Another great location for you avid LPs out there is Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum. This manor sits on 33 acres of beautifully manicured flowers, shrubs, and trees. Some of the trees planted in this area date back to the 1870s! After strolling through and looking at the more than 2,000 species of vegetation, you can sprawl out on the "Great Lawn" overlooking Narragansett Bay and have a picnic. Blithewold holds many events on their lawn where people are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
These are just a few of the many areas in Rhode Island for LPs to check out. You can also head up to Blackstone Valley, full of small town charm, or you can drive down to Newport to see the grand mansions set among the trees.
Wherever you decide to peep this fall, be sure to share your pictures with us on Facebook!