Map Rhode Island State for Printing

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States, but it has a rich history and several notable cities, towns, and ports.

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Here’s a detailed description of some of the main cities, ports, towns, and principal roads in Rhode Island:

  1. Providence:
    • Description: Providence is the capital and the largest city in Rhode Island. It is located in the northern part of the state and sits at the head of Narragansett Bay. Providence is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, with numerous theaters, galleries, and museums. The city is also home to Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
    • Ports: The Port of Providence is a significant deep-water port on Narragansett Bay, handling various cargo, including petroleum products, scrap metal, and general cargo.
  2. Newport:
    • Description: Newport is a historic city located on Aquidneck Island. It is renowned for its well-preserved colonial architecture, including the famous Newport Mansions. The city has a strong maritime history and is known for hosting the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival.
    • Ports: Newport has a harbor that serves recreational boating, and it has a historical waterfront area.
  3. Warwick:
    • Description: Warwick is the second-largest city in Rhode Island and is located in the central part of the state. It has a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial areas. T.F. Green Airport, the state’s main airport, is located in Warwick.
    • Ports: Warwick has a waterfront area, but it is not a major commercial port.
  4. Cranston:
    • Description: Cranston is a city situated just southwest of Providence. It is known for its diverse neighborhoods and parks, including Roger Williams Park. The city has a mix of residential and commercial areas.
    • Roads: Cranston is served by several major roads, including Interstate 95, which runs through the western part of the city.
  5. Pawtucket:
    • Description: Pawtucket is located in the northeastern part of the state, on the eastern bank of the Seekonk River. It has a history rooted in the textile industry and is home to the Slater Mill, considered the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.
    • Ports: While Pawtucket doesn’t have a major port, it has a riverfront area along the Seekonk River.
  6. Woonsocket:
    • Description: Woonsocket is situated in the northern part of the state, near the Massachusetts border. The city has a history in the textile industry and has several historic landmarks.
    • Ports: Woonsocket is inland and does not have direct access to major ports.

Principal Roads:

  • Interstate 95 (I-95): A major north-south interstate highway that traverses Rhode Island, connecting cities like Providence, Warwick, and Cranston.
  • Interstate 195 (I-195): An east-west interstate that connects Providence to southeastern Massachusetts.
  • Route 146: A north-south state highway connecting Providence to Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • Route 24: A highway running from Tiverton in the south to I-195 in the north, providing access to Newport and Fall River, Massachusetts.

Rhode Island’s geography, being a small state, makes it easy to travel between cities and towns, and its proximity to the coast influences the prominence of ports and maritime activities.

Author: Kirill Shrayber, Ph.D.

I have been working with vector cartography for over 25 years, including GPS, GIS, Adobe Illustrator and other professional cartographic software.

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