The beautiful state of Rhode Island has a lot to offer, with only a short drive to all of these fun locations. Whether you are planning a date with a significant other, or just looking for a fun day trip with a friend, here are a few worthwhile “Rhode” trips

The first trip on the list is the Newport cliff walk. Located 30 minutes from campus in Newport, Rhode Island, the cliff walk is a 3.5-mile walk along the eastern shore. The cliff walk offers a combination of the beautiful landscape and ocean along with the jaw-dropping architecture of the Newport mansions such as the Breakers. The Salve Regina Campus also comes right up to the cliff walk, and you can see their beautiful admissions building, Ochre Court, along with other buildings on the campus.

The cliff walk is a fairly flat, do-able walk. Good walking shoes and some layers on a cold day would be smart to wear.

If you have a little extra money in your wallet, the next worthwhile trip could be a tour of the Newport mansions. Again, only a 30-minute drive from campus, the Newport mansions are a sight to see. Touring these mansions allows a look into the rich history of Newport during the flashy times of the Gilded Age.

One of the most impressive mansions is the Breakers, a “small cottage” for the Vanderbilts. Other gorgeous houses that can be toured include the Marble House, built in 1888, again for the Vanderbilts; Rosecliff, which has been the setting for many scenes in films such as The Great Gatsby; The Elms, built by architect Horace Trumbauer in 1901; and Chateau-sur-Mer, which was built as an Italianate-style villa for China trade merchant William Shepard Wetmore.

Tickets cost around $18 for most of the mansions, excluding the breakers, which costs $24.

Crossing into Connecticut, which is a little more of a commitment, provides adventurers with the town of Mystic. Only 30 minutes from campus, the Mystic aquarium could be a day of friends, fish and fun. Tickets are $35 each. As the holiday season continues, Mystic Aquarium offers many “Holiday Happenings” that include the festival of lights, Winterfest and more.

Also located in Mystic is Seaport Museum. The museum is the largest maritime museum in the United States and has a large collection of boats and sailing ships, including the Charles W. Morgan which is the oldest surviving wooden sailing whaleship. In Mystic, there are also a number of restaurants including Mystic Pizza, Mystic Diner and more to finish off your trip.