10 Best Rhode Island Sunrise Locations

Finding a good sunrise location in Rhode Island is rather easy thanks to the 400 miles of shoreline that the state has. This blog post is a compilation of some of the best places to capture Rhode Island sunrises. In the comments, please let us know your favorite Rhode Island sunrise locations! (We will continue adding more sunrise locations to this list)

40 Steps

Forty Steps is a must-visit location when exploring the Ocean State. Forty Steps was built in the early 1800s and can be found less than a mile from the start of Cliff Walk. The location consists of a stairway that leads down to the ocean with…. you guessed it, 40 steps! The site is the perfect way to experience the crashing waves of the Atlantic and view the sunrise.

Block Island

Block Island is located 9 miles off the mainland of Rhode Island and about 14 miles east of Montauk Point, Long Island, New York. Block Island is home to a beautiful downtown, lovely beaches, and two historic lighthouses. The sunrises from Block Island are some of the best in the state!

Charlestown Beach

Charlestown Beach is popular for surfing & swimming and provides seasonal lifeguards, picnic tables & restrooms. The sunrises that can be seen from the beach are pretty spectacular.

Cliff Walk

The Newport Cliff Walk is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Newport, Rhode Island. It’s a 3.5-mile public access boardwalk that runs alongside the water’s edge from Easton’s Beach to Bailey’s Beach. The views from Cliff Walk include wildflowers, gilded age mansions, and, of course, the ocean. Head out to Cliff Walk in the morning to see why it is one of the best Rhode Island sunrise spots!

Fun Fact: Cliff Walk is the first trail in New England to be recognized as a National Recreation Trail.

Easton’s Beach

Newport has a magnificent coastline and several public beaches where visitors can enjoy the surf, sand, and sun. Easton’s Beach, also known as First Beach, is the largest of them. Easton’s Beach is a 3/4-mile strip of sand with a boardwalk and Atlantic facing waves, located on Memorial Boulevard at the entrance of the City’s iconic Cliff Walk. Check out Easton’s Beach to capture a great Rhode Island sunrise.

Newport Bridge

The Claiborne Pell Bridge, often known as the Newport Bridge, is a suspension bridge in Rhode Island that spans the Narragansett Bay’s, East Passage. The 11,000+ foot bridge is a great focal point to capture with the sun rising. The Taylor Point Lookout is a great public spot to capture the sunrise and the Newport Bridge!

Point Judith Lighthouse

Point Judith Lighthouse is located in Narragansett, RI, and stands 51 feet tall. The lighthouse serves as a guide to the west side entrance to Narragansett Bay along with the north side of the eastern entrance to Block Island Sound. There have been three lighthouses over the years at Point Judith with the most recent having been built in 1857. Check out the lighthouse in the early morning to view a spectacular sunrise!

Rocky Point State Park

Rocky Point State Park in Warwick, Rhode Island, is a passive-use state park on Narragansett Bay. Since the mid-nineteenth century, the property has been a popular tourist destination, most notably as Rocky Point Amusement Park. There is a beautiful pier over the water which is a great place to witness the sunrise!

Scarborough State Beach

Scarborough State Beach is a public recreation area in Narragansett, Rhode Island, that faces the Atlantic Ocean. The 60 acres state park offers saltwater bathing, picnicking, an observation tower, and a boardwalk. Head to the beach in the morning to see a sunrise show!

Second Beach

Sachuest Beach, also known as Second Beach, is a mile-long, south-facing, family-friendly beach with outstanding sand and good surf. The beach has a concession stand, bathrooms, a changing area, showers, barbecues, picnic tables, and shade structures. Don’t miss out on this beautiful Rhode Island sunrise spot!

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