Best New England Waterways
Blackstone River. The Blackstone, from Worcester, Massachusetts, to Providence, Rhode Island, once powered Pawtucket’s Slater Mill, the first successful water-powered textile factory in America. But the Blackstone paid a price for its fame: Years of industrial waste polluted it beyond recognition. Today this clean, dynamic river has been resurrected and named a National Heritage Corridor. A unique way to tour it is aboard the “Blackstone Valley Explorer” riverboat, and the “Samuel Slater,” a British canal boat that provides overnight accommodations.
Slater Mill. March-Nov. Tues.-Sun. 67 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket. 401-725-8638; slatermill.org
John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley
National Heritage Corridor. 1 Depot Square, Woonsocket. 401-762-0250; nps.gov/blac
Lake Willoughby. In the Northeast Kingdom, beauty awaits around every bend. But even here, there’s one sight sure to take your breath away: your first glimpse of Lake Willoughby. Like a Swiss mountain lake, these clear, deep waters are bounded by steep cliffs. But Willoughby’s right here, about 15 miles off I-91, with public beaches at its northern and southern ends.
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