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Blackstone River Valley, Rhode Island

Close your eyes and think of a country road with farms and apple orchards. Although this route requires you to take your eyes from the scenery to follow your map, the Glocester Loop through the Blackstone River Valley takes you along roads that rival those in your imagination, filled with historic homes and mills (Blackstone River Valley is the birthplace of America's Industrial Revolution). Don't miss the Great Road Historic District in Lincoln, where you'll feel you've gone back to the early nineteenth century.

Find your way: The Glocester Loop takes you on a loop beginning and ending on I-295. Take Exit 7 off I-295 and travel west on Route 44. Pass through the town of Chepachet and continue to the village of West Glocester. Once there, turn onto Route 94 S and continue your drive through North Foster. Route 94 ends at its intersection with Route 14, where you will turn left. Take Route 14 through Scituate. Turn left onto Route 116 and travel north. At Route 44 turn right and return to I-295.