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Why Providence, RI?

Why Providence, Rhode Island?

Conveniently located along the Northeast Corridor, Providence is within a quick train ride for approximately 40% of OAH membership!
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1. You can get here from there. With easy access from Route 95, high-speed train service, an award-winning airport and a waterfront location, Providence is easily accessible by car, plane, train and boat. About 25 percent of the population of the United States lives within 500 miles of Providence.

2. We walk the walk. Providence's safe and compact downtown area makes it an extremely walkable city. Great restaurants, elegant hotels, stellar shopping, a vibrant nightlife, and plenty of family fun are all within blocks of each other.

3. We make history. Providence is 370 years old, with scores of immaculately preserved Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian homes and buildings. The first Baptist church in the United States is located in Providence, as is the Gilbert Stuart painting of George Washington that is features on the one dollar bill.

4. It's a smart choice. Providence is home to seven colleges and universities, including Brown University, Providence College and the Rhode Island School of Design.

5. We've got flavor. Providence is home to Johnson & Wales University, the world's largest culinary educator and plenty of those graduates stick around. Among foodies, Providence is known as a red-hot destination and has been featured in magazines such as Food & Wine and Saveur.

"Providence is a compact, thriving American capital city that neatly cross-stitches the fabric of New England history with a vibrant dining palate and an edgy arts, music and cultural scene. "Something for everyone" might be a clichéd phrase, but in Providence it's an everyday reality.

This "Creative Capital" boasts the modern attractions and cosmopolitan amenities of big cities, but with unpretentious fun and an enviable array of accessible options."