Bus tour brings fake ‘Family Guy’ town of Quahog, Rhode Island, to life

A likeness of cartoon character Peter Griffin, from the Fox animated program &quotFamily Guy," stands in the Rhode Island Visitor's Center, in Pawtucket, R.I., in 2010.
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A likeness of cartoon character Peter Griffin, from the Fox animated program "Family Guy," stands in the Rhode Island Visitor's Center, in Pawtucket, R.I., in 2010.
Posted May 04, 2012, at 10:51 p.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The fictional Rhode Island town of Quahog is coming to life.

The hometown of Peter Griffin and his dysfunctional relatives on “Family Guy” will meld with reality Saturday when a local tourism council sponsors a bus tour highlighting the Rhode Island institutions featured on Fox’s hit show.

Fans will visit the real-life bar known as The Drunken Clam and drive past the downtown Providence skyscraper off which the politically incorrect main character jumps in one episode because he’s “immortal.”

Kim Polson came up with the idea for the tour. She says she sees the show’s Rhode Island roots as an homage to the nation’s smallest state — and its quirks.

Creator Seth MacFarlane attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and writer Danny Smith grew up in Smithfield.

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