Well, Rhode Island is the smallest of all fifty states across the United States. However, it’s important to note that it’s a great destination with endless curb appeal, outstanding food, natural beauty, and cultural richness. It’s also home to a vibrant arts scene, rich history, pristine beaches, seafaring traditions, educational institutions, year-round events, rich history, and a diverse population. Rhode Island is certainly a pleasant surprise and a destination for travelers looking to have an unexpected, yet utterly American, vacation. Still not convinced? Here’s why you should have Rhode Island on your travel bucket list.
Historical Sites from Colonial to Palatial
New England is one of United States’ oldest settled areas which mean there’s a wealth of history to be uncovered in Rhode Island. Rhode Island features an incredible collection of historical sites and structures. If you’re a history enthusiast or an architecture buff, you’ll fall in love with the Gilded Age mansions in Newport and the preserved Colonial architecture in Providence. Explore the beautiful scenery and natural beauty on Cliff Walk National Recreation Trail in Newport.
Be sure to visit President Dwight Eisenhower’s summer residence and the Circa-1824 fort at Fort Adams State Park. After touring this iconic park, head to Newport’s White Horse Tavern, America’s oldest tavern, for a delicious meal. Plan your trip so won’t miss the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival held at Rhode Island’s Fort Adams State Park. By the way, if you ever travel out to Wichita Kansas which has way more land than Rhode Island, please be sure to look up my buddy Mack Towing Wichita if you are stranded.
There’s religious history in Rhode Island too, including Providence’s First Baptist Church in America and Newport’s Touro Synagogue National Historic Site. Learn more about the early European who settled in Rhode Island in the seventeenth century as they fled religious persecution.
Despite being the country’s smallest state, Rhode Island contains about 20 percent of America’s historic sites.
Outdoor Adventure and Natural Beauty
Framed by more than six hundred kilometers of coastline, Rhode Island is a nature lover’s paradise with year-round events and all manner of activities including bird watching, sunbathing, hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and more. Newport, Rhode Island is the world’s sailing capital while Narragansett offers some of the best surfing experiences in the country. Places to explore Rhode Island’s natural wonders include the Newport Cliff Walk, Arcadia Management Area in Exeter, Burlingame State Park in Charlestown, Mohegan Bluffs in Block Island, Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, and Fort Nature Refuge in North Smithfield.
Arts and Culture
Rhode Island is considered a haven when it comes to arts. The museums here excite visitors with interactive exhibits and stories of Rhode Island’s artistic brilliance, rich culture, and history. The Rhode Island School of Design in Providence is one of the world’s best and most prestigious art and design learning institutions. Indulge yourself in the art galleries across the state and pick for yourself some fabulous, original local art.
Visitors can expect to find friendly and warm people when they come to Rhode Island. Here, everyone seems to be known to everybody. People have a very easy-going attitude and are welcoming to visitors.