Although it is by far the smallest state in America, Rhode Island certainly packs a lot into its tiny territory. With beaches, bays and islands set along its coast and cities, historic sites and nature spots dotted about, the appropriately nicknamed ‘Ocean State’ definitely won’t disappoint with all that it has to offer.
Despite being named after the eponymous island, most of the state actually lies nestled in between Massachusetts and Connecticut on the mainland. Part of New England, it is dominated and defined in many ways by its long and indented Atlantic Ocean coastline. This includes not only beaches and islands but the enormous Narragansett Bay and beautiful Block Island too.
As it was one of the first states to be settled in the country, countless important historic sites and cultural landmarks dot its cities and towns. Newport for instance is known for its fabulous fort, mansions, and museums while the small coastal gem of Jamestown contains lots of well-preserved old buildings and numerous museums too.
One of the main places to visit though is Providence – the capital, cultural and economic center – while Woonsocket attracts humongous crowds on Columbus Day Weekend with its fun and festive Autumnfest. The centuries-old Central Falls also has a rich history to delve into as does Pawtucket which was the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.
Asides from its cities and towns, the Ocean State also has lots of scenic seaside spots for you to discover. Block Island for example has breathtaking beaches and bluffs to explore with brilliant fishing, boating and bird watching to be had wherever you go along Rhode Island’s coast.