The people of Rhode Island have a certain confidence about our home. From its powerful and layered history, to the beautiful landscapes and coast, there are hundreds of things to love about the smallest state. After all, there must be a reason that so many of its residents never leave. Here are 15 reasons to hold Rhode Island near and dear to your heart.
1. The ocean!
Let's face it, we're pretty lucky to have so many amazing beaches.
2. Because Rhode Island is the Ocean State, the beach is really worth an extra mention.
There are just so many beautiful places to enjoy the state's coast!
3. The history
From Slater Mills Historic Site in Pawtucket to the Colony House in Newport, the entire state has historical sites to visit and enjoy.
4. Downtown Newport
Newport is truly an amazing experience that continues to bring visitors to the state by the thousands each year.
5. The architecture
From Vanderbilt mansions to old colonial homes scattered across the state, the architecture in Rhode Island never ceases to amaze.
From art galleries and music venues, to the amazing restaurants, Providence is a fantastic small New England city.
Fall in New England is always amazing and Rhode Island is no exception. From the breathtaking foliage to apple picking and fall festivals, there is no better place to experience the season.
8. Local diners
Did you know that the diner is a Rhode Island invention? The state is filled with amazing local diners! We love this photo of Jigger's in East Greenwich.
9. This is what Rhode Island state parks look like.
Need I say more?
10. Coffee milk
You know you're in a special place when the official state drink is coffee milk!
11. The islands
From Block Island to Prudence Island, there are so many amazing places to explore just off the coast.
12. Rhode Island classics
Hot wieners, clam cakes, and even bakery pizza are all Rhode Island classics. What more could you ask for?
13. The food
Aside from the traditional recipes and diner food, the rest of the restaurant scene in state is out of this world.
14. Everything in state is in close proximity!
While being from the smallest state often means where we come from is overlooked, anyone that lives here appreciates its size for one reason. Practically everything is within a short drive away, assuming there's no traffic anyway!
15. The people
Rhode Islanders might not always agree on politics, but they are generally pretty happy go lucky people with superb sense of humors!
Can you think of any other things about the smallest state that keeps Rhode Island so close to our hearts?