The great little state of Rhode Island is full of amazing people and places. From the beaches, to the city, and beyond, there are so many wonderful things to experience. There are however a few things that cause some issues for the people of the Ocean State. Here are 12 things to avoid in Rhode Island.
1. Beach traffic
We've all been stuck on route 4 heading towards Narragansett during the peak of beach season. There's only so many times we can listen to our favorite summer playlist in a traffic standstill before we lose it.
2. All other traffic
Who are we kidding? Rhode Island is one of the most densely populated states, meaning traffic is pretty much a daily occurrence. Most Rhode Islanders have their traffic avoiding tricks, including detours, and times of day they simply just don't drive.
3. Tourist hangouts
The locals tend to avoid places like Scarborough Beach and downtown Newport during tourist season.
4. I-95 in Downcity, Providence
With left off ramps, exit only lanes, and intense turns, 95 through Downcity is usually best avoided.
5. Any frozen lemonade that isn't Del's
So maybe Mr. Lemon makes the cut, but most other frozen lemonades are just sad impostors compared to a Del's.
6. Clear clam chowder
Did you know Rhode Island has its own clam chowder? Clear chowder originated in Rhode Island, but the locals tend to avoid it.
It might not always be avoidable, but it's certainly worth trying.
8. Driving in the snow
Driving in the snow in particular should be avoided at all costs. We all know how well the state takes care of its roads, after all.
9. Less than amazing seafood
With so many options for amazing seafood, anything less than the best is simply a waste of time in little Rhody.
This pothole on Dean Street is a great example of what Rhode Islanders have to deal with.
11. Certain people from your past
Living in the smallest state means you will run into familiar faces pretty much everywhere you go. Avoiding the people you've had a falling out with is near impossible and takes some extra work.
12. Inauthentic Italian cuisine
There are so many amazing Italian restaurants. Avoid the chains and go local for real Italian food in Rhode Island.