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Most will likely agree that Rhode Island promises a little bit of everything – from sandy beaches that lead into the ocean to small towns that hearken back to yesteryear. Although it’s small, Rhode Island packs a whole of character and plenty of hidden gems within its borders. One of those hidden gems in Rhode Island, a quintessential town in New England, is an idyllic spot for a weekend getaway in all seasons. Take a look at the charming Bristol, Rhode Island and all that this beautiful town in Rhode Island has to offer its visitors.

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Do you agree that Bristol, Rhode Island is one of America’s best hidden gems for a weekend getaway? Are there any other small towns in Rhode Island that you think deserve that honor, too? Let us know in the comments. Then check out these hidden gems in Rhode Island that only locals know about.

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What are some fun road trips around Rhode Island that I can go on? 

Rhode Island may be small, but there is still lots to see, and we use that size to our advantage because our road trips can bring you to tons of exciting spots in one day. Take a look at some of the best road trips around Rhode Island:

Which hikes in Rhode Island should I do? 

If you want to see beautiful Rhode Island by foot, lace up those boots, and fill up your water bottle, it's time to take one of these stunning hikes in Rhode Island:

  • Cliff Walk is a seven-mile out-and-back waterfront trail in Newport with many jaw-dropping views.
  • Stepstone Falls via Ben Utter Trail is an easy 2.7-mile hike in West Greenwich that features a waterfall!
  • Main St to Camp Yawgoog Rd via Narragansett Trail in Hope Valley is a difficult hike at 16 miles but well worth it for all you will see along the way.

Are there any classic Rhode Island foods that I have to try?

Rhode Island is such a foodie state, we have tons of dishes that we recommend to visitors, and once you try these classic Rhode Island foods you're sure to keep coming back to the Ocean State for another taste:

  • Stuffies, a scrumptious quahog mixed with bread, spices, and onions.
  • Hot Weiners is a unique hot dog with chili, onion, and mustard.
  • Dels Lemonade, a classic RI summer treat, this fresh frozen lemonade comes in all kinds of flavors and the stands are a staple site in the Ocean State.