Rhode Island: A Tiny State with Enormous Appeal

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For those of you who don’t know, Rhode Island is a tiny New England state, bordering Connecticut.  Despite the name, it is not actually an island, but a mixture of both islands and continental landmass. It’s best known for its sandy beaches and beautiful, colonial seaside towns.

There are all kinds of reasons to visit Rhode Island. Check them out below.

The History

Because of its location, Rhode Island was one of the first places settlers found in the New World when trying to escape religious persecution in Europe. There have been European settlements on Rhode Island since the 1600s, making it one of the most historical parts of the Union.

As the history of the US progressed, Rhode island became increasingly popular with some of America’s wealthiest families. The Vanderbilts moved to the state in the early 1900s, bringing their wealth and architectural ambitions with them. There’s also a considerable Indian history too: fascinating if you want to understand what the US was like before the arrival of Europeans.

 

The Education

Rhode Island is home to Bryant University. Bryant University was founded in 1863 and is famous for its business studies program. The university offers a range of majors and minors and was donated land in Smithfield by the founder of the Tupperware company, Earl Tupper.

You can stay in a hotel near Bryant University, Rhode Island if you’re planning on visiting the university and get things like complimentary breakfast, coin laundry, a micro-fridge in your room, and workspace if you have to work or study.

 

The Food

It won’t come as any surprise that Rhode Island has one of the richest food histories in the US because of the Italian and Portuguese influence in the state. Rhode Island is home to some of the best seafood in the country, much of which is served up in a variety of restaurants along the seafront.

Rhode Island also plays host to some of America’s best donut shops too including Knead Doughnuts (complete with old-world spelling), Allie’s Donuts, and Deluise Bakery over in Providence. You can get classic flavors as well as some new fun twists, like butter coffee.

 

The Location

Rhode Island is a state you could spend a year exploring. But it’s location is convenient for those wanting to explore the whole of the East Coast. The eastern seaboard of the United States is the most populous part of the country (sorry California), and it’s home to more things to see and do than anywhere else. Within a three hour drive of Rhode Island, you can visit Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cape Cod, and Vermont.

 

The Coastline

Rhode Island is a small state by any definition, but it still manages to pack over 400 miles of coastline. Part of the coastline is built up, but not all of it. If you prefer life away from the beach, it also offers mile after mile of beautiful woodland for hikers.

So, have we convinced you of the benefits of taking a trip to Rhode Island?

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