Charming, historic, and lively—these are our favorite words to use when describing the beautiful state of Rhode Island. Though the smallest of America’s 50 states, we certainly pack a punch when it comes to vacationing. Whether your fascination is pulling you toward a week-long trip or you’re simply passing through our state on the way to a separate destination, you won’t be disappointed.
Rhode Island offers something for everyone. Settled in the 1600s by Europeans escaping religious persecution from Massachusetts, our tiny state boasts hundreds of historical buildings, towns, and monuments. We were the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown, and we were the fourth among the country’s newly independent states to ratify the Articles of Confederation in 1778. In addition to historical sites, foodies will delight in the abundance of restaurant opportunities; Italian and Portuguese immigrant populations have dramatically changed the state’s cuisine, and our seafood is some of the best, most fresh available in the country.
Another great reason to visit our state? The abundant superlatives! We are the smallest state by size, the eighth least populous, and the second most densely populated (we’ve been lagging behind New Jersey for years). Want another fun fact? Our official name, “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,” is the longest of all U.S. states.
Superlatives aside, we will use this site to carefully detail each notable Rhode Island destination—from the impressive brownstones of Providence to the sprawling mansions of Newport, a trip to Northeastern America is not complete without a stop in our beautiful state. Nestled between iconic vacation spots like Massachusetts, New York City, and Vermont, it isn’t hard to spend a couple of days with us. Additionally, in such a small state, seeing the area’s best and finest attractions in a single weekend is entirely possible.