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Big Adventures in the Smallest State: Catch a Bus to Rhode Island for Endless Fun

Rhode Island may be America’s smallest state, but it packs a much larger punch in the way of urban exploration and coastal relaxation. Rhode Island boasts more than 400 miles of gorgeous New England coastline, decorated with postcard quality beaches and stoic lighthouses. The cities that are home to Rhode Island offer world-renowned culinary scenes as well as historic colonial-era architecture. Dive deeper into what makes Rhode Island a great destination for your next bus adventure.

History

Admitted to statehood in 1790, Rhode Island was the last state of the original 13 colonies to ratify the U.S. constitution. Despite its small size, Rhode Island has historically been at the forefront of American progress, serving as an important shipping hub during the colonial era as well as issuing in the industrial revolution to the United States in the 19th century. Rhode Island is about 37 miles wide and 48 miles long, making it the smallest state in the U.S. And though it holds the record for the smallest state, it also holds the record for the longest name. Its full name is “the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”

Culture

The most notable impression of Rhode Island is due to its size. With a population of just one million, Rhode Island’s atmosphere maintains a distinct small-town warmth. The people of Rhode Island are known for their kindness and easy-going attitudes, providing a welcoming experience for those who visit the state. Rhode Island’s 400-mile long coastline defines its New England culture, providing beaches, sailing, and seafood, which are enjoyed mostly during the summertime. Clams are a staple of Rhode Island’s iconic seafood cuisine and can be found cooked up in a variety of ways along the coast. Dishes like fried clams, clam chowder, and clam cakes are just a few of these delicious clam-based treats for you to sink your teeth into.

Where to Go

Newport

A picturesque harbor city nestled on Aquidneck Island, Newport is the pinnacle of New England coastal destinations. Take a stroll down Bellevue Avenue to appreciate the beautifully preserved Gilded Age mansions that decorate the street — some of which now serve as museums for a more intimate perspective. Perhaps the most impressive mansion worth checking out is the Breakers, a Vanderbilt mansion built in 1895, or Rosecliff, the illustrious mansion that was featured in the 1974 film, “The Great Gatsby.” After doing ample estate exploration, make your way down to Easton’s Beach for some relaxation in the sand and sea.

Providence

This is another must-stop on your bus trip to the state. Providence is home to a colorful, vibrant community. Immerse yourself in its thriving art community as you visit art collectives and galleries like Providence Art Club, the second oldest art club in the country. If you’re visiting during summer, head to Waterplace Park to catch WaterFire,  a nightly summer event where the Woonasquatucket River is lit up with more than 80 bonfires and torchlit boats. It’s an unmissable sight to see and to participate in with good food and entertainment, too. If you’re a self-professed foodie, take full advantage of the outstanding culinary scene in Providence. Visit Oberlin, where chef Benjamin Sukle serves his unique style of Italian-American cuisine and locally sourced seafood. If you’re in the mood for something a little more downhome, grab some comfort food at Bucktown — a southern-inspired restaurant serving classic soul-food dishes like fried chicken and oyster Po’ boys.

Block Island & Narragansett

Newport and Providence are only two great places for you to explore in Rhode Island. America’s smallest state offers a surprising plethora of destinations well worth your visit. Places like Block Island or Narragansett for example, offer quaint colonial architecture amongst pristine New England beaches, where surfing, lighthouse spotting, and hunting for clams are just a few popular activities for you to take part in.

Where to Stay

Lodging and accommodations are always a concern when planning a trip. Luckily for you, there is no shortage of hotels, resorts, and B&Bs in Rhode Island — with abundant options for all budgets.

To get the most out of your New England experience, check out the Cliffside Inn in Newport or Hotel Providence in downtown Providence. Originally home to Victorian-era artist, Beatrice Turner, the Cliffside Inn in Newport offers a luxurious B&B experience inside the immaculate mansion. The Hotel Providence, on the other hand, offers an elegant experience inside its historical 19th-century walls, with boutique-styled rooms and proximity to the heart of downtown Providence’s theater district.

Best Time to Go

Although Rhode Island makes for a great year-round vacation destination, the best time to visit for most people is during the spring. This is when the weather is mild and less prone to rainfall, making a great time to explore the city. The summer months, however, draw millions to Providence each year for the WaterFire festival that takes place exclusively on summer nights. If you book a trip during winter, the weather can be a little chilly, but you’ll be rewarded with cheaper hotel rates and beautifully decorated cities if you travel around Christmastime.

Plan Your Trip to Rhode Island Today

Your trip to Rhode Island will satisfy your craving for a quaint, coastal New England experience. Purchase your ticket today and start planning your Rhode Island adventure!

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