Rhode Island, USA, is the smallest state in the United States of America. And despite the name and fact that it has a long eastern-coast border, it's not actually an island! Since it is one of the thirteen original colonies that led to the founding of this nation, you can find a lot of history in this area from pre-Revolutionary War to today.
Rhode Island has unique foods that you should enjoy while you're in the state, because they can be difficult to find anywhere else! Snail salad is a seafood-style dish, but instead of fish it features snails. More toned-down menu choices include grinders (sub sandwiches), hot weiners (small hot dogs), pizza strips (without cheese), and clam cake (fritter made with clams). With a large fishing industry on the Rhode Island coast, you can enjoy lots of seafood during your stay.
Speaking of the coast, many of Rhode Island attractions are seaside. You can explore lighthouses, paddle a kayak in the water, and keep a lookout for marine life. There is a long bike path that goes through several towns by the shore. While you may be allowed to swim in some areas, take note that you shouldn't treat Rhode Island like a beach vacation. It can be windy and chilly at any time of year, so pack a sweater! Newport is a popular city for coastal trips, so look for a Rhode Island, USA hostel bed here if you'd like to enjoy a stay by the water. A hostel in Rhode Island, USA, will certainly be one of the most affordable ways to visit. This area has served as a backdrop for several films and shows. While there, also check out the Newport Mansions.
As it's one of the oldest states in the country, you can visit groundbreaking landmarks in Rhode Island. The state holds the oldest of both synagogues and Baptist churches in America. Every year on the Fourth of July, you can see the oldest US Independence Day Parade. You can still visit a handful of sites from the Colonial Era, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War.
After a couple nights in a Rhode Island, USA hostel, you'll probably want to move on to see more nearby. Massachusetts, to the north and the east, is a similar state with even more historical sites. If you take a boat, you can get to the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Connecticut is to the west, and New York City is just south of that.
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