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Cultural Guide

Rhode Island (RI) – "The Ocean State "

Time Zone:

Eastern Standard Time (EST)



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Famous For:

Rhode Island was the first of the 13 original colonies to declare independence from British rule, declaring itself independent on May 4, 1776. Nicknamed the Ocean State, Rhode Island has a number of oceanfront beaches. Rhode Island, like the rest of New England, has a tradition of clam chowder. While both the white New England variety and the red Manhattan variety are popular, there is also unique clear chowder, known as Rhode Island Clam Chowder available in many restaurants.

Major Cities:

Providence, Warwick

National Parks:
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
  • Roger Williams National Memorial
Must do while there:

Cliff Walk is one of the beautiful city's top attractions in Newport, RI. This 3.5 mile public access waterway along the shoreline is a designated National Recreation Trail. The walk extends from the east end of Bailey's Beach to the west end of First Beach, giving walkers amazing views of the gilded mansions the city is known for, including Astor's Beachwood, Rosecliff, The Breakers, Marble House, Ochre Court and Rough Point. Newport, RI plays host to a number of festivals during the summer months, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Sunset Music Festival, the Newport Folk, the Newport International Film Festival, and the Newport International Boat Show.

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