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30 Reasons Rhode Island Is The Most Underrated State In The U.S.

What it lacks in size, it makes up for in awesomeness.

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When most people think Rhode Island, their first instinct is to make that joke about how it's neither a road nor an island.

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hahahaha no one in Rhode Island has ever heard that before, good for you.

2. Many people dismissed Providence as a dying city near the end of the last century, but it's revitalized itself and proved it belongs on the same stage as other urban big-hitters.

3. Providence has super diverse and unique neighborhoods that show off the vibrancy of the various communities in the state.

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Here's Federal Hill, which is kind of like other cities' Little Italy, but better because it has Pastiche.

5. Plus, Rhode Island's got a history of promoting religious freedom (thanks, Roger Williams), so it's no wonder it has both the first Baptist church and the first synagogue in the ENTIRE NATION.

6. Looking for a vibrant arts scene? Yeah, Rhode Island's got you covered.

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RISD is one of the country's elite art schools, with alums ranging from Seth MacFarlane to Shepard Fairey to Dale Chihuly.

9. At least once, you've got to check out the food, crowds, and brilliant flames of WaterFire.

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Designed by an award-winning artist with work in cities including London and Paris. But no big deal, Providence is cool like that.

11. Let's be real, they can find a haven ANYWHERE in the state.

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THIS SEAFOOD. At Amaral's in Warren.

12. Coffee milk, a Rhode Island specialty, is basically a nectar of the gods.

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Coffee syrup. Mixed into milk. YES.

13. Like hot dogs? Try topping them with onions, meat sauce, and more. HOT WIENERS FOREVER.

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Although, for what it's worth, you should never think of these as just a type of hot dog. They are an institution.

16. Even with all of the buzz surrounding Rhode Island's restaurants and bars, though, you can still find hidden gems all around the state.

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Like the Grad Center Bar in Providence or the Ocean Mist in Matunuck.

17. There are less-than-hidden gems as well, like the humongous historic mansions along the coast in Newport.

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Built by people like the Vanderbilts. If Rhode Island is good enough for the people who have brought us Anderson Cooper, that says something about the state.

20. Seriously, with all this gorgeous coastline, it's no wonder Rhode Island is called the Ocean State.

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The Rhode Island Constitution specifically protects the rights of the public to access and walk along the shore — it is, by law, public land.

24. They are super smart people, with universities located all across the state bringing the ~intellectual power~ to Lil' Rhody.

28. They are activists and givers, because no matter what, Rhode Islanders are always looking to give back to their communities.

29. Basically, you can count on Rhode Islanders to come together to represent this state that they love.

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Here are some Rhode Islanders celebrating July 4th in Bristol, which just happens to host the longest continuously running 4th of July celebration in THE WHOLE COUNTRY.

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