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

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

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

    Even though they probably don't pay Rhode Island any attention and barely even know where it is.

    Well here it is — and it's time to learn about why Rhode Island is actually a really awesome state.

    1. You might not realize it, but Rhode Island can give you that "world-class city" vibe you're looking for in its capital of Providence.

    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.

    4. And it's the diversity of Rhode Island that shines. There's a strong and vibrant Cape Verdean community in the state, as well as a prominent Portuguese community.

    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.

    7. And there's nothing like catching What Cheer? Brigade performing at the Newport Folk Festival.

    8. Just because Rhode Island is small doesn't mean it can't draw the big names.

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

    10. Want more? Foodies can find a haven in Providence, named the top food city in America in 2012 by Travel + Leisure.

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

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

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

    14. Want to get drunk the Rhode Island way? How about some Gansett?

    15. Oh, and Rhode Island's got Del's. Enough said about that.

    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.

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

    18. And Rhode Island just happens to have some of the most stunning coastline in the country, of course.

    19. You can wander the charming seaport of Bristol or take in the shoreline at nearby Colt State Park.

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

    21. And with coastline comes AMAZING beaches all throughout the state.

    22. For real — if you're a nature lover, you've got to get yourself to Lil' Rhody.

    23. But listen, what really makes Rhode Island special are all the amazing, fun-loving, unique people.

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

    25. They are artists and dancers, spreading creativity and self-expression.

    26. There are athletes and entertainers, like the members of the Paw Sox baseball team, bringing the state together to enjoy a classic pastime.

    27. They are historians, reflecting on the traditions that have made Rhode Island great and the people who have worked to create them.

    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.

    30. Because, whether you live there or have only visited, once you've been to Rhody, the state never truly leaves you.