Rhode Island is known for its jaw-dropping beaches, historic sites, and abundant nature adventures. The Ocean State may be small, but it is packed with a large variety of attractions where the coast is always nearby, and walking trails are abundant. With over 13 state parks, 5 national parks, and a multitude of historic sites, Rhode Island national and state parks make a great road trip destination at any time of year. In the large cities such as Newport and Providence, you can find historic homes and Gilded Age mansions as well as vibrant art scenes and thriving nightlife. Stay a night and then explore Narragansett Bay in the Atlantic Ocean, which runs for 400 miles in a state that is technically only 48 miles long.