"The Ocean State" or "The Biggest
Little State in the Union"?
Although the state of Rhode Island is the smallest
of the fifty United States, it sure tries hard and
packs more punch per capita than anywhere else in
For starters, the official state name is "The
State of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations",
the longest of all the states. And they have not
one, but two slogans!
The first, "The Ocean State", refers to
the fact that between the shores of the great islands
(Aquidneck, which hosts Newport, and Jamestown, the
centerpiece of Narragansett Bay), the many coves,
shores and smaller bays of the great Narragansett
Bay, and the long, straight coastline of southern
Rhode Island, the state boasts over 400 miles of
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their second slogan, "The Biggest Little State
in the Union", is no brag, just fact! No smaller
space contains as much diversity in the entire world.
From swimming to skiing, from farms to factories, from
villages to major cities, it's all right there within
an hour's drive - Rhode Island. There are world class
restaurants throughout, the world famous Rhode Island
School of Design museum, working and historic farms,
and beaches, beaches, beaches.
Rhode Island is the most Democratic of all states and
the most Italian! It's also the most Catholic state
in the union. Over half of Rhode Island's square mileage
is wooded and these protected areas boast 53 State Parks
for every recreational pursuit, the most per-capita
of any New England state. From hiking and bicycling
to fishing, swimming and boating, outdoors is one great
place to be in Rhode Island. The foliage is spectacular
in the Fall and the camping is great starting in Spring
and right through the Summer.
That's a lot of "mosts" for such a small
space, so let's just say that "Rhode Island is