Must-See New England Gems
Colt State Park, Bristol, RI
Colt State Park and many other areas in Bristol, RI are must-see destinations that should be on every traveler's list. Historians, photographers, and passers-through alike won't be able to resist the myriad sites ripe with history and stunningly beautiful atmospheres. Looking back, I didn't appreciate this paradise nearly enough as a child.
A perfect example, Colt State Park is the ideal site to visit if you just want to spend a slow-paced day filled with scenic strolls by foot or cruises by car through a gorgeous backdrop of nature. This little hidden piece of paradise provides the ultimate location for leisure. Available for picnics, sports events, celebrations, summer camps, and daily site-seeing, drive-through, self-guided tours, Colt State Park is definitely a "must-see" destination.
Colt State Park, Bristol, R.I.
The town of Bristol, RI may be considered quiet and quaint throughout the majority of the year, but don’t let this fact fool you. From early June to well past Independence Day, the Bristol Annual Fourth of July Parade Celebration has brought hundreds of thousands of natives and enthusiasts from around the globe together to the center streets of this tiny town for centuries. In fact, originating in 1785, this yearly Independence Day Parade is the oldest parade in the US! What was once a small neighborhood gathering has now flourished into an event that sparks a mass migration totaling over 200,000 attendees per year, a number which seems to be continuously rising.
If you ever visit Bristol, Rhode Island during the summer and happen to get lost in the crowd, just look down! If you’re on a street lined with red, white, and blue stripes running down the middle, you’re on the parade route and need only to follow it in one direction or the other. If your street contains no red, white, and blue lane stripes, don’t worry; you’ll find either the parade route or assistance with a 5 minute walk in any direction. That of course is only if the warm "Bristol" personality hasn’t fizzled out along with its secrets and seclusion!
Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island
Aquidneck Island Beaches
The beach commonly referred to as “Second Beach” and its surrounding areas, such as Newport, Portsmouth, and Middletown, all located on Aquidneck Island, RI are gorgeous and portrait-perfect, from 1st and 2nd Beaches and the spectacular “Cliff Walk”, to the legendary Norman Bird Sanctuary and tourist-filled, seaside, Downtown Newport. Home of the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and a myriad of other popular events, the quaint yet vibrant Newport area contains true trace origins of jazz and blues sprinkled throughout its streets and inside its plentiful clubs, bars, restaurants, and other tourist locations.
Second Beach, Middletown, Rhode Island
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Narragansett, RI and its surrounding areas are filled with jaw-dropping architectural structures, beautiful natural landscapes, and visit-worthy historical sites anyone would appreciate and love. One can visit scenic Little Compton, the breath-taking Mystic Aquarium, in Mystic, CT, and even Plymouth, MA, a key structure in the foundation of American history, all of which are only a couple hours’ drive distance away from each other.
In my opinion, whether you visit Bristol, Warren, Providence, Narragansett, Boston, Salem, Fall River, or Mystic, there’s no better, more interactive, and majestic way to learn about some of America’s beauty and history than to actually see and experience it in New England.