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Must-See New England Gems

Updated on November 12, 2015
Two Giant Bronze Bulls Greet Visitors at One of the Entrances to Colt State Park, Bristol, RI
Two Giant Bronze Bulls Greet Visitors at One of the Entrances to Colt State Park, Bristol, RI | Source

Colt State Park, Bristol, RI

A Serene Pier at Colt State Park, Bristol
A Serene Pier at Colt State Park, Bristol | Source

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.

Historic Building in Colt State Park
Historic Building in Colt State Park | Source

Bristol, RI

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.

Small Stone Bridge in Colt State Park, Bristol, Rhode Island
Small Stone Bridge in Colt State Park, Bristol, Rhode Island | Source

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

Second Beach, Rhode Island
Second Beach, Rhode Island | Source
Popular Beach in Middletown, RI
Popular Beach in Middletown, RI | Source

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.

View of 2nd Beach from Hanging Rock, RI
View of 2nd Beach from Hanging Rock, RI | Source

Second Beach, Middletown, Rhode Island

Surfer's Beach, 2nd Beach, RI
Surfer's Beach, 2nd Beach, RI | Source

Narragansett, Rhode Island

Narragansett, RI
Narragansett, RI | Source
Coast Guard House, Narragansett, RI
Coast Guard House, Narragansett, RI | Source

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.

Autumn in Rhode Island
Autumn in Rhode Island | Source

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.

Rhode Island
Rhode Island | Source


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