The state of Rhode Island may be known for a couple of different reasons. It could be because of its size as the smallest state in the country or the culture that it provides full of sailing and some of the country's best golf courses. Although it may take less than an hour to drive through Rhode Island in your rental car (with good traffic), that doesn't mean you should. You risk passing by a wealth of pleasant experiences that you can't get anywhere else outside of major cities such as Newport, Providence and many places in between.