As a popular resort town for over 375 years now, Newport has plenty of experience in welcoming visitors and providing that perfect mix of historic charm and modern amenities.
Whether you’re coming to explore the history, tour opulent mansions, visit living-history farms, or you just want a weekend to relax, wander through town, peruse quaint shops, and enjoy delicious food, Newport has what you’re looking for.
If you do nothing else, you’re going to want to take the Cliff Walk. It’s been named one of the fifty “Places of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler and you’ll see why when you get there. The 3.5-mile trail winds its way along the dramatic coastline, with panoramic views of Narragansett Bay on one side and mansions from Newport’s gilded age on the other. The path crosses right through the backyards of these famous mansions.
Several of the mansions along the way offer tours or are open for self-guided tours. One of these is Marble House, built for the Vanderbilts in the late 1800s as their summer “cottage.” Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the meticulously and opulently designed mansion as you learn about the Gilded Age, the Vanderbilts, servant life, and the women’s suffrage movement. Alva Vanderbilt hosted “Votes for Women” meetings on the grounds here in later years.
And be sure to save some time to just meander through town and enjoy the quaint atmosphere, boutiques, and restaurants, take a drive down scenic Ocean Drive, or sign up for a sailing tour around Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.
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