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3 Days in Newport: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, November 2013

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New England’s century-old playground for the wealthy has much to offer the visitor. From its collection of lavish Gilded Age mansions and historic churches to its waterfront parks and yacht-filled harbor, Newport teems with an understated energy. When not exploring the city’s historic riches, wander Thames Street for its smattering of shops, restaurants, and bars or spend a day sunning on Easton’s Beach or enjoying a picnic at Fort Adams State Park and watch the sun dip into Narragansett Bay.

Day 1: Historic Newport
Get oriented at the Newport Gateway Visitors Center, where panoramic photos show the locations of the mansions, parks and other landmarks. Take a guided tour of the Touro Synagogue, the oldest existing synagogue in the United States. Drive down Bellevue Avenue, taking in the glamorous Gilded Age estates along the way, to the entrance to the Cliff Walk. Along this walk, an enchanting row of sumptuous “cottages” front the Atlantic Ocean, including The Breakers, a majestic mansion with 70 elegant rooms, rich with marble and alabaster pillars. After the walk, visit the Marble House, the first Beaux-Arts structures in the United States.

Day 2: Newport Outdoors
As much as its know for its mansions, Newport is also known for its outdoors spaces. Explore Fort Adams State Park on Newport Harbor, where luxurious yachts are moored, or grab a sandy spot on Easton’s Beach for a day in the sun. Hike the winding paths of Ballard Park, which pass streams and rocky ledges. Later, charter a sunset sail out past the rocky cliffs of Brenton Point State Park to the Atlantic Ocean for views of Newport’s mansions high above the crashing surf.

Day 3: Shopping & Strolling
Spend the day exploring the crooked colonial streets of downtown Newport, stopping at the Newport Art Museum or the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Stroll down Spring Street and Thames Street, with its plethora of elegant boutiques. Take a walk along the downtown waterfront, where the yacht-filled Newport Harbor unfolds. As the sun sinks lower in the western sky, sit waterside with a plate of freshly-shucked oysters and a glass of wine and watch a breathtaking sunset.

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Newport Mansion Tour Along Ocean Drive

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

The magnificent 19th-century mansions along Newport’s famous Ocean Drive (10-Mile Drive) are truly a sight to be seen. On your guided walking tour of The ...  Read more

Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Duration: 3 - 4.5 hours

From USD $45.00

Newport Bay Evening Cruise Aboard Tall Ship

Enjoy Newport's sights from an amazing vantage point on this 1.5-hour cruise aboard a classic tall ship. Sail smoothly along Narragansett Bay past the Newport ...  Read more

Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.00

Newport Ocean Drive Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Soak up the beauty of Newport’s famous Ocean Drive (10-Mile Drive), offering spectacular wide-open views of the Atlantic, historic landmarks and magnificent ...  Read more

Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.00

Newport Harbor Sail Aboard Former America's Cup Yacht

Sail aboard an America's Cup 12-meter yacht for the ultimate Newport nautical experience! This 2-hour Newport Harbor cruise lets you ride in a yacht used in ...  Read more

Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.00

Newport Segway Tour

Explore Newport on a 1- or 2-hour Segway tour in the morning or afternoon - the choice is yours! On a self-balancing electric Segway, follow a local guide ...  Read more

Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Duration: 1 hour or 2 hours

From USD $60.00

Newport Day Cruise Aboard Classic Tall Ship

Experience Newport from a fantastic vantage point on this 1.5-hour morning or afternoon cruise aboard a classic schooner. Sail smoothly along Narragansett Bay ...  Read more

Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.00

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