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

Newport Ocean Drive Sightseeing Tour

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 million-dollar mansions. Admire the fabulous summer cottages of Bellevue Avenue, enjoy the lovely landscaped garden at Chateau-sur-Mer, stroll along Cliff Walk and more. During your drive with your knowledgeable guide, hear stories about the history of this Rhode Island treasure and stop along the way to capture photos, take in the sights, and learn about how Ocean Drive became what it is today.


  • Tour of Newport’s famous Ocean Drive
  • Enjoy a scenic drive full of historical anecdotes from your guide
  • Pass historic landmarks, stately million-dollar mansions, picturesque beaches and lavish yacht clubs
  • Admire stunning ocean views as you travel along the Atlantic coast
  • Marvel at The Breakers mansion, Fort Adams, the New York Yacht Club, Castle Hill and more

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What You Can Expect

Newport Ocean Drive Sightseeing Tour

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Meet at the Newport Visitors Center at your chosen time to begin your drive along Newport’s renowned Ocean Drive (also known as 10-Mile Drive). Throughout your comfortable drive by bus, your expert guide will provide interesting stories, facts and historical anecdotes about this treasured stretch of road.

As you’ll learn, Ocean Drive dates back to the 1800s, when many wealthy New Yorkers escaped to Newport on Rhode Island during the hot summers. Large resorts were built along the Newport Harbor beaches/waterfront to accommodate the wealthy summer crowd, which grew every year, until finally the 10-mile (16-km) stretch of coastline became the summer's place to be.

Travel past Bellevue Avenue’s magnificent mansions and, if weather permits, stop on Narragansett Avenue for a walk down the Forty Steps at Cliff Walk. Then, wind toward the oceanfront past some of the area’s most elite properties.

On Ochre Point Avenue, pass historic estates and The Breakers mansion, the grandest of Newport's summer houses and a US National Historic Landmark. This was a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial power at turn of the century.

Passing Gooseberry Beach, approach the Newport Country Club, Brenton Point State Park and the Inn at Castle Hill. You’ll also see Hammersmith Farm – Jackie Kennedy’s summer home – and Fort Adams, where the views are spectacular.

Admire boats bobbing along the water at the New York Yacht Club and Ida Lewis Yacht Club, and pass historic King Park at the southern end of Newport Harbor and the Newport Harbor Walk.

Other highlights along Ocean Drive include Beacon Rock, Rough Point, Belcourt Castle, Chateau-sur-Mer, Isaac Bell House, the Newport Naval Academy and Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House – the oldest house in Newport.

You’ll make several stops along the way to take photos, soak up the scenery, and learn some history from your guide. Your drive concludes right back where you started at the Newport Harbor waterfront.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

WONDERFUL tour. beautiful day. all the highlights were pointed out. interesting commentary. go to see a real overview of Newport's hoi paloi.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Driver did a great job. We enjoyed the whole experience, especially because we had to change the number of people we took. Started with 14, changed to 15, then to 12 and ended with 13. All changed in the last 2 hours. No problem

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour packed a lot in over the course of 90 minutes. The driver, a longtime native, was very informative and very willing to share all the details about everything that we were seeing. We were only in town for 24 hours so we had limited options with what we could do, but this allowed us to see everything in one full swing. I'd highly recommend it to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Driver was on top of his job. Did great with his information and was very caring. I would recommend this tour to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We booked a tour of the Breakers and the Marble House and a bus tour of the mansions. The driver was terrific with lots of informative and funny stories. Our tour was in a little van type vehicle and was just myself and my friend so we got lots of attention. The Mansion tours were unbelievable....just gorgeous,

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great tour guide, very informative and a bargain.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Our tour was great! The driver was very informative and Newport is absolutely beautiful!!! Thanks so much - it was worth every penny!! My thanks to a fine guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

A lovely tour of Newport and its historic mansions. Our tour guide was outstanding - shared facts and humorous details. A great shore excursion.

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