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.