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Bellevue Avenue Tours

Bellevue Avenue
Leafy Bellevue Avenue and its surrounding streets are home to some of the most exclusive properties in New England. The affluent area is mostly residential, and encompasses many of the Gilded Age summer “cottages” built by such iconic names as Vanderbilt and Astor. These include the Isaac Bell House, The Elms, Marble House, and Kingscote.

The Basics
No trip to Newport would be complete without a stroll or drive down Bellevue Avenue, and a visit to at least one or two of the impressive Newport Mansions. Just about every tour around town will include a stop along this notable street, including trolley tours, self-guided audio tours, and private sightseeing excursions. You can also combine your visit to Bellevue Avenue with tour of the restored homes on Newport’s scenic Ten Mile Ocean Drive. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Five of the historic homes along Bellevue Avenue are open to visitors: Marble House, The Elms, Rosecliff, Kingscote, and Chateau-sur-Mer.
  • Marble House, The Elms, and Rosecliff are all partially accessible to wheelchairs.
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera; even the wrought iron gates of the Bellevue Avenue mansions are impressive.

How to Get There
Bellevue Avenue begins where Touro and Kay streets merge, and runs directly south, terminating near Ocean Avenue. The northern end has a cluster of shops and restaurants, turning exclusively residential the farther south you drive.

When to Get There
The best time to explore Bellevue Avenue and its famous mansions is during the spring or autumn shoulder season, when the summer crowds have dispersed and weather remains mild and largely dry.

Other Attractions on Bellevue Avenue
While this Newport street is most famous for its palatial historic homes, it also boasts a few other notable attractions. Sports fans won’t want to miss the International Tennis Hall of Fame on the grounds of the historic Newport Casino, while those with an interest in art should stop by the National Museum of American Illustration or the Newport Art Museum. Nearby, the Audrain Auto Museum showcases a collection of vintage cars.
Address: Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI, USA
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Scenic Overview of Newport Viking Trolley Tour

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Scenic Overview of Newport Viking Trolley Tour

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Get your bearings of Newport on a guided trolley tour of the city, which fills you in on Newport's history and contemporary culture as you travel among city sights. From restored homes on Ten Mile Ocean Drive to the legendary mansions of Bellevue Avenue, this tour introduces you to Newport with class and charm suitable of this historic city.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Newport, Rhode Island City Tour

Private Newport, Rhode Island City Tour

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Explore the major attractions of Newport on a private 2-hour sightseeing tour with a lifelong local. Private transportation enables you to cover more of the vibrant city easily and comfortably. Discover Cliff Walk, Victorian neighborhood, Ocean Drive, and more with your private guide. Of course, you can pause the tour at any time to take photos or simply enjoy the ‘City by the Sea’ atmosphere.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Scenic Newport, RI Self-Driving Audio Tour

Scenic Newport, RI Self-Driving Audio Tour

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Explore Newport, RI with a scenic self-guided driving tour! See everything this seaside town has to offer at your own pace. As you drive down Bellevue Avenue, the "most beautiful avenue in the world", see and learn about the gorgeous Gilded Age Mansions along the way - including The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms, Rosecliff, Château-sur-mer, and more. Continue along Ocean Drive, featuring breathtaking vistas. This self-guided tour allows you to explore with maximum flexibility and value. Recommended: Purchase one tour per car. Everyone can listen together! Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a password and an app. Download the app onto your phone, enter password, and download tour. Drive to the Visitor Center, start the tour, and follow the instructions! Stick to the route and speed limit for the best experience. Password is valid for 30 days from the Travel Date. This is not an entrance ticket to any attraction. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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