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Newport: Scenic Trolley Tour

1. Newport: Scenic Trolley Tour

Hop aboard an old-fashioned trolley and explore Newport, Rhode Island during this 90 minutes scenic tour. Begin your day meeting at the Visitor Center of Newport where you will be greeted by your tour guide. Begin your adventure as you set off into Newport to enjoy the charm of the historic downtown area and restored homes to glorious mansions on the water. Take in the rugged beauty of Ten-Mile Ocean Drive and the fabulous mansions along tree-lined Bellevue Avenue. Enjoy viewing homes and architecture from the Modern Age to the Gilded Age. During this narrated tour you will view over 150 points of interest including Historic Thames Street, The Newport Waterfront, The Breakers, Marble House, and Rosecliff.  Upgrade your ticket and visit the historic Breakers Mansion located on the elaborate estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt. The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Take in the lavish decor and waterfront views as you tour the property grounds. The additional mansion tour will last about 3 hours.

Newport: Cliff Walk Self-Guided Walking Tour

2. Newport: Cliff Walk Self-Guided Walking Tour

Embark on a scenic cliff walk along a 3.5-mile trail along the eastern shore of Newport Rhode Island. Use your audio guide which has been created by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Begin the tour at Easton’s Beach. As you walk down the path, see Gilded Age mansions representing an era of lavish wealth and unbridled excess. Hear the stories of the Vanderbilts, Astors, and other American millionaires behind mansions like The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff, and others. After the walk at 40 Steps, continue to the Ochre Court. Discover the second-largest of Newport’s famous mansions, built for banker and real estate mogul Ogden Goelet. Finally, end the tour with scenic views at Bailey’s Beach.

Newport: Self-Guided Combo Tour

3. Newport: Self-Guided Combo Tour

Explore Newport on a self-guided driving tour via an app that functions as your own personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. See everything this seaside town has to offer at your own pace. Learn about local history, take a scenic walk, and admire elegant mansions as you drive. Download the app, then start the tour at the visitor center. As you drive down Bellevue Avenue, known as 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. Learn about Newport's historic past, and iconic American millionaires like the Vanderbilts and Astors. Then, park up and stroll along the famous Cliff Walk which features the raw, untamed, crashing waves of the Atlantic to one side and lavish Gilded Age mansions to the other. This juxtaposition creates one of the most beautiful scenic walks in the world.

Newport, Rhode Island: Scenic Self-Driving Audio Tour

4. Newport, Rhode Island: Scenic Self-Driving Audio Tour

Discover the city known for its picturesque Gilded Age mansions on a self-driven audio tour. Found out how the rich in America made and spent their money at the turn of the twentieth century. This 12 mile-long tour covers the essentials of scenic Newport, Rhode Island, in 1-2 hours. Start from the Visitor Center on America’s Cup Avenue. Here, listen to the story of Gilded Age America and how it shaped the future. While driving, you will first see the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Next up is the Audrain Auto Museum before you start exploring the Gilded Age mansions. Marvel at the first among them, Edward King House, followed by Kingscote and Bellevue House. Continuing on the avenue, come across The Elms, Chepstow, Ochre Court, and then The Breakers. From there, proceed to Chateau-Sur-Mer, Rosecliff, Beechwood, Marble House, and Belcourt Castle before ending this part of the tour at Rough Point. From there, continue on Ocean Avenue and drive toward Crossways while enjoying the Ocean Drive and hearing its story. Next, listen to the story about Brenton Point State Park and Hammersmith Farm, the summer home of Jackie Kennedy, wife of John. F. Kennedy. On the last leg of the tour, drive and hear stories of Fort Adam, Beacon Rock, Bonniecrest, Ida Lewis Rock, and Rochambeau Monument. The tour concludes in the Irish District.

Newport, RI: Cliff Walk Self Guided Walking Mansion Tour

5. Newport, RI: Cliff Walk Self Guided Walking Mansion Tour

Download this activity to your smartphone and make the most of Newport’s Cliff Walk. Follow clues and learn all about the area's history while walking along the scenic route. Start by the Forty Steps landmark, once a gathering place for the servants who worked in Newport’s mansions. Head to the Overlook for views of the Atlantic, or admire Easton's Beach. Witness Ochre Court, the Vinland Estate, and The Breakers, the most famous and largest mansion on the tour. Learn about families like the Vanderbilts and see Anglesea, designed so the ocean is visible from every side. Encounter Rosecliff, Beechwood, the Marble House, and more. Pause at the Chinese Tea House, Rough Point, and Land’s End. End your tour at The Waves, and the private stretch of sand at Bailey’s Beach.

Newport: Ocean Drive Historic District Self-Guided Tour

6. Newport: Ocean Drive Historic District Self-Guided Tour

Take in the awe-inspiring views and cool breeze that have attracted visitors to Newport for centuries. Learn about the colonialists who first settled along the harbor and the stunning summer cottages wealthy industrialists built on a self-guided driving journey. Download the tour app and head out on a trip through architectural gems like Rosecliff, where scenes from The Great Gatsby and 27 Dresses were filmed. See Newport’s largest house, The Breakers, as well as Rough Point, which was owned by heiress Doris Duke. While cruising through the Ocean Drive Historic District, gain a deeper appreciation for the history of the area. Drive past a 19th-century fortification at Fort Adams State Park, President Eisenhower’s old summer residence, and the Monument to Portuguese Discovery in Brenton Point State Park. Take in the impressive architecture of The Elms, Marble House, Ochre Court, and the Belcourt of Newport, and hear about Newport’s colonial and Gilded Age history from the audio guide. Enjoy the flexibility of stopping whenever you feel inspired or need a break.

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What people are saying about Rosecliff

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 87 reviews

I highly recommend taking this trolley tour early in your visit to Newport to become aware of all the beautiful places to see and things to do. Our guide, Ray, grew up in Newport and had lots of stories about how the city has changed and what has stayed the same. He pointed out important landmarks as well as current celebrity residences. He shared the history of the city in a very entertaining way.

Joe, our tour guide, was fabulous! Very knowledgeable and entertaining. He was very kind to stop for a bathroom break for 2 gentlemen on the tour who had the need. I was with a group of 11, and everyone had exceptionally positive feedback. We loved it!

Our tour guide Anne was amazing! She was so knowledgeable about Newport, the history, and the restaurants. She was patient and funny and told great stories. One of the best city tours I have been on!

Ray was an excellent tour guide he was very knowledgeable of the history in Newport. The tour of the mansion was pleasant. I would definitely recommend this tour to other travelers.

A wonderful walk, with an informative guide. I highly recommend this experience.