Rhode Island’s Newport is a quintessential New England town. Boasting a long history, this city exudes an intimate and romantic vibe well complemented by a gorgeous seaside scenery. These are some of the reasons vacationing couples are attracted to Newport.
Historically, the city’s popularity grew when it became the summer playground for the wealthiest families in the US. That is why, it is hard to miss the exquisite, opulent mansions found all around the city particularly on Bellevue Avenue. Some of these mansions offer tours that provide guests the opportunity to marvel at their magnificent interiors and exteriors and Gilded Age design.
Newport is a marvelous vacation spot year round. But it becomes an even more special and vibrant destination during major festivals and fairs like the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival.
The city is also well known for its historic lighthouses. You can take time to visit some of them by driving. But you can also admire these old structures from the sea. The Rhode Island Bay Cruise allows you to experience unforgettable views of the city’s iconic lighthouses through a 90-minute leisure boat cruise in Narragansett Bay.
Most visitors of this city tend to stay in cozy inns and boutique hotels near the harbor area. And who can blame them as this part of the town is arguably the most picturesque. If you are a fan of nice waterfront dining, then Newport’s excellent ensemble of harbor restaurants will satisfy this desire. But before you can think of dinner, Newport has a lot in store for you during the day. It is an absolute delight to walk around Newport’s downtown as the area is beautifully adorned with cobblestone streets, shops, galleries and restaurants.
Aside from the beauty of the harbor, the dominant visitor action can be found at Thames Street, which has emerged as the main tourist strip in the city. Although you can visit Thames at any time during the day as it is filled with shops, bars and boutiques, the street is at its most exciting self at night. Visitors enjoy having dinner along this strip so if you want to ensure a spot, make sure to reserve well ahead. But if you prefer to go where the locals hang out, head over to Broadway Avenue.
Despite its metropolitan side, you can easily access nature while in Newport. Because the city lies at the southern end of Aquidneck Island, it is surrounded by towering cliffs and nice beaches. This accounts for t prevailing fun, beach and surf culture in this city, amidst its aristocratic reputation. The more than 300 acre wildlife refuge called Norman Bird Sanctuary is also quite close. Here, you can relax on the beach or do some bird watching while hiking. One of the famous hiking routes in this area is the one that leads to the huge jutting rock called Hanging Rock.
There are many ways to enjoy Newport’s amazing shoreline. You can walk, bike or take a water taxi. You can also rent a car and drive the 10-mile Ocean Drive. This very scenic road features the Green Bridge, private beaches and grand houses. Another iconic city landmark is Fort Adams. This historical fort is now a regular hosts to the biggest events and festivals in the city.