Lively Newport, one of Rhode Island's most popular destinations by the sea, is a city with international appeal, that is steeped in history, cultural events and a sailing pedigree second to none.
One of America's oldest towns, Newport's streets are lined with carefully restored colonial architecture, much of it brought back to life by the legacy of Doris Duke, a long-time resident.
Take a drive along Bellevue Avenue to Ocean Drive to catch glimpses of Gilded Age mansions and grand summer residences. Better yet, spend an afternoon visiting a few, such as Duke's former home, Rough Point. Stop at Castle Hill Inn and Restaurant for dinner or a drink while sitting on the lawn and watching yachts enter Newport's famous harbor.
Visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame, to see one of America's first grass courts and then dine in a leisurely fashion or in style at one of the city's many restaurants.
Visit the eclectic shops of Bowen's Wharf, or historic lower Thames, or follow the coastline along The Cliff Walk, to catch glimpses of magnificent yards and gardens of Bellevue's mansions that stretch to the sea. Relax on one of the town's beaches after a day of sailing, or take in a movie at the historic Jane Pickens Theatre, lovingly restored in the downtown area.