Halfway between New York City and Boston, Newport has been a favorite coastal stopoff for decades. Now, the town of Gilded Age mansions and craveworthy clam chowder is suddenly on the map, and curious travelers are planning a trip to see what all the fuss is about. This month, Newport’s iconic harbor comes alive during the Volvo Ocean Race (May 8 to 20), a world renowned sailing event. Considering they chose Newport as the only North American date for the entire 10-month offshore race (other stops include Cape Town, Melbourne, and Hong Kong), it’s sure to be an exciting time in the Ocean State’s prettiest town.

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