We’ve got nearly 400 years of seriously historic rebellion and artistry and history and innovation. And don’t even get us started on the downright stunning natural beauty of this place. It’s a lot, in all the right ways. When you're not sure where to start, head to one (or all) of our 12 favorite spots. 

COVID-19 NOTE:

When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. The mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been lifted, however local businesses may ask you to wear a mask when visiting their establishments. Please be prepared for individual business mask policies. Additionally, shops, attractions and tours are monitoring the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to socially distance to enter. 

All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, adhere to guidelines and maintain social distancing. 

 

   

1 Ocean Drive

Think: 10 miles of commanding coastline meets one winding road. Start your journey down Ocean Drive just off historic Bellevue Avenue and continue along the drive for an undeniably tranquil journey. Warning: May cause severe relaxation.

   

2 Mansion Tours

Experience life of high society in turn-of-the-century America inside the meticulously maintained former summer "cottages" of America’s wealthiest. From a 70-room Italian-renaissance style palazzo to the first home run on electricity without a back-up, the Newport Mansions like nothing you’ve ever seen – we promise.

   

3 Cliff Walk

There's a reason people travel from all over to experience Newport's 3.5-mile Cliff Walk. It's where the serenity of salt air and the familiar sound of crashing waves collides with the awe of Gilded Age architecture. It's also where total invigoration meets utter relief.

   

   

4 Outdoor Recreation

There’s something transcendent about being outdoors on the coast. A pantheon of hiking trails, invigorating harbor cruises, one-of-a-kind immersive experiences (hint: Rail Explorers), a bike path along the bay that’ll leave you feeling brand new—all infused with a side of sea breeze.

Hiking Path That Winds Through Vegetation To The Sea In Newport

Hiking + Walking Trails

From light and leisurely scenic walks along the coastline to moderately intense trails in picturesque New England forests, here are our favorite spots to get outdoors.

Rail Explorers

Rail Bike Tours

Explorer rail bikes have four steel wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, pedals for each seat, and are comfortable, fun and easy to ride. Although the rail explorers require pedaling, the magic of steel…

Biking in tiverton

Guide to Biking In + Around Newport

Whether you're looking for a light and leisurely ride or something a bit more challenging, Newport offers some of the most scenic paths for exploring on two wheels. Cover more ground and avoid parking…

   

5 Trolley Tours

Nearly 400 years of history leaves a lot to look at in its wake. From some of the oldest buildings in the country to breathtaking architecture and sweeping ocean views, travel between sites and centuries aboard an iconic old-fashioned trolley.

Bellevue Trolley

   

6 Museums

When you step foot on The Classic Coast, you see how proud we are of our diverse culture and history. Wander unique art museums, historical house museums, car and sailing museums and more. Take your pick and immerse yourself.

Newport Car Museum

The private collection of nearly 70 automobiles at the Newport Car Museum offers a journey through…

Newport Art Museum

The Newport Art Museum, located on Bellevue Avenue, was founded in 1912 and features artwork from a…

   

7 Stroll Downtown

Wander downtown along cobblestone paths lined with a mix of local boutiques, exquisite galleries, award-winning eateries, eclectic artisans and so much more.

   

8 Wineries + Breweries

Settle into an Adirondack chair as warm light settles over rolling vines with an aromatic glass of local wine as your company. Or savor a glass of craft beer brewed with locally-grown ingredients at one of the area's craft breweries. This is where your senses indulge.

   

9 Christmas in Newport

Come Christmas, the historic charm of the Classic Coast transforms into a scintillating wonderland of twinkling lights and evergreen aplenty. Experience festive events for each day throughout December as part of the Christmas in Newport celebration.

Bowen's Wharf Christmas Downtown

   

10 Coastal Communities

Discover the understated magic that dwells in each coastal community that together comprise the Classic Coast. Explore the oldest topiary garden in the U.S. in Portsmouth, or the 325-acre bird sanctuary in neighboring Middletown, or Beavertail State Park that rests at the southernmost tip of Jamestown.

   

11 Local Eateries

A bowl of killer clam chowder after a day in the sun. A platter of oysters hauled from local waters. Catch of the day served over a menagerie of fresh, straight-from-the-farm offerings. This Classic Coast is nothing if not a culinary oasis.

   

12 Festivals

This is the place where 13 acres of sailboats dot the harbor like clockwork each year for the International Boat Show. Where one million daffodils bloom come each April for the annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival. Where legendary musicians take the stage at the Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals. It’s also the place where warm memories are made.

   

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