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Newport, RI: Cliff Walk Self Guided Walking Mansion Tour

1. 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: Self-Guided Combo Tour

2. 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.

From Providence: Day Trip around Rhode Island

3. From Providence: Day Trip around Rhode Island

Marveling at scenic views and learn about the history and culture of the Ocean State on this full-day bus tour. Uncover the things that make Rhode Island so attractive, including the quaint New England villages, scenic islands, magnificent beaches, picturesque lighthouses, and spectacular mansions. Start your day meeting up with your expert guide and hop aboard a climate-controlled tour bus as you embark on this full-day journey. Explore the smallest state in America, at 48 miles long and 37 miles wide. Begin in historic Providence and wind your way around the largest estuary in New England. Pass through charming Wickford, stunning Newport, Bristol (deemed America’s most patriotic town), and many other places. Along the way, there will be opportunities for you to get out, take pictures, and see things up close. After a full day of exploration, your tour will conclude where you first met.

Newport, RI: Guided Day Trip from Providence

4. Newport, RI: Guided Day Trip from Providence

Begin your day trip from Providence by meeting up with your expert guide. Hop aboard an air-conditioned tour bus and set off for Newport. Travel along breathtaking Ocean Drive where you will see and hear the stories behind the marvelous summer homes. Many of these homes are of famous Americans, including the Kennedys, the Vanderbilts, Jay Leno, and Judge Judy. Along the way, explore the cobblestone streets dating back to the colonial era. Take in the picturesque inner harbor of the sailing capital of the United States. Visit a magnificent lighthouse and see the famous Cliff Walk. Discover the interesting stories and fantastic sights of the city with your guide and in your free time on your own. After making your way around the city, your tour will finish back where you first met.

Newport: Cliff Walk Self-Guided Walking Tour

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Cliff Walk, Newport

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 9 reviews

It was very educational and easy to understand. I got to do the tour of the mansions but I would like to listen to the tour of the cliff walk now that I’m back in New York just to listen to the history. Will I be able to do that.

I was hesitant at first;however, this was perfect! We did not have any issues with the information as we drove along the path. I was impressed with how intuitive it was. I would definitely recommend this.

I would recommend this for a more detailed and enjoyable drive through by the Newport mansions. Interesting stories and detailed directions. Worth it!