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Newport: Scenic Trolley Tour

1. Newport: Scenic Trolley Tour

Hop aboard an old-fashioned trolley and explore Newport, Rhode Island during this 90 minutes scenic tour. Begin your day meeting at the Visitor Center of Newport where you will be greeted by your tour guide. Begin your adventure as you set off into Newport to enjoy the charm of the historic downtown area and restored homes to glorious mansions on the water. Take in the rugged beauty of Ten-Mile Ocean Drive and the fabulous mansions along tree-lined Bellevue Avenue. Enjoy viewing homes and architecture from the Modern Age to the Gilded Age. During this narrated tour you will view over 150 points of interest including Historic Thames Street, The Newport Waterfront, The Breakers, Marble House, and Rosecliff.  Upgrade your ticket and visit the historic Breakers Mansion located on the elaborate estate of Cornelius Vanderbilt. The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Take in the lavish decor and waterfront views as you tour the property grounds. The additional mansion tour will last about 3 hours.

From Providence: Day Trip around Rhode Island

2. 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: Cliff Walk Self Guided Walking Mansion Tour

3. 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, 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.

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What people are saying about Newport, Rhode Island

I highly recommend taking this trolley tour early in your visit to Newport to become aware of all the beautiful places to see and things to do. Our guide, Ray, grew up in Newport and had lots of stories about how the city has changed and what has stayed the same. He pointed out important landmarks as well as current celebrity residences. He shared the history of the city in a very entertaining way.

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. We included admission to The Breakers in our tour and I would strongly recommend that to anyone who has not been there before. Our tour guide Ann was terrific. She was so knowledgeable and had a wonderful personality. We were so happy we did the tour.

Joe, our tour guide, was fabulous! Very knowledgeable and entertaining. He was very kind to stop for a bathroom break for 2 gentlemen on the tour who had the need. I was with a group of 11, and everyone had exceptionally positive feedback. We loved it!

Our tour guide Anne was amazing! She was so knowledgeable about Newport, the history, and the restaurants. She was patient and funny and told great stories. One of the best city tours I have been on!

Ray was an excellent tour guide he was very knowledgeable of the history in Newport. The tour of the mansion was pleasant. I would definitely recommend this tour to other travelers.