Rhode Island is a gorgeous state full of beautiful scenery, stunning architecture, and amazing beaches. Newport, the most picturesque port town in the state, is one of the best places to visit during your trip to the ocean state. Known for more than mansions and sailing, there are many incredible reasons to visit Newport, RI—we have a few of our favorites listed below.

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Newport, RI

Newport Cliff Walk

One of the simplest ways to experience the beauty of Newport is to explore it on the Cliff Walk. The 3.5-mile walkway lets you take in the best sightseeing locations with ease. Most people start at the popular Easton’s Beach and head south to Bailey’s Beach. As you walk, you’ll see plenty of famous homes and ocean views.

If you get tired of walking, think about driving along Ocean Drive. You still get the stunning views and there are plenty of places to stop to take everything in.

Tour Newport’s Mansions

Newport is home to many mansions that showcase the luxurious lifestyles of the nation’s wealthiest industrialists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The most popular one to visit is the mansion of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Created in 1893, The Breakers mansion’s opulence knows no bounds. Here’s a list of all the different mansions you can tour:

  • Breakers Mansion
  • Marble House
  • Chateau-sur-Mer
  • The Elms
  • Rosecliff
  • Chepstow
  • Kingscote
  • Isaac Bell House
  • Hunter House

Fort Adams State Park

A historic military compound, Fort Adams was once used to defend Newport’s harbor from potential enemies. Today, visitors can explore the fort’s halls and tunnels and simultaneously take in the sights from the harbor and Narragansett Bay. It’s open from 10am to 4pm, and you and your family members will love the experience. There are plenty of other tourist activities as well, so you can explore the area for a long time.

Explore the Town’s History

The enchantment of Newport partly comes from the rich history of the area. The town is home to the oldest synagogue in the U.S—the Touro Synagogue, as well as the oldest lending library in America—the Redwood Library and Athenæum. After a bit of culture, delve into some food at what many believe is oldest bar in America, White House Tavern. You’re sure to find plenty of the nation’s oldest structures in Newport.

Wonderful Waterfronts

Take a day trip to Newport and relax at one of the many beaches. There’s a lot of water in Rhode Island, so there’s plenty of wonderful ocean views and beaches to take advantage of. It’s a perfect location for anyone who loves the water—you can sunbathe, sail, or just sit and watch the waves.

Remember, you still have time for a trip, and chances are you probably need one. In fact, according to the U.S Travel Association, in 2017, “Americans forfeited 212 million days, which is equivalent to $62.2 billion in lost benefits.” Don’t lose out on that time to rest. Plan your day trip with New England Trips to truly enjoy your day off!