Newport Classics
Cliff Walk

This scenic 3.5-mile walkway hugs the edge of Newport's shoreline and snakes by the backyards of many of the town's most glamorous mansions. Many visitors start at Easton's Beach or The Breakers mansion and head south to Bailey's Beach. Along the way, you'll catch a glimpse of other famous homes like the Marble House and Rough Point.

You'll find the Cliff Walk on the shore of Easton Bay and Sheep Point Cove between Memorial Boulevard and Bailey's Beach. Check out the Cliff Walk's website to learn more about the trail.

Thames Street

Nestled just steps from the waterfront, Thames Street has been Newport's main commercial drag since the 18th century. Here you'll find a collection of local shops like Thames Glass and Newport Fudgery, as well as more conventional stores like Express and Banana Republic. There's also a decent dining scene, ranging from budget-friendly seafood spots to ritzier establishments, such as Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant and Bouchard Inn & Restaurant.

This area also claims a high concentration of colonial homes, dating back to the late 17th and early 18th centuries that are worth exploring.

The Breakers

Newport's mansions are remnants of the lavish lifestyles of America's wealthiest industrialists in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Of all of Newport's famous homes, The Breakers mansion is the cream of the summer cottage crop. Commissioned in 1893 by railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt II, The Breakers is a Renaissance-style "summer cottage" inspired by the palaces in northern Italy. Its opulence knows no bounds: Italian marble, ornate gold ceilings, French antique furnishings and fixtures, diamonds, rubies and other precious gems encrusted in the walls … the list of absurdly expensive details goes on and on.

The mansion is open every day with tours starting at 9 a.m. and ending between 3 and 6 p.m., depending on the season. Tours cost $20.99 for adults and $6.99 for children ages 6 to 17 years.Check out The Preservation Society of Newport County's website for more information on tours and operating hours.

Rough Point

Originally owned by the Vanderbilt family, Rough Point eventually fell into the hands of local philanthropist, tobacco heiress and art collector Doris Duke, who refurbished the estate and donated it to the Newport Restoration Foundation in 1993. The property, which was reopened in 2000 as a museum, features family heirlooms and artwork and antiquities collected by Duke, plus two gardens and bay views.

If you're interested in a guided tour, tickets can be purchased in advance on the mansion's website.

Fort Adams

Overlooking Brenton Cove in Newport's Fort Adams State Park, this historic military compound was once used to defend Newport's harbor from potential enemies. Once it was gifted to the state of Rhode Island in 1965, the fortress reopened as a historic landmark. Today, visitors can wander the fort's halls and underground tunnels while taking in views of the harbor and Narragansett Bay.

For more information about Fort Adams, check out the attraction's website.

Marble House

Though the most well-known historic home in the area is The Breakers mansion, another must-see property by the Cliff Walk is the Marble House. Like The Breakers, the Marble House was originally owned by the Vanderbilt family. However, unlike its famous counterpart, this grand home was inspired by Versailles' Petit Trianon building and was named for the 500,000 cubic feet of marble used in its design.

Visit The Preservation Society of Newport County's official website for more information about the Marble House.

Touro Synagogue

Newport's Touro Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the U.S. The Orthodox Jewish congregation has had ties to Newport since 1658, though their building wasn't completed until 1763.

Whether you're a devout Jew or just appreciate American history, past visitors said you cannot miss a chance to tour this historic landmark. Tour guides are extremely informative, and the building's colonial architecture is beautiful, according to reviewers. Just remember to check the property's tour times before you visit since daily operating hours vary depending on the season.

Check out the synagogue's website for more information on tours and services.

Eating and Drinking
Newports Finest

Restaurant Bouchard ($$$$): Fancy French with a great wine list; 505 Thames Street; 401-846-0123

22 Bowen's Wine Bar and Grill ($$$$): Steak and Seafood with a view; Bowen's Wharf; 401-841-8884

The White Horse Tavern ($$$$): The city's oldest tavern with American cuisine and warm fireplace; 26 Marlborough Street; 401-849-3600

Black Pearl ($$$): Fresh seafood and stunning views; Bannister's Wharf; 401-846-5264

Local Favorites

Midtown Oyster Bar ($$$): A Newport hot spot for seafood and rooftop bar; 345 Thames Street; 401-619-4100

Corner Cafe ($$): Friendly cafe with great breakfast and lunch options; 110 Broadway; 401-846-0606

The Mooring ($$$): Fresh and creative fish and seafood with a great wine list;1 Sayers Wharf; 401-846-2260

Brick Alley Pub ($$): Diverse menu with throwback decorations; 140 Thames Street: 401-849-6334

Benjamin's Restaurant and Raw Bar ($$): "Home of the Mothershucker"; 254 Thames Street; 401-846-8768

Breweries and Vineyards

Newport Storm Brewery & Newport Distilling Co.; 293 JT Connell Road; 401-849-5232

Greenvale Vineyards: 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI; 401-847-3777

Newport Vineyards: 909 East Main Road, Middletown, RI; 401-848-5161

Ragged Island Brewing Company: 200 Highpoint Avenue, Portsmouth, RI