Newport, Rhode Island Top 10
Collected by Ann Shields, AFAR Staff
44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport, RI 02840, USA
Tour at least a few of the Newport mansions—euphemistically called "summer cottages" by their initial occupants—for an inside look at the incredible wealth and royal ambitions of 19th-century America's 1 percenters. Even with its gold-leaf...
Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge, Newport, RI, USA
Hop on the Jamestown Newport Ferry to visit this little working lighthouse a mile out in Narragansett Bay. Restored by a nonprofit group, the 1912 lighthouse and its island can be visited either for an hour or overnight. The nonprofit maintains...
Newport, RI 02840, USA
As with most port towns, the area around Newport's waterfront was the first part of the city settled when colonists arrived in 1639. A remarkable number of colonial buildings still stand and are still in use within the 100-hectare (250-acre) swath...
Bowens Wharf, Newport, RI 02840, USA
Between Newport's America's Cup sailing history and the sight of sunlight sparkling on blue Narragansett Bay, it's hard to resist the urge to get out on the water. Cruises and sailing lessons are widely available in the wharf area downtown, some...
141 Spring St, Newport, RI 02840, USA
Home to an Episcopal parish formed in 1698, Trinity Church was built in 1726 to replace a smaller church. The airy interior of the wooden structure features box pews, which were useful in blocking the cold drafts of a New England winter. Note the...
76 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, USA
Located just uphill from the port, this American art museum occupies two historic buildings, the Cushing Gallery and the Griswold House. The museum emphasizes work by Rhode Island artists or those who worked in New England. Gilbert Stuart, the...
Newport, RI 02840, USA
Bellevue Avenue, the long boulevard lined by Gilded Age mansions, takes a turn at its southern end to become stunning Ocean Drive, part of Ten Mile Drive, which traces the southern coastline of the island. The views—light glinting off the water...
492 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840, USA
A relatively new addition on stately Bellevue Avenue, this museum opened in 1998 in one of Newport's historic mansions, Vernon Court, with adjacent grounds designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The collection focuses primarily on...
85 Touro St, Newport, RI 02840, USA
The oldest standing synagogue in the United States, Touro Synagogue was built in 1763 to accommodate Newport's growing Jewish community, which had begun to arrive in 1658. During the Revolutionary War, the British used the synagogue as a hospital,...
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