Newport, RI

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Newport showing general coastal views and rugged coastline

Come to Newport to stroll down mansion-lined boulevards, eat in fine harbor-side restaurants, shop in classy boutique stores or enjoy a music festival.

For many years a playground to America’s elite, Newport, Rhode Island now makes a multitude of riches accessible to all. Relax on pristine beaches, enjoy superb shopping and dining and visit the former mansions of some of America’s wealthiest people.

Walk down Bellevue Avenue and peer over hedges at opulent mansions once owned by the Vanderbilts and other millionaires. Luxury yachts gleaming in the sun in the harbor make an impressive spectacle as well.

If you’re looking for something more understated, stroll down narrow cobbled streets in the town’s center, where you’ll also see a large number of 18th-century colonial homes. Stop in a café or explore Newport’s many boutique stores. Discover the highest concentration of shops, restaurants and bars along Thames Street.

It’s easy to see why America’s elite have vacationed here for decades when you discover the natural beauty the town has to offer. Visit Bailey’s Beach or the popular Ballard Park. Enjoy some of the most scenic sections by walking the famous Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) stroll with stunning views and abundant wildlife.

Some of America’s most important music festivals take place on the lawns of Fort Adams, a short boat ride from Newport Harbor. The Newport Folk Festival in July and the Newport Jazz Festival in August are pinnacles of an excellent year-round schedule of events.

Newport is an easy city to get around on foot or by bike. Make sure you spend time on the water during your visit too. Take a cruise along the coast or rent a kayak and explore alone. Join one of the daily fishing charters or test your skill as a photographer by capturing one of Newport’s stunning sunsets.

Many visitors fly into Boston and then drive 71 miles (114 kilometers) to Newport. Visit during summer to enjoy Newport in all its bustling and sun-drenched glory or come in winter to have quaint streets, stunning mansions and beautiful beaches to yourself.

Where to stay in Newport

OceanCliff Hotel & Resort
OceanCliff Hotel & Resort
3.5 out of 5
65 Ridge Road, Newport, RI, 02840
The price is $199 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Newport. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (397 reviews)
"The staff at check in and out were very accommodating. Beautiful property."

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

OceanCliff Hotel & Resort
Hotel Viking
Hotel Viking
4 out of 5
1 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI, 02840
The price is $251 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 4-star luxury hotel in Newport. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar in our reviews. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,164 reviews)
"It was very close to everything! Shopping, restaurants, bars all in walking distance This is an historical hotel and is immaculately pristine condition. The hotel staff were friendly and very helpful. I can’t wait to go back!!!"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Hotel Viking
The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina
The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina
3 out of 5
49 America's Cup Ave, Newport, RI, 02840
The price is $308 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 21
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Newport. Enjoy free WiFi, a marina, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (970 reviews)
"Did not like the $20 extra fee for amenities. What exactly were the amenities? The heater for the pool was broken."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Newport Lofts - 359 Thames Street
The Newport Lofts - 359 Thames Street
4 out of 5
359 Thames Street, Newport, RI, 02840
The price is $335 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star vacation home in Newport. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Newport Mansions and Thames Street are ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Definitely Recommend
"Awesome decore and location, service was excellent!"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2020

The Newport Lofts - 359 Thames Street
The Newport Lofts - 617 Thames Street
The Newport Lofts - 617 Thames Street
4 out of 5
617 Thames Street, Newport, RI, 02840
The price is $510 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 4-star vacation home in Newport. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Newport Mansions and Thames Street are ...
4/5 Very Good! (3 reviews)
"The property consists of two rental units but this fact is not obvious from the pictures on the website. We did not get the rooftop deck with a view of the harbor. That belongs to the other unit. The sewer pipes are enclosed in the paper-thin walls of the first floor bedroom of our unit so every ..."

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

The Newport Lofts - 617 Thames Street
IRISH AMERICAN INN - Cliff Walk - free parking
IRISH AMERICAN INN - Cliff Walk - free parking
Newport, RI
The price is $395 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this apartment in Newport. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Newport Mansions and Thames Street are located nearby. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Beautiful accomodations great location!
"Gorgeous home, comfortable and clean and centrally located to all downtown Newport has to offer!"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

IRISH AMERICAN INN - Cliff Walk - free parking
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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