Unlike other seaside cities, Newport, Rhode Island, blooms with grand mansions built by the nation’s super-rich during the “Gilded Age”. Ocean breezes drew the wealthy, who constructed the “cottages” as summer residences to escape the heat of New York, Philadelphia, and other urban areas.
Newport has become synonymous with sea, sailing, and society. Tour the mansions, walk sea-splashed coasts, learn about the dynamics of sailing at the sport’s new museum, and take in splendid sea views.
Along with sumptuous seafood, Newport features historic places of worship, wildlife sanctuaries, and classic ocean views.