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Newport Introduction


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Situated on an island in Narragansett Bay, Newport, Rhode Island, has been attracting visitors to its sheltered harbors and picturesque cliffs since the Gilded Age. The wealthiest residents furnished their lavish Rhode Island mansions with imported marble, fine wood and polished crystal. They gave dinner parties for pets and draped their slumbering horses in satin sheets. They ate off solid gold dishes under glittering Baccarat chandeliers.   Click here to see the full Newport travel guide on Travel42 »

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Newport Geography


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Newport occupies the southern tip of Aquidneck Island, which sits in the middle of Narragansett Bay. The town's main drags are Bellevue Avenue and Thames Street, each of which runs north-south. Thames Street traverses Newport's historic downtown and harbor areas, ending just a block away from the southern end of Broadway, the city's municipal hub. Bellevue Avenue, a few blocks south and parallel to Thames, runs past many of the city's majestic late-19th-century homes. Ocean Drive intersects the southern end of Bellevue Avenue and heads west along the shoreline.  Click here to see the full Newport travel guide on Travel42 »

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Newport History


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The town was founded in 1639 by religious dissenters fleeing the intolerant Puritans of Massachusetts Bay Colony. The new residents, who obtained land from the Narragansett tribe, welcomed people of all faiths, including Quakers, Jews and Roman Catholics.  Click here to see the full Newport travel guide on Travel42 »

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Newport Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Newport is not a big city, but you can't see everything in one day—there's so much to explore in this compact seaside locale. Whether you're interested in art and architecture or outdoor pursuits, you'll find almost too much to do in a brief visit. The summer crowds don't make it any easier, either. On the other hand, Newport is less hectic on weekdays even during the high season (Memorial Day-Labor Day), and sightseeing is truly a pleasure in the shoulder seasons, with May, September and October offering warm weather, lighter crowds and ample activities.   Click here to see the full Newport travel guide on Travel42 »

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Newport Nightlife


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Newport's nightlife peaks in the summer months, when the city is filled with sightseers, vacationing families, college students and yacht crews (who can almost match the college students in their partying). At that time of year, there is always something going on in Newport bars and clubs, especially those along the waterfront. Off-season, many local neighborhood bars have more limited hours but still feature musical acts on weekends.  Click here to see the full Newport travel guide on Travel42 »

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Newport Restaurants & Dining


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Newport is a gourmand's delight, with excellent restaurants to suit any taste and budget. For a community this size, the choices are surprisingly eclectic. You can dine in a 17th-century building that is one of the oldest active taverns in the U.S., enjoy afternoon tea, eat freshly caught seafood by the water's edge, sample multicultural cuisines or experience a European-style bistro.   Click here to see the full Newport travel guide on Travel42 »

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