The Newport mansions of the Gilded Age still impress with their grandeur—of course, that’s what they were built to do. If you have time to only tour one estate, check out The Breakers. Near the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Audrain Auto Museum houses a seasonally rotating display of impressive cars inside a gorgeous Art Deco building.
Take the Cliff Walk, which has stunning views over the ocean, or relax at the public Easton’s Beach. Stroll past cool shops and eateries on narrow Thames Street. On Marlborough Street, dine at the White Horse Tavern, which claims to be America’s oldest restaurant, or duck over to The Reef at Howard Wharf for dinner and drinks with a view. Near the harbor, Bowen’s Wharf’s buildings date back to the 1700s and today offer an inviting maze of restaurants and shops. Stroll over the causeway to Goat Island where the Newport Harbor Lighthouse is overlooked by the upscale Gurney’s Resort.