From its humble beginnings as a shipbuilding port to its current reputation as the yachting capital of the United States, Newport has always been tied to the sea. Many mansions were erected in Newport to maximize the grand, scenic views of the big, blue sea.
Locals will even tell you of a tale of a mysterious stone tower that sits on a hill above the harbor that was allegedly built by the Vikings. It’s more likely though that the structure was constructed to be a mill in the 1600s. Nevertheless, it has been woven into the fabric of Newport lore that includes the outrageous tales of the Vanderbilts and the Astors.
Sailing, though, isn’t the only thing that makes Newport famous as it is also home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum, which is inside a historic complex where the very first US National Championships took place way back in 1881. There’s also the Gilded Age mansions and other structures that date back to the colonial era, including nine that were erected before 1700. There are also entire neighborhoods filled with pre-Revolution buildings!
While there’s no doubt that Newport has something for everyone—whether it’s history, culture, art, sailing, tennis, beaches and even shopping—you still can’t help but feel apprehensive about heading to these spots with the threat of COVID-19 still around. If you still want to enjoy these spectacular sites without having to rub shoulders with a lot of other people, there’s one way you can do that: with a self-guided tour!
Simply download the app from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store and you can then either walk or drive along a recommended route while listening to a narrator relay intriguing bits of information and fascinating stories about the places that you’re visiting. With the app, you can enjoy hours of cool facts and stories on every tour. And the best part is, your safety is all but guaranteed, as you’ll be avoiding crowds because you’ll be heading to the tourist spots on your own time.
You can just fill up the gas tank of your car and casually drive from one spot to another. No rushing to catch up to a spot’s business hours or to line up on queues. You can just walk around by yourself or with a small group, or just spend all your time inside the vehicle—the choice is yours. What’s guaranteed is with the guided self-tour, you will get to enjoy the attractions when you want to and in the manner that you want to.
Take in everything that Newport, Rhode Island has to offer with this scenic self-guided driving tour that will let you see and experience everything this seaside town has to offer, but on your own time and pace. This three-hour tour will regale you with 49 fascinating stories and 39 deep dives that start at the Visitor Center and then, take you down Bellevue Avenue, which has long been considered as the “most beautiful avenue in the world.” You will also learn about the exquisite Gilded Age Mansions that include The Breakers, Marble House, The Elms, Rosecliff and so much more.
The world-famous Newport Cliff Walk is one of the most gorgeous, scenic walks in the entire world as it features the raw and feral waves of the Atlantic Ocean on one side while the luxurious, Gilded Age mansions dot the other. With this four-hour self-guided tour, you’ll be regaled with 34 stories and 31 deep dives that will take you through the Gilded Age where you’ll learn about the Vanderbilts, the Astors and other millionaires that are responsible for building all those grand houses in Newport.
Get the quintessential Newport, Rhode Island experience with the Cliff Walk & Drive Self-Guided Tour. This comprehensive seven-hour escapade will tell you an incredible 83 stories and 70 deep dives about the iconic Cliff Walk, which winds past Gilded Age palatial mansions such as The Breakers and the Marble House. On top of these, you’ll also learn about the mansions, the region’s historic past and well known American millionaires like the Vanderbilts and the Astors.
Experience the finest that Providence has to offer in this three-hour self-guided tour. With 68 stories and five deep dives in the app, you will learn about the foodie spots and the gorgeous architecture of the buildings in Providence, Rhode Island. The tour will take you to the historic Federal Hill, the Brown University campus and tell you stories about the State House, Barnaby Castle and the Wedding Cake House.
5) Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial
Another place that the tour will take you to is the Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial, which has been designed to honor those who have survived the Holocaust as well as those who lost their lives. It also seeks to tell the story after the last of the survivors moves on into history. This two-hour tour has seven stories and 14 deep dives, and will serve as a guide into the quiet symbolism featured in the memorial’s design and connects you to ways to learn more and advance the message of “never forget.”
Newport, Rhode Island is an intriguing place that has plenty to offer. From the grand mansions to the historic structures to the somber memorial, Newport is filled with wonder and intrigue and is a place that you must place on your bucket list. If you want to learn about Newport in a safe and refreshing way, the Action Tour Guide Self-Guided Driving and Walking Tours is the way to go. An audio guide, map and tour book, all in one nifty package, you can download the app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, which can then transform your phone into a personal tour guide that will provide you with a profound experience