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Bellvue and Ocean drive Tour, Newport, RI

Welcome to Newport’s Self Drive Tour. This is a GPS enabled professionally-narrated driving tour! We’ll see the architectural wonders of America’s Gilded Age as well as the natural beauty of the Atlantic coast.


Traversing the center of Newport, Bellevue Avenue and its surrounding streets are home to some of the most exclusive properties in New England. The affluent area is mostly residential, and includes many of the Gilded Age summer “cottages” built by such iconic names as Vanderbilt and Astor. Newport's famous Ocean Drive travels along the southern coast of Aquidneck Island. 

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The Elms Mansion

The Elms is a large mansion, facetiously a "summer cottage", designed by architect Horace Trumbauer for the coal baron Edward Julius Berwind, and was completed in 1901. Its design was copied from the Château d'Asnières in Asnières-sur-Seine, France. 

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Jackie Kennedy’s Hammersmith Farm

Hammersmith Farm is a Victorian mansion and estate located at Newport, Rhode Island, United States. It was the childhood home of First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, and the site of the reception for her 1953 wedding to U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy.

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Chateau-sur-Mer

Chateau-sur-Mer is a landmark of High Victorian architecture, furniture, wallpapers, ceramics and stenciling. It was the most palatial residence in Newport from its completion in 1852 until the appearance of the Vanderbilt houses in the 1890s.

The 12-mile tour covers the essentials of scenic Newport, Rhode Island.
• Start at Newport’s Visitor Center and travel down Bellevue Avenue, the most expensive street in America.
• See iconic mansions like the Breakers, Marble House, Elms, Rosecliff, Chateau-sur-Mer, Rough Point, and more.
• Continue along the gorgeous Ocean Drive, which hugs the Newport coastline.
See Jay Leno’s Seafair Villa, Jackie Kennedy’s Hammersmith Farm, and the NY Yacht Club HQ.

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