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Newport Cliff Walk

Backyard views of the famous mansions to one side, a beautiful rocky coastline to the other

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  Would you call a home with 70 rooms a cottage? If not, you’re obviously not Cornelius Vanderbilt II. The Breakers, the “summer cottage... more »

Tips:  The 3 1/2-mile Cliff Walk can be accessed from any road running east off Bellevue Avenue. The unpaved sections can be difficult for... more »

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Points of Interest

The largest of the Newport mansions was built in 1895 for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, president of the New York Central Railroad. Architect Richard Morris Hunt modeled the four-story, 70-room residence after the palaces of the Italian Renaissance. From the outside, beginning with your walk through the Ivy League–like gate, you can see that this... More

Newport’s most romantic mansion was built in 1902, commissioned by Tessie Hermann Oelrichs, who inherited a Nevada silver fortune from her father. Stanford White modeled the palace after the Grand Trianon at Versailles. Rosecliff has a heart-shaped staircase and Newport’s largest private ballroom. Some scenes from The Great Gatsby and True Lies... More

3. Astors' Beechwood

The original mistress of this oceanfront mansion, Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, was the queen of American society in the late 19th century. Her husband, William Backhouse Astor, was a member of one of the wealthiest families in the nation. As you’re guided through the 1857 mansion, actors in period costume play the family, servants, and household... More

One of the most opulent of the Newport mansions, the Richard Hunt Morris–designed home is known for its extravagant gold ballroom. The house was completed in 1892 by William Vanderbilt, who gave it as a gift to his wife, Alva. Alva divorced William in 1895 and married Oliver Perry Belmont, becoming the lady of Belcourt Castle. When Oliver died in ... More

The late tobacco heiress and preservationist Doris Duke hosted such celebs as Elizabeth Taylor at her Newport mansion. The 105-room home was built in the English manor style in 1889. Miss Duke filled Rough Point with works by such masters as Renoir and Reynolds (of all the Newport mansions, Duke’s has the best art collection). Furnishings range... More