With mansions representing more than 250 years of social and architectural history, this tour combines all the highlights of the Newport scenic drive tour with a visit to one of the grand mansions. Passing through the historic colonial section, your scenic drive will take you along the world famous Ocean Drive where you’ll have spectacular views of Newport’s rocky coastline. Continuing to Bellevue Avenue, immerse yourself in a world of wealth and power as it existed at the dawn of the 20th century with a visit to one of the grand summer villas that defined the era known as the ‘Age of Beauty’.
Depending on local conditions, you’ll tour either the Elms or Rosecliff, both of which represent the height of gracious living and entertaining by America’s elite. Imagine yourself at a fabulous party in a magnificent ballroom or perhaps at a fairy tale dinner as your personal headset audio guide offers insight into the life and artifacts of this fascinating time in American history.
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Note: Due to the popularity of the Newport Mansions, please anticipate a wait of approximately 30 minutes. The actual tour involves approximately 45 minutes of slow walking or standing. The Elms is partially wheelchair accessible, the elevator is very narrow (27 inches) and will not fit motorized wheelchairs. There are six steps to enter the mansion. Flash photography, selfie sticks, & tripods prohibited inside the mansions.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.