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Newport offers lovely scenic drives especially in foliage season

Beautiful drives for motored vehicles, motor bikes, and bicycles surround Newport and nearby town of Jamestown on Conanicut Island. Drives include Bellevue Avenue in Newport, where visitors can see many of the famous Newport mansions; Ocean Drive, along Newport's magnificent rocky cliffs and passing Fort Adams State Park; and Conanicut Island drive, passing the spectacular scenery of Narragansett Bay, rolling fields, and historic homes of Jamestown.

Ocean Avenue and Fort Adams in Newport -- 10 miles

Along the shoreline Newport, RI Phone:

Length: 10 miles

In the early 1800s many wealthy people from New York and Philadelphis escaped to Newport on Rhode Island during the hot summers. Some of those luminaries of the Gilded Age build the famous mansions -- The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff -- clustered near Bellevue Drive.
<br> Today, people drive, walk, and bicycle Ocean Avenue to enjoy dramatic vistas of the waters, islands, and bridges of Newport and neighboring Jamestown. Please watch for the safety of bicyclists; the shoulder on this road is slim.
Nearby Points of Interest:
Bannister’s Wharf. Just off America’s Cup Avenue in the heart of downtown Newport, this is a real wharf and docks, but you also will find fine restaurants, shopping for nautical nd Newport-themed goods, and views of the harbor.
Fort Adams State Park. A real fort that you can tour. Large lawns and docks. Site of the Newport jazz and folk festivals.
Breton Point State Park. Every spring brings and annual kite-flying festival here. Wonderful views of Narragansett Bay.
The Breakers, Rosecliff, Marble House. Many of the Newport mansions are located on or near Bellevue Avenue. Tours are fascinating.

Eastern Rhode Island to Newport via Route 114 -- 28 miles

If you travel from Providence to Newport from the capital city’s back door, you can avoid I-95 and enjoy the sights of several towns, farm fields and vineyards on the east side of Narragansett Bay and the islands of the Bay. Leave Providence by traveling through East Providence on I-954 and then turn off onto Route 114, which will take you through the towns of Barrington, Warren, and Bristol. Along the way, you will pass (and may visit) Blithewold mansion and gardens in Bristol, Colt State Park, a bright and airy information-packed education center of Rhode Island Audubon.
Nearby Points of Interest:
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens, and Arboretum
Colt State Park
Audubon Society of RI Environmental Education Center
Newport Vineyards

Conanicut Island

East Shore Road and North Main Road Jamestown, RI Phone:

Conanicut Island, home of the town of Jamestown as well as Beavertail Park, is located in Narragansett Bay between the mainland of southern Rhode Island and Aquidneck Island, home of Newport. Conanicut Island is a long, narrow, north-to-south strip of land, and it is a lovely drive past fields, towns, gardens, and salt marshes, with distant views of the bay, the mainland, and arching bridges. Two parallel north-south roads that travel the length of the island are East Shore Road and North Main Road. Toward the southern part of the island, take Beavertail Road to the magnificent Beavertail Park, with its expansive views of the bay, rocky shores, and lighthouse.