One of New England's oldest towns, and one of America's first playgrounds for the super-rich, Newport, Rhode Island is a year round destination with wonderful hotels, resorts, and bed and breakfast inns that offers activities for the whole family to enjoy! This seaside town has shopping, great dining and plenty of tourist attractions along cobblestone streets. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Newport comes alive as one of the biggest college party towns in New England. Don't miss the Newport mansions, summer homes of America's early industrial giants around the turn of the last century, such as the Vanderbilts and the Astors. Trinity Church and Fort Adams are also major attractions. Between the mansions and the ocean is the Newport Cliff Walk, a paved trail along the ocean that offers great views of both the sea and the mansions. Rich in history dating back to the 1600s, Newport has long since been considered a center of maritime activities. Not only did it used to host the America's Cup regatta, but the United States Navy has also had a long-time presence here as a center of its underwater warfare center, surface warfare, and the Naval War College. The Naval Academy was temporarily based in Newport during the Civil War and JFK trained at its PT Boat school during WWII. Newport is also home to the Tennis Hall Of Fame and miles of beaches.
Providence, Rhode Island's state capital, is a survivor. After its industries left for the South in the 1950s, it sprang back as a cultural center with a thriving arts community.