Newport & Bristol Counties

For more than 375 years, Newport has been welcoming visitors from near and far, which is how this charming coastal enclave earned its moniker “America’s First Resort.” Perhaps best known as a Gilded Age blue blood playground with legendary lavish mansions, today Newport — and its surrounding coastal communities — is also a destination for seekers of art and culture, rich history, unspoiled beaches, miles of scenic trails, distinctive shops, critically acclaimed restaurants, one-of-a-kind accommodations, and world-class events. Newport's Touro Synagogue, dedicated in 1763, is the nation's oldest synagogue, and holds an important place in Rhode Island's long history of valuing religious freedom.

Barrington, Bristol, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Warren are equally unique and boast remarkable histories all surrounded by quintessential, small town New England charm. From the spectacular sun-filled days of summer and the majestic colors and crisp salty breezes of autumn, to the serenity of winter and the reawakening season of spring, Newport retains a vibrancy that is palpable all year long.

Choose your own adventure. Explore spectacular Newport Harbor and discover why this special place is known as the “Sailing Capital of the World,” trace the ocean’s edge with a stroll along legendary Cliff Walk, step back into history by experiencing the famed mansions, savor local flavor at area wineries, indulge in the seasonal menus crafted by award-winning chefs highlighting the harvests of local farmers and fishermen, ride the waves, sink your toes in the sand, be pampered at a luxurious spa or saunter along the bustling downtown waterfront. You can do it all here.  

Explore Rhode Island

The smallest state in the U.S., Rhode Island packs plenty of excitement into its borders. From stunning ocean vistas to a rich Colonial heritage, our state's diverse tourism regions offer a wide variety of entertainment options.