Newport was and still is a glamorous holiday destination. The rich and famous built chateau-like summer homes, which with perhaps a hint of irony, they referred to as "cottages". The names of these palaces have become synonymous with the Rhode Island lifestyle at the turn of the 20th century and the families, most notably the Vanderbilts, that built them. The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff and others can be visited on guided tours. Wealthy individuals sponsored giant yachts to compete in the America's Cup and collected art and antiques. The history remains but 21st century Newport is also known for the Jazz Festival staged each August and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
A great way to enjoy Newport is to take the Cliff Walk, a 3-mile path between Easton's and Bailey's beaches with lovely views of Rhode Island Sound and the mansions.