What is Newport in Rhode Island (USA) famous for? It is of course, the sailing capital of America, where many races took place also the most famous ones like America's Cup. There are also many buildings modeled after European architecture. The wealthiest families (including the Vanderbilts) erected so-called “summer cottages” in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. To the richest, houses provided an opportunity to escape from the heat and malaria of the southern part of the United States. It was a Golden Era for Newport, which ended after personal income tax was introduced in the U.S. in 1913. The most famous mansions are: Breakers, Elms, Marble House, and Rosecliff.
The coastline path known as Cliff Walk runs for over 3.5 miles / 5.5 km along many properties with beautiful coastal residences. Because of the damage after the hurricanes and several storms part of the trail is officially closed. This does not mean that it is not walkable, especially for those who are looking for more the challenging experience while walking along the rocky shore.