Trendy, quaint, historical New England Seacoast town... Newport, RI. Does it make sense to add this to your RVing adventure? Perhaps!
Newport offers much during the year. Part of the attractions include the famous Newport Mansions and the Historical Tours of this important seacoast town. A pleasant way to walk the streets and see the outside of many well-kept homes from the 1700 and 1800's is by taking the Secret Gardens Tour or the Walking History Tours or just walk and explore. Did you know that Washington Square in this seaport town is where many slaves were sold during the American Revolution? That Newport was known as 'Rogue's Island'? If you want to get out on the water, consider the Newport Harbor Shuttle. If you want to take a sightseeing bus tour, consider the Newport Trolley Tours.
How expensive is it? Depends. As with any popular tourist location, there are interesting shops, antiques, restaurants, tours, etc. If you're trying to entertain your kids, this might not be the right destination unless your goal is to bring history alive for them!
But, a day in Newport doesn't have to be expensive. We recently spent a day there. We purchased tickets on-line ($20) for the On the Point walking tour of the Secret Gardens of Newport. We parked in one of the lots (parking ranges from $10-15 for the day), and walked Newport. It was a delightful way to spend a couple of hours.
For lunch we walked to the recommended Brick Alley which is popular both with tourists and locals. We each opted for the unending salad bar for $12.00 and had a couple of glasses of very nice house wine. I'm a big fan of salads and this salad bar offered 3 different types of lettuce, many types of fresh veggies, potato salad, cole slaw, corn salad, relishes, soup and fresh bread. Yum! One of the locals told us entree portions are huge, and we saw that as heaping plates were carried by us. Definitely consider sharing a meal or taking doggie bags back to camp! Total bill with wine and tip was $33 each.
As we sat at the window table at the Brick Alley, we watched traffic and people. One way cobblestone streets, lots of people. Can an RV fit? Yes. I wouldn't be comfortable driving a big unit through and we did not see any, but certainly a Class B. We caught a Roadtrek 22' come through easily, and a stretch limo. There are plenty of good public parking lots in Newport and very few on the street parking spots, so you could plan to grab a taxi from your campground to get into Newport or park your vehicle in one of the lots and walk. Much of Newport is in walking distance.
According to Good Sams Club, there are three RV campgrounds that handle big rigs, have Internet and are pet friendly within 25 miles of Newport, RI.
So, if you're looking for an immersive tourist attraction rich in history and beauty, do consider adding Newport, Rhode Island to your New England RV journey!