Bellevue Ave is the location of the Tennis Hall of Fame, some shops, and--most importantly--the main strip of mega mansions from the gilded age. This tree-lined street boasts breathtaking homes that come straight out of a move--or in my dreams ;)
Most people begin the 10-mile "Ocean Drive" here, which is HIGHLY recommended. But if you have the time and enjoy light exercise, I encourage you to walk down Bellevue Ave and all it's side streets.
By walking, you have more time to fully appreciate Newport's splendor in all it's glory. Just be warned the potential for neck soreness, as you'll spend majority of time looking up in wonder with jaw dropped! Yet there's a quiet gentleness here, too. Perhaps it's because this tree-lined street provides a refuge of ample shade during the height of the hot sun, or perhaps it's because of the refreshing ocean breeze (located only a block or two away). Or perhaps is the numerous gas lamps that provide a perfect environment for a romantic evening stroll...
Either way, take advantage of the wide sidewalks and meander down Newport's most famous street. It's free, it's enjoyable, AND it's a great way to see many of the mansions if you don't have time (or money) to tour them each extensively.
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