Bellevue Avenue, or "The Avenue", as its known to some of the older locals, is teeming with history. Its only 2 1/2 miles long, but it contains more history and elegance than just about any other avenue in the nation.
Bellevue Avenue was home to many of America's elite during the Gilded Age. Its residents included the Astors, Vanderbilts, Morgans and other members of "the Four Hundred" (New York's premier social list), who made Newport Rhode Island their summer home.
These families had opulent mansions designed and built for them, and enjoyed a life of luxury in their "summer cottages" overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
"The Avenue" is home to many Newport Rhode Island attractions, including:
After enjoying one of Newport's best breakfasts at Annie's, stroll down the street and explore some of its high-end shops, including:
The two best ways to get around Bellevue are:
1. WALK - Newport is a walking town. Not only is it easier to get around this way, but you'll get some exercise walking off all the calories you take in at the fabulous Newport Rhode Island restaurants!
2. Take the RIPTA Trolley - Either walk to or park your car at the Gateway Visitors Center on America's Cup Avenue. From there you can get an all-day pass (that is valid for 24 hours) for just $5.
Just ask the bus driver for a "RIPTA Rider Receipt", and you can park at the Visitors Center all day for just $2!
The trolley service on the Yellow Line (Route 67) runs year round/7 days a week. It will take you to the Newport Mansions and the shopping district.
Here are a few more places that are definitely worth visiting:
Check out the map below, and just click on any of the placemarks to get an exact address and location.