Travel Haiku - Newport Coastal Adventures
a string of American icons
straddles the Atlantic
mansions not as familiar
as the names of owners
names of owners warm up
a child cries out to a mansion
'President Kennedy are you there? '
Longtime East Coast playground of the rich and famous, Newport has appealed to the likes of the Astors and the Vanderbilts, and the Eisenhowers and Kennedys. In the mid-1800s, wealthy American families began building summer mansions here, dotting the rugged Atlantic coastline with enormous properties. Take a walking tour of these lavish Gilded Age homes with names like Rosecliff, The Breakers, and Chateau sur Mer, and round out your visit with the Museum of Newport History and the city's colonial buildings, forts, churches, and synagogues.