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Newport is an idyllic port city located on Aquidneck Island. It’s known for hosting a world-renowned annual sailboat regatta, America’s Cup, featuring a fleet of 12-meter boats. Gilded Age mansions and antique houses dominate the area as far as architecture. Each has a rich personal and national history and most are open for visits.
National American Illustration Museum
Exhibitions at the museum rotate but one thing is always for sure: This is the place to go to get a taste of American art masterpieces from throughout the ages. Currently, the museum is running a Norman Rockwell exhibit along with many of his contemporaries. Walk through the museum yourself for an entry fee of $18 or splurge and have one of the founders give you’re a personal tour of the work. Check out their website for more details: http://americanillustration.org/.
This is probably the most well-known of all the turn of the century and Victorian mansions in Newport. Built in 1885, the house was owned by the famous Vanderbilt railroad tycoons. Walking through this house is truly stepping back through time as most of it and the grounds has been preserved exactly how it was during its heyday. There are multiple tours to choose from, both group and private, which vary in pricing. Check out their website for more details: http://www.newportmansions.org/.
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