10K STEP GOAL:
INTENSITY LEVEL: EASY
DISTANCE: 3.0 MILES
This trip is for my history buffs and those who love an ocean view! The Cliff Walk in Rhode Island is the go to fitstyle attraction in Newport. It’s a designated National Recreation Trail in a National Historic District. At 3 ½ miles long, this walk has A LOT to offer with varying terrain that offers casual strolls on paved sidewalks to more rigorous walking along rocky footpaths and sandy lanes.
A Perfect Day Date
My husband and I chose Newport as a spur of the moment day date. We went in the springtime when things weren’t quite so green. (You definitely still needed to wear a coat outside, especially with the ocean breeze, but views were still spectacular). We didn't go into any of the mansions on this trip, but they’re open for tours and are basically museums now. (They’re definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been. It’s like walking into The Great Gatsby!)
Choose your own adventure
What’s great about the Cliff Walk is that you can pick and choose how long you want your walk to be and where along the route you want to start - wherever you choose, you’re in for AMAZING views of not only the ocean, but also spectacular historic mansions built in the 19th century!
The walk takes about 1 -1.5 hours one way if you keep walking and don’t stop too often for photos :)
This is a kids friendly walk, depending on their age. If you’ve got small children, you’ll definitely want to stick with the paved areas. (There are some parts of the trail with 70 foot drops and no barriers! But you don’t need to be a seasoned hiker to do this walk either.)
What’s nice about going in an off-season is that parking is abundant and you don’t have the crowds that you’ll see in the warmer months.
It’s easy to walk from the Cliff Walk into downtown where you’ll find most of the shops and restaurants, which will help you rack up even more steps!
My Step Count: ~15,456
Park at Easton’s Beach (walking distance of the Cliff Walk entrance)
Walk the full length of the Cliff Walk
Lunch at Brick Alley Pub (recommended by a Newport summertime veteran :), but watch out, the line can be very long!)
Walked back to our car along the streets of Newport. (Some of this is more neighborhood like and not as spectacular as the Cliff Walk. You can also take a trolley back to Easton Beach if you need a break.)
Amp It Up!
Here's some fun way to add a little challenge to your adventure
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Newport Beach Inn and Suites: easy access to First Beach (also known as Easton's Beach), the start of the Cliff Walk, restaurants and shops on Memorial Blvd and Bellevue Ave.
Newport Marriott: prime location on America's Cup Blvd. An easy walk to the shops, restaurants, the Wharf.
Newport Bay Club and Hotel: Great location, easy walk to downtown restaurants and shops, as well as anything on lower Thames St where there are more shops and restaurants.
Hotel Viking -- provides easy access to Bellevue Ave, as well as downtown shops and restaurants.