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One of the Most Scenic Drives In America Is Right Here In Rhode Island

Folks have been traveling to Rhode Island to bask in its natural beauty for a long time, and one scenic road encompasses that beauty very well.

Newport’s famous Ocean Drive, on what is known as the Ten Mile Drive, recently received national attention when it was named one of America’s Most Scenic Roads by Travel + Leisure.

Here, you’ll find beautiful Gilded Age mansions, built by men who were so rich that they called them “cottages.” This coastal neighborhood, overlooking Narragansett Bay, was a summer playground for the ridiculously wealthy titans of industry you’ll recall from your history books.

Not all of the mansions are open to the public, but you can tour one of Rhode Island’s most popular attractions, the Breakers, year-round. This luxurious 70-room mansion, built by railroad titan Cornelius Vanderbilt II, features rooms that were actually built in Europe and shipped to Newport. Don’t miss Brenton Point State Park, a former estate located halfway across Ocean Drive, where the windy coastline looks out over incredible ocean views. This is a popular spot for fishing, picnicking, and most of all, kite-flying.

On Ocean Drive, you’ll find homes built for kings, and a road built for Rolls Royces. This once exclusive neighborhood can now be explored by anyone with a set of wheels and an interest in history or scenery. Check out some photos of this scenic drive below:

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Victoria W
Victoria is a staff writer for OIYS.