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Newport State Airport in Rhode Island is the gateway to one of the most important yachting ports in the United States. The airport is used by local aviation companies that offer flying lessons as well as privately chartered flights in small aircraft. You can also book a helicopter flight for a bird’s-eye view of this attractive part of coastal New England. Daredevils can learn how to skydive too, either solo or tandem flights.
Accommodation near Newport State Airport ranges from family-friendly motels to luxury hotels set in some of Newport’s most elegant and historic houses. You can also find hotels within a short distance of Newport Beach.
Newport State Airport has a small passenger terminal as well as a lounge and free WiFi. Pilots have their own lounge and computer access, and there’s also car rental available from the airport terminal.
Newport State Airport is about 35 miles south of the state capital, Providence. It’s easy to reach from the city of Newport, which is only about four miles away. There’s also a bus that takes you from central Newport to within a short walk of the airport.
Discover one of New England’s most historic cities, with one of the most elaborate downtown districts in the region. Stroll past the extravagant mansions of Bellevue Avenue, where wealthy bankers from New York back in the 19th century built these fantastic structures as their summer residences. Head down to Bowen’s Wharf, where fabulous yachts mix with fishing boats and are surrounded by a great choice of restaurants, shops and galleries. Spend a day at the Victorian-style Easton Beach, which has charmingly old-fashioned bathhouses.
Time your visit for July and you can see big-name performers at the Newport Folk Festival – the one where Bob Dylan created a furore back in 1965 when he “went electric”. Soak up the late-summer vibe in August when the Newport Jazz Festival sets up stages in Fort Adams State Park. Then yachties turn up in September for the huge Newport International Boat Show.
While you’re in Rhode Island, it’s tempting to drive another 60 or so miles east and explore the villages and sandy beaches of Cape Cod. Take your pick of the many beaches along the Cape Cod National Seashore, which is filled with nature trails, ponds and cranberry bogs. Hunt for treasures among the 100 or so antiques shops, many found along the Old King’s Highway between Barnstable and Brewster.
Rent a bicycle and get to know the 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail, which is one of the most scenic ways to get around Cape Cod. If you want to see another side of Cape Cod, hop on a ferry to the region’s most exquisite islands, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
Whichever part of New England you’re visiting, you’ll find travelling to and from Newport State International Airport a straightforward experience. And you’ll be on the doorstep of many of eastern America’s biggest attractions.