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Scenic Newport, RI Self-Driving Audio Tour
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Scenic Newport, RI Self-Driving Audio Tour

By Guide With Action
Recommended by 92% of travellers
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Ages 0-120
Duration: 1–2 hours
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Audio guide: English
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  • Engaging storytelling: Uncover unique tales and thrilling history for a memorable journey!
  • Perfect narrator: nothing can beat listening to a great voice. Proven with tons of rave reviews!
  • Comprehensive route and stops: See it all, miss nothing, leave no stone unturned!
  • Offline maps: no signal, no problem! Works perfectly without cellular or wifi.
  • Hands-free: audio stories play on their own based on your location. Easy to use!
  • Go at your own pace: Start anytime, pause anywhere, enjoy breaks for snacks and photos freely!
  • Great value: purchase per car, not per person. More affordable than bus or guided tours!
  • Easy-to-use app: download Action’s Tour Guide App onto your phone
What's not included
  • Attraction passes, entry tickets, or reservations
  • Entry/Admission - Newport
  • Entry/Admission - Newport


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  • 23 America's Cup Ave, Newport, RI 02840, USA
    After booking the tour, search your email for the phrase "Set up your self-guided tour now." Follow these instructions NOW to finish setting up the tour while you have Wi-Fi/data. Do NOT wait until you are onsite.
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  • Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St, Newport, RI 02840, USA

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 259640P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • How to access: Once you book a tour, you’ll get a confirmation email with instructions. Follow the instructions right away: • Download the separate app • Enter the password • Download the tour • MUST DO while in strong wifi/cellular.
  • How to start the tour: Open Action’s separate audio tour guide app once onsite. • If there is just one tour, launch it. • If multiple tour versions exist, launch the one with your planned starting point and direction. • Go to the starting point. (Note: no one will meet you at the start. This tour is self-guided). • The audio will begin automatically at the starting point. If you face audio issues, visit the FAQ. • Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.
  • Amazing Savings: why pay for an expensive, crowded, and limited bus tour — priced per person! — when you can have ONE amazing audio guide on your OWN phone for your WHOLE group?
  • Flexibility and Convenience: • Use the tour app anytime, on any day, and over multiple days. It's perfect for tailoring your exploration and revisiting your favorite spots on future trips. • Start and pause the tour whenever you like, taking breaks and exploring side excursions at your own pace, free from the constraints of a group.
  • Comprehensive Tour Experience: •The app provides a full itinerary, travel tips, narrated audio stories, scripts, images, videos, and recommendations for additional activities. • Enjoy a private experience without the crowds, ideal for personalized stops and photo opportunities.
  • Ease of Use and Accessibility: • The app is hands-free and activates stories via GPS, offering support through call, chat, or email. • There is no need for a continuous cell or Wi-Fi connection as the GPS map works offline.
  • Memorable Keepsakes: • Utilize the app’s images to create a photo book or share on social media, ensuring you have high-quality, crowd-free memories from your trip.
  • Preparation: • After booking, download the app and the tour using a strong Wi-Fi connection. • Review the tour at home before your trip for a better experience.
  • Starting the Tour: • Open the app upon arrival at your destination. • Select the appropriate tour based on your starting point. • Head to the starting location; the audio will begin automatically. • Follow the suggested route and adhere to the speed limit for an optimal experience. • By following these instructions and taking advantage of the app's features, users can enjoy a personalized, flexible, and in-depth exploration of their destination at their own pace and convenience.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 259640P1

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    After booking the tour, search your email for the phrase "Set up your self-guided tour now." Follow these instructions NOW to finish setting up the tour while you have Wi-Fi/data. Do NOT wait until you are onsite.
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  • Guide With Action
    174
    Newport, United States
    Joined in March 2020
  • G3877ZSelizabethk
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to tour the Newport Gilded Age mansions area
    Tried my first ever car audio tour through Viator for the Newport RI gilded age "cottages." I really enjoyed the narration that shared history and interesting stories not only about the properties, but other notable properties and areas as well. The ease of stopping the audio to walk around a property or tour a mansion was great. I did have some issues with connectivity in one of two places when the audio seemed to skip sections, however overall I really enjoyed it.
    Written 18 June 2024
  • kevinbG7035RL
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best walk in Newport
    Wow! The Cliff walk never ceases to impress. Amazing panoramic vistas of the Newport seascape and those enormous summer "cottages" that dot the Ridgeline. Its definitely one of the not to miss experiences while in town.
    Written 19 May 2024
  • DEFoodie0217
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cliff Walk Views Are Amazing!
    Loved this tour, it was so easy to use and gave lots of interesting information! Can’t imagine doing the walk on our own and enjoying it as much. It was also great because my husband and I have very different interests but there was content we both enjoyed.
    Written 21 April 2024
  • maryanicole
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great! Fun solo trip
    Was a great solo trip. Definitely great for the off season as no trolley tours were available. Very informative. Note: did not play with my apple car play, maps not visible. Audio worked but had to look at my phone which was hard when driving.
    Written 25 February 2024
  • Lorey C
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Experience
    Self-Guided Driving & Walking Bundle of Maine Tours: Fantastic insights into Maine's history, culture, and natural beauty. Highly recommended!
    Written 14 February 2024
  • Departure217661
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rhode Island is great for ocean viewing
    I will start by saying we went to the area to spend time watching the ocean. We have seen the cottages (mansions) like Breakers before and they are really worth seeing if you haven’t. But there are a number of great places to view the ocean. The Cliff Walk is a good place to start for waves on rocks. Beach #1 and Beach #2 are also great sand beaches in the Newport immediate area, we watched many surfers at both. Beach #1 has a good size parking lot from which you can walk to the start of the Cliff Walk easily. We also ventured to Jamestown across the bridge from Newport, there are two state parks near there. Fort Wetherill State Park and Beavertail State Park that are good for Ocean views. Beavertail is particularly good for waves on rocks. We actually revisited that park 3 times during our stay. We stayed in the Newport RV park that is actually north of Newport in Portsmouth, it was a very nice campground with nice amenities and plenty of space around each site. Across the road from the park is a great diner, Jax Diner. Breakfast here is great, we did not try lunch (but I am sure it is great based on our breakfasts) and I think it is not open for dinner. We also made a trek down to Westerly along the coast and there were some very nice sand beaches down there. The Watch Hill area just south of Westerly was particularly picturesque around the light house. One final statement about Newport. There are many cruise lines that anchor in Newport harbor. This can cause overcrowding in downtown Newport. Many days we saw two cruise ships in the harbor. This is just a cautionary statement for those who like to avoid crowds. We were there during fall leaf peeping so that may be the source of so many of the cruises. Not sure.
    Written 22 October 2023
  • P2298MNmaryc
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Cliff Walk for 2
    We were in Newport with NCL for a half a day but did not buy any of their excursions. We took a free hop on hop off trolley and downloaded this audio guided walking tour. We were able to put in our earbuds and take our time and listen as we went. It's nice that the app recognized our location and played automatically. This was important for safety, as some of the walkway is rough and you want to watch where you are stepping and not looking at your phone. Take a water bottle if you are doing the entire tour and sunscreen if it's a sunny day! Great history lesson, especially when we had never visited Rhode Island before. I look forward to more tours in other cities and locations.
    Written 19 September 2023
  • howarda563
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Tour
    It was a most enjoyable and informative experience for my wife and I. The spectacular views and the audio descriptions was well worth the money.
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Roberto P
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfectly Made for Self Starters
    Great app! The information was interesting, the accuracy to the different location were spot on, and the autoplaying was phenomenal. If you don’t like to be rushed by tours, just download this app and it does an awesome job in guiding you around town in the comfort of your own car’s speakers and/or your own headset.
    Written 29 June 2023
  • karenl165
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    GREAT way to see the cliff walk!
    The Ap was easy to use and worked great! Lots of great information and you could go at your own pace. We were exhausted and since it rained we didn’t finish (it’s 3 1/2 miles of walking and you can either go back the 3 1/2 miles or walk the main road for an hour. We Ubered back) We came back the next day and listened to the end.
    Written 19 June 2023
  • AAgnesPA
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worked as described.
    Easy to download, GPS based, worked well with Google Maps, professionally recorded and informative. I used it on a sectional tour, even in reverse; it’s easy to use, and highly recommended practice a little before getting on the road.
    Written 5 June 2023
  • MTS6pack
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best FREE thing to do in Newport
    Have done the cliff walk at least once every time I visit Newport, since I came as a teenager with my parents and now when I bring my teenagers with me. It is a wonderful time to walk and talk, look at the beautiful flowers, the mansions, the view of the breaking waves below the cliffs, and only use your device to take pics (and maybe download the stories of the mansions of you want from the scan codes along the way). Enter from the top of Memorial Blvd and you can get off at various places, or turn around and walk back. We always walk through the tunnel pst the Chinese Tea House and then turn around.
    Written 24 May 2023
  • SydH123
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Helpful and Easy to Use
    This self-guided tour was very informative and helpful. It is easy to use and it starts when you approach a site along the way.
    Written 26 October 2022
  • Lisa M
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not easy.
    Not easy to operate. Too many pages to flip to find directions on how to operate. Very frustrating while visiting an unfamiliar city.
    Written 18 October 2022
  • lotuselise108
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice, easy, go at your own pace
    Great way of seeing the Newport mansions and cliff walk at your own pace. Make sure you download in advance. You need to download the app and the guide, but then it’s easy and all GPS enabled. No need for data and it’s great to do the walk, see such beautiful sights and stop and start whenever you want. Highly recommended.
    Written 12 October 2022
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Karfis
Syracuse, NY54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were traveling with a one year old and the weather was rainy, windy and cold. I was so happy when searching on Trip Advisor for the Gilded Age tours that there was an option for a downloadable audio app that provided a tour of the many “cottages” in Newport, RI. The narrator was very good and provided interesting history of the area, construction of the homes and the families that owned them. We stayed in our car and drove to the different mansions, as we followed the mapped route and heard the info for that site. A couple of time we took a wrong turn (our fault) but were able to right it easily.
Written 13 March 2023
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Thanks Karfis! I'm glad to hear that my tour of Newport worked out so perfectly and helped you guys despite the bad weather. Traveling with a one year old can be challenging, especially in less-than ideal-conditions! It's great that you were able to make the most of the situation and still enjoy your trip. I may have a tour for wherever you travel next -- I have several of them across the country. Feel free to reach out before your next trip, and I’d be happy to help!
Written 15 March 2023
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EllenB8806
Waynesboro, PA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Very interesting commentary about the history of Newport and its mansion owners. Timing with narration was very well orchestrated as we drove along the route. Will definitely try this app in other cities also. Reasonable price!
Written 22 January 2022
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Thanks Ellen! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour and enjoyed seeing Newport! And I’m thrilled you’re thinking about taking more tours — we have them all listed at ActionTourGuide.com. Thanks again!
Written 25 January 2022
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DKC
Sioux Falls, SD1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I was very impressed the the scenic Newport self driving tour. It was very well done. It was definitely worth the money and I would recommend it. You need to drive slow (like they recommend) which can be a little hard when you have an anxious person on your bumper. Be careful with the people/cars behind you. A fantastic way to get an overview of the area! Well worth it!
Written 21 October 2021
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Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the tour! We are always trying to figure out how best to tell ALL of the amazing stories of the mansions while still driving quickly enough… usually, traffic helps slow everyone else down :) We have lots more self-guided tours across the country so please check out ActionTourGuide.com when planning your future travels! Thanks again!!
Written 23 October 2021
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Karen K
Illinois325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
It was really nice learning about historical sites in Newport all while driving at our own pace. Provided information just as a tour guide would with extra info if you chose to learn more.
I downloaded this app the day I wanted to use it along with the walking tour and had difficulty getting both of them to accept my passwords. I contacted them via chat and they responded quickly and fixed the problem and then called(I didn’t answer-wasn’t sure who it was)- and left a number to personally contact them if it didn’t work. They fixed the problem in less than 20 minutes. Highly recommend.
Written 9 August 2020
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Thanks a lot for the review. Glad you liked our tour and service. Have a great day.
Written 14 August 2020
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David G
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The tour would have received an excellent rating except for the difficulty I gad downloading the tour it self and then getting it to recognize the starting point. When I finally got all the ducks lined up it was great. I would recommend it as a great way to see the highlights of Newport and identify those places you might want to revisit at some later time.
Written 6 July 2023
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I appreciate your review and am glad to hear that, despite the initial difficulty you had, you found it to be a worthwhile experience. I apologize for any inconvenience you encountered and appreciate your patience. It's wonderful that the tour allowed you to see the highlights of Newport and identify places for future visits. If you plan to travel more, you may find our Action+ Tour Bundle appealing, as it includes over 100 self-guided tours for various destinations.
Written 7 July 2023
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Lisa E
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Overall, the commentary and directions were spot on, even in busy traffic locations. One spot seemed to be off/wrong? It had us going down a dead end street toward the cliff walks, but it was so crowed, dozens of cars ended up doing 3 point turns (turning around) at the end and going back to the main street.. maybe mention it is a dead end, and if busy, do not go down! (took 15 min to get out!) Also agree, it would be very hard for a solo driver to do this. Looking at the app, making last minute choices (a few options), and trying also look at houses on a very busy street would be tough. It was worth it for the others in the car, so 4 stars.
Written 29 May 2023
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Thank you for your feedback on my tour. I'm sorry to hear that you encountered a dead-end street. Could you kindly provide me with more information about the location so that I can resolve the issue? Additionally, if you're a frequent traveler, you might find my Action+ Tour Bundle useful. It offers over 100 self-guided tours.
Written 31 May 2023
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Tony
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Not rating the tour, as I never was able to access it. Trying to get it to start required downloading three (!!!) new apps, each requiring a user name and password, and each formatted differently. Try doing that while navigating busy traffic with no parking availability, and you have a perfect recipe for frustration.
Written 30 September 2022
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It seems that you bought it from Tripadvisor. Once you get to the starting point, you will only need our app for the stories. In any case, I will be happy to offer you an exchange for one of my other 100 tours in the US.
Written 4 October 2022
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Tram L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is an excellent app that took us sightseeing around Newport island, to places that we would not think of. The audio was a great help. We turned on in advance the app. Upon arrival at the starting point, the app just picked up and started automatically. With stops and visits to 2 mansions, it took us 2 days to complete the guided tour. On the 2nd day, we drove back where we stopped the day before. The app picked up our last stop, and continued.
At each landmark, we stopped on the road side, listened till the end of the commentaries. Then we drove on. This way, we were able to keep up and sync with the tour.
Written 7 November 2023
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Tram, I'm thrilled to hear my Scenic Newport Audio Tour added such value to your exploration! For more self-paced adventures, remember to check out my Action+ Tour Bundle—it's packed with over 100 self-guided tours perfect for curious travelers like yourself.
Written 8 November 2023
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Mike2051
Michigan24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We were returning to Michigan after a trip to Nova Scotia and were passing through so trying to schedule a tour was impractical. The self guided tour was perfect for our needs. I thought it did an excellent job of informing us of what we were seeing. The only minor issue was that traffic was rather heavy and we had to go slower than the guide but it really was minor. I wouldn’t hesitate buying it again.
Written 19 June 2023
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Thank you so much Mike! I’m so thrilled that you had a great time at Newport with my tour at your own pace and that it added so much to your visit. You may like my Action+ Tour Bundle (it has all of my self-guided tours, over 100).
Written 20 June 2023
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John C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Very informative! Although we've spent extensive time in Newport, this tour really improved our understanding of the area's history. It is generally well paced and has easy to follow directions. We were inspired to investigate several of the key figures in Newport's history at a deeper level. Best of all, we could do this on our own at a very affordable price. We plan to investigate similar tours in other towns we visit in the future.
Written 14 July 2022
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Thanks! I'm so pleased that my tour inspired such a deep dive into Newport’s historical figures — and an interest in my other tours. Let me know where you’re heading next — I hope I have a tour there!
Written 15 July 2022
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