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Originally owned by the Vanderbilt family, Rough Point eventually fell into the hands of local philanthropist, tobacco heiress and art collector Doris Duke, who refurbished the estate and donated it to the Newport Restoration Foundation in 1993. The property, which was reopened in 2000 as a museum, features family heirlooms and artwork and antiquities collected by Duke, plus two gardens and bay views.

This mansion may not be as grand or as well-known as other area properties like The Breakers and the Marble House, but continuously wins over visitors thanks to its connection to Duke. The artwork Duke collected over the years is also quite impressive, according to recent visitors.

Rough Point, which sits within walking distance of the Marble House and the Cliff Walk, can be reached by car or the city's No. 67 trolley route. Free parking is provided at the property, and the closest trolley stop is located about a block away. Once on-site, visitors will need to purchase a tour ticket. (Mansion tour tickets sold by The Preservation Society of Newport County are not accepted at this estate.) Self-guided Saturday tours are offered between 3 and 5 p.m. for $10, while guided tours are available Thursday through Sunday for $25. Guided tours are only offered from April to November. If you're interested in a guided tour, tickets can be purchased in advance on the mansion's website. Children 12 and younger can participate in any tour for free.

 

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#1 Cliff Walk This scenic 3.5-mile walkway hugs the edge of Newport's shoreline and snakes by the backyards of many of the town's most glamorous mansions. Many visitors start at ... Read more » bondon22 / Getty Images

#2 Thames Street Nestled just steps from the waterfront, Thames Street has been Newport's main commercial drag since the 18th century. Here you'll find a collection of local shops like Thames ... Read more » Andrew / Flickr

#3 The Breakers Newport's mansions are remnants of the lavish lifestyles of America's wealthiest industrialists in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Of all of Newport's famous homes, The Breakers ... Read more » Shunyu Fan / Getty Images

#4 Rough Point Originally owned by the Vanderbilt family, Rough Point eventually fell into the hands of local philanthropist, tobacco heiress and art collector Doris Duke, who refurbished the estate and donated it ... Read more » Reading Tom / Flickr

#5 Fort Adams Overlooking Brenton Cove in Newport's Fort Adams State Park, this historic military compound was once used to defend Newport's harbor from potential enemies. Once it was gifted to ... Read more » cmh2315fl / Flickr

#6 Marble House Though the most well-known historic home in the area is The Breakers mansion, another must-see property by the Cliff Walk is the Marble House. Like The Breakers, the Marble House ... Read more » Wally Gobetz / Flickr

#7 Touro Synagogue Newport's Touro Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the U.S. The Orthodox Jewish congregation has had ties to Newport since 1658, though their building wasn't completed until ... Read more » iShootPhotos LLC / Getty Images

#8 National Museum of American Illustration Illustrated art is an image (usually painted) that is created specifically for magazine covers, posters and other advertisements. And the National Museum of American Illustration has one of the largest ... Read more » Courtesy of the National Museum of American Illustration

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The Breakers, the Marble House and Rough Point are just a few of Newport's iconic attractions you'll see while strolling along the seaside Cliff Walk. bondon22 / Getty Images

After learning all about Newport's former residents and history, take a stroll along Thames Street, where you'll find an array of quaint shops and restaurants. Andrew / Flickr

Though the Marble House, Rough Point and other historic estates are worth visiting, no trip to Newport would be complete without wandering the halls of Newport's grandest and most famous mansion: The Breakers. Shunyu Fan / Getty Images

For a glimpse into the world of an heiress, make your way to Rough Point, which can be found near the Marble House and the Cliff Walk. Reading Tom / Flickr

Scenic harbor views and a look at Newport's historic past await you at Fort Adams. cmh2315fl / Flickr

Named for the 500,000 cubic feet of marble used in its design, the Marble House dazzles visitors with its lavish interior. Wally Gobetz / Flickr

Within blocks of Thames Street in central Newport sits the oldest synagogue in America – Touro Synagogue. iShootPhotos LLC / Getty Images

Norman Rockwell, Howard Pyle and Maxfield Parrish are just a few of America's greatest illustrators represented in the National Museum of American Illustration. Courtesy of the National Museum of American Illustration

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