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Cliff Walk, Newport, RI
The Stroll: Breezy and salt-kissed, this 3.5-mile circuit starts at Memorial Boulevard, where rugged cliffs meet Easton’s Beach, and ends at Bailey’s Beach. Anyone can manage the first third, which is paved and relatively flat; it takes you past Gilded Age mansions to the 70-room Italian Renaissance–style palazzo The Breakers. Only the sure-footed should venture farther, where it’s necessary to hike over boulders alongside 70-foot drop-offs to the Atlantic.
When to Go: May or September, when the weather is warm, but the seasonal crowds haven’t arrived or have already dispersed.—Donna Heiderstadt