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Cyanna Jul 28th, 2010 05:24 PM

Newport is worth the trip, and you can "do" the mansions (don't limit yourself to the Breakers) in a longish 1/2 day, but why limit the time? Also, whether you can make it a day trip (not really a half-day trip) from Boston depends entirely on time of day and day of the week.

If it were me, I'd wait until toward the end of rush hour (9:30-10 am) to head down there, and then I'd stay until Providence rush hour's about over to head back -- there are some great restaurants for dinner there. It's about a 2 hr. drive each way IF you aren't traveling at rush hour or on Fri. afternoon or Sun. afternoon.

Cyanna Jul 28th, 2010 05:25 PM

Sorry, I missed whether you were planning to do Newport on your way back from Chatham. Absolutely, but again, avoid Providence's and Boston's rush hours.

cw Jul 29th, 2010 05:20 AM

If you're only in Boston for one day, Newport is not really an option. I love Newport and think it's well worth seeing but I don't think you'll have time.

It will be a full day trip or a 2/3 day trip at the very least. If you left Boston early on Saturday you could go to Newport then go to Chatham but it would be a long day.

I wouldn't be too concerned about rush hour traffic. Even if you go on a weekday. From Boston you'd take Rt. 24 South from I-93 to Newport and most of the traffic to Providence is on Rt. I-95. If you go on Saturday it will not be an issue for you.

grumpeon Jul 30th, 2010 10:08 AM

This is such a helpful site! Thank you all again! I'll post how the trip went.

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