Newport, Rhode Island

Fascinating as Newport’s early history is, the real intrigue began in the late 1850s when wealthy industrialists began building opulent summer residences along cliff-top Bellevue Ave. Impeccably styled on Italianate palazzi, French châteaux and Elizabethan manor houses, these gloriously restored mansions filled with priceless antiques and their breathtaking location must be seen to be believed. The curiosity, variety, extravagance and uniqueness of this spectacle is unrivalled.

Honouring its maritime roots, Newport remains a global centre for yachting. Put simply, summers here sparkle: locals have excellent taste and know how to throw a shindig. There’s always something going on, including a series of cross-genre festivals that are among the best in the USA.