If you’re visiting New England and looking for a way to check out it’s famous Atlantic coastline, head to Newport, Rhode Island and hike the 3.5-mile Cliff Trail. You’ll likely breeze over the first couple paved miles on the northern end of the trail, which you can pick up on Memorial Boulevard. But don’t get bored and write it off—the trail gets more challenging from Ledge Road running down the southern half. The uneven, natural rocky path straddles 70-foot cliffs and can be a bit dangerous as bushes hide drop off points. Be sure to wear sturdy boots on this hike. The craggy section is less touristy and well worth the ankle twisting risk, if you’re careful. The whole thing takes about 2.5 hours.
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