Shot of Naval War College with Newport Pell Bridge during a sunset

Directions & Visiting Information

Whether you’re coming to the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) campus to participate in an evening lecture or you are interested in visiting the U.S. Navy’s “Home of Thought,” we look forward to having you aboard. We want your visit to go smoothly, but please remember that the campus is part of a secure Naval facility; only students, staff, faculty, and other approved visitors are permitted to enter the base and then drive onto campus.


Visitors to the college can enjoy lectures and events, explore NWC museum, and spend time with family and friends who work or attend classes on campus. We are a secure naval facility, so visitors typically must be sponsored by a current resident student or faculty or staff member to receive gate access.

Naval Station Newport Pass and ID Office

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Visitor interested in a specific NWC department

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VIP visitors

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Conference attendees

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The college occasionally provides tours for groups that have an academic tie or professional connection with the college. Submit requests through Provide group name, number, who is in your group, and specific interests.

The Public Affairs Office will review tour requests on a case-by-case basis to determine whether the request can be accommodated. If you are interested in other commands on base or the broader Navy presence in Newport, please contact the Naval Station Newport Public Affairs Office at 401-841-3538.

Base Lodging

Base lodging options may be available to eligible personnel. Military visitors may contact the Navy Gateway Inn for overnight accommodations. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Getting to NWC Campus

From the North via Interstate 95

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From the South via Interstate 95

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From Boston/Rt. 24

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From Gate One

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News, Media, & Events

The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Facing a New Era of Extreme Danger

Jan. 24, 2023
The National Interest
Article Publication

Lectures of Opportunity: "Remote Warfare, the Warrior Ethos, and the Just War Tradition"

Feb. 06, 2023
12:00 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Rd, Newport, RI 02841

Issues in National Security: "Homeland Defense"

Feb. 07, 2023
4:30 p.m.
Spruance Auditorium, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841