If you count lighthouses among your favorite coastal sights but have never viewed one from the inside, your ultimate Cape Cod day awaits. These six lighthouses are iconic for a reason, with picturesque grounds, unmatched views and histories that will remind you why Cape Cod would never be the same without them.
Take a day (or six) to explore the Cape’s brightest lights.
There is much to be said about Cape Cod’s scenic backroads and byways, but the Cape’s bustling downtown hubs are just as alluring, offering unique dining, shopping, art and activities—all within walking distance. These seven village centers are worth the trip. Just park your car and explore on foot!
Spanning salt marshes, crimson cranberry bogs and former sea captains’ homes, Cape Cod’s historic Route 6A is easily one of the most picturesque byways in the United States. The seaside stretch known as Old King’s Highway mixes old world charm and breathtaking vistas with quaint shops, trendy restaurants, cultural venues and eclectic galleries.
St. Patrick’s Day might secretly be one of the best holidays. Compared to some other high-profile festivities (looking at you - Thanksgiving, Christmas...Valentine's), we aren’t expected to do anything. No cooking. No cleaning. No gifting. Maybe wear a green shirt. Or don’t. Maybe eat some corned beef and hash. Or don’t.
The town of Eastham is often referred to as the gateway to the Cape Cod National Seashore. It’s a fitting nickname considering this seaside's community’s natural beauty, which includes two of the Cape’s most sought after spots for hiking – Fort Hill Trail and Red Maple Swamp Trail.
You won’t have to spend too long in Harwich to figure out why this quaint Lower Cape community has been named one of Coastal Living’s "Happiest Seaside Towns."
With its beautiful beaches, access to the Cape Cod Rail Trail, classic charm and small-town feel, your first to visit Harwich will likely not be your last.
From sandy beaches to historical treasures, Cape Cod offers a wealth of places to explore. If it’s your first time visiting this coastal retreat, make sure to add these five must-see places to your itinerary.
John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum
On a short stretch of Old King’s Highway, otherwise known as historic Route 6A, you’ll arrive in a section of Dennis that features some of the region’s top cultural attractions.
The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has rolled out a first-of-its-kind Massachusetts Whale Trail, a major collaboration among Bay State tourism destinations for the promotion of assets stretching from Provincetown to Pittsfield!
Cape Cod is no ordinary beach destination. With some 560 miles of beautiful shoreline plus historic lighthouses, award-winning seafood and a rich history, including many American firsts, this sandy peninsula offers visitors a long list of experiences. Here are some favorites to add to your bucket list.
1. Retrace the first steps of the Pilgrims in the New World
Cape Cod is a dreamy summer getaway, and quite literally a short trip to far away for most New Englanders. But like any popular vacation destination, the roadways leading to the Cape can get busy in summer months. Fortunately, there are affordable and relaxing alternatives to traveling here by car. Here’s how to leave your car behind and enjoy Cape Cod in a greener, more sustainable way.
The gateway to Cape Cod, Bourne is the first town that greets visitors traveling to this section of the state.
It has the charm that its other counterparts on the Cape have, all while providing relatively quick access to New Bedford, Providence, and Boston, making it an ideal location for those commuting to work in those larger cities.
"Jaws" may have been filmed on Martha’s Vineyard, but it is Chatham that has become the unofficial home of the great white shark.
Regardless of the time of year, Provincetown always knows how to throw a party. This is why the region’s outermost community is perfectly situated at the tip of the 65-mile long stretch known as Cape Cod. No matter how long it takes to get there, the drive is always worth it because a party awaits.
Rolling out the Red Carpet
Wellfleet is known for its oysters. And with its annual OysterFest in October - now a highly anticipated Cape Cod tradition - the small Outer Cape town willingly embraces this creature of the sea.
No trip to Cape Cod is complete without some quality outdoor time. With seven beaches all bordering calm, scenic Cape Cod Bay, there are plenty of opportunities to get just that in Brewster.
Mashpee. It’s the summer home of Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft and the comedy writer-director duo the Farrelly brothers. There’s a good reason the Cape Cod community has such celebrity cachet, but Mashpee is much more than a tourist destination for the rich and the famous.
A Taste of Mashpee
Centrally located on Cape Cod, Yarmouth is ideally positioned for families seeking adventure.
No trip to Cape Cod is complete without a ride down historic Route 6A, a scenic byway offering glimpses of former sea captain's homes dating back to the 1600s, picturesque marshes, and dozens of small, independent shops, restaurants and art galleries that reflect the charm of the region.
The first weekend of December always marks the unofficial kick off to Christmas on Cape Cod, with holiday festivities in almost every town across the Cape. And the merriment that happens in the charming seaside community of Falmouth epitomizes the best of those festivities; it's enough to soften the hearts of even the most hardened holiday Grinches.
If there was one word to describe the quaint town of Orleans, which rests not far from the Cape’s elbow, it might be this: happy.
Sandwich is one of the first towns greeting visitors to Cape Cod, and one of the last they see when leaving. While it may be easy to bypass Sandwich en route to other communities further down Cape, you shouldn’t.