In DepthTo architects, Cape Cod is a style; to gourmets, a cuisine; and to artists, changing moods and patterns of light, color and space. Summer visitors see the cape as beaches, shops, attractions, entertainment, country clubs and, often, a chance to rub elbows with celebrities. More basic is the Cape Cod of residents. Quiet and individualistic, they view the cape as a haven where life can proceed undisturbed, even by the annual flood of tourists.

US 6 curves northeast along the cape and allows entry to the scrub oak-pitch pine covered sand dunes of Cape Cod National Seashore. Beginning at Sagamore Bridge and ending in Provincetown, the route provides entrance to many towns on the cape. You can also get to the cape via SR 28, which takes you along the southern portion by Vineyard and Nantucket sounds and, past Chatham, to the Atlantic Ocean.

Another way to see the cape is by traveling along the 22-mile-long Cape Cod Rail Trail. The trail offers those who enjoy adventure travel, including hikers and bicyclists, opportunities to explore the natural wonders of the peninsula and view picturesque scenery.

In November 1620 the Mayflower Pilgrims landed at the tip of the cape. By the end of the 17th century Cape Cod was a prosperous fishing and whaling center. During the 1800s wealthy sea captains built elaborate homes and furnished them with objects acquired on their world travels. Many homes have been restored as museums and bed-and-breakfasts, offering many places to stay in the area.

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867 Iyannough Rd. Hyannis, MA 02601

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3800 State Hwy. Eastham, MA 02642

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1470 Iyannough Rd. Hyannis, MA 02601

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99 Main St (US 28). West Yarmouth, MA 02673

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