Spotlight on Cape Cod, MA, USA

  The Cape, as it is known, is the easternmost section of Massachusetts, that juts into the Atlantic Ocean. Its heritage involves fishing and other maritime pursuits. The charm of the region is based on the diligent efforts by the communities to preserve and protect the landscape and the traditional architecture of the region and to prevent the incursion of substandard housing and glitz. For the most part, they have been successful. One can still find the "real" cape without an inordinate expenditure of energy. Just take a leisurely drive along the King’s Highway, Route 6A, to discover and experience the Cape Cod of yesterday. Both residents and visitors seem invested in the effort to preserve the area as it is. There are numerous bike paths and walking trails, allowing users to get back to nature, while the Cape Cod National Seashore preserves much of the shoreline of the outer, Atlantic-facing beachfront.

            Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts represents a classic Cape Cod village as well as a typical New England fishing town.  It is quaint and pretty, and offers many amenities.  It also makes a great base of operations for an exploration of the outer cape. 

            Cape Cod National Seashore extends for 65 kilometers (40 miles) along the outer Cape Cod coastline and preserves numerous beaches, lighthouses, and dunes. There are Visitor Centers in both Provincetown and Eastham which provide information about the area, films and exhibits.

            Hyannis is the largest community on Cape Cod and offers a more citified atmosphere while still preserving the architecture and ambience that is associated with this area. Along with Falmouth, Hyannis offers ferries to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

            The Heritage Museum & Gardens, in Sandwich, has an excellent display of Americana. In particular, check out the great collection of vintage automobiles.


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                        For maximum enjoyment of the national seashore area, walk some of the trails.  In particular, the Salt Pond Nature Trail, in Eastham, is extremely informative and pleasant. However, be sure to bring mosquito repellent!


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