A smattering of villages dotted with quaint cottages and homey downtowns give Cape Cod a well-heeled yet unpretentious feel, so much so that 'the Cape' remains the epitome of the ideal New England summer vacation. Families have been 'summering' on the Cape for generations, and the entire cape feels like a laid-back summer camp for the well-to-do. ... Read more
Since folks often spend weeks or months here, there is no shortage of activities, events and attractions. You can swim at one of the highest rated beaches in the country -- Coast Guard Beach, where the Pilgrims first spotted land -- or visit dozens of isolated scenic locations and lighthouses (like Chatham Lighthouse) along the Cape Cod National Seashore, either on foot or with one of the many rental bikes. Whether you're boogie boarding the waves, eating lobster at one of the famed Cape Cod restaurants or checking into a romantic B&B, all ages and interests are covered. One of the most popular highlights is the Cape Cod Baseball League. Entertaining vacationers since 1885, the 10-team collegiate and amateur summer league sees one-sixth of all Major League Baseball players before they start their professional careers.

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There's a reason Cape Cod is so popular in the summer. This little corner of Massachusetts is a perfect summer idyll, with fresh seafood, homemade ice cream, and beaches galore. Just be prepared to book ahead ... Read more
and pay a premium. Visiting in April, May, October or November, when temperatures still reach 65F (18C) means a significant discount, with weather still nice enough for outdoor attractions, not to mention a touch of the famous New England foliage in the fall. Winter is best avoided unless cold, snowy beaches hold pride of place on your bucket list.

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London, UK

Main island is a bit of a hollow of its former glory, but it's a nice day out from Boston and has some great beaches.

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Boston, Massachusetts

i went here last fall and it was thanks giving day!I was hungry the whole tiiiiimmmmeeee!restaurants opened late..you can certainly find serenity here..

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The San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

Cape Cod is charming with loads of quaint seaside towns. There isn't exactly sights to see here, but it's a nice day out or weekend away for delicious seafood and that classic New England vacay vibe.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Living on the West Coast, Cape Cod seems more sophisticated and almost feels like a different country, which is one of the reasons for me to love the region. The food, shops, beaches and history are all enjoyable every time I visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Cape is a summer haven, filled with bustling beach towns. Restaurants here feature fresh seafood as typical fare and you'd be hard pressed not find an ice cream shop in each town you stop. It's a great spot for families and particularly good for long weekend trips, if you're in the New England area!

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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

Charming little towns, pristine coastline and great seafood! Cape Cod is quintessential New England.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Starting Point: Bourne, MA

The Route: 35 miles on Route 6A, The Old King’s Highway

What to Expect: Americana comes alive on Cape Cod along the longest continuous historic district in the nation—the town of Sandwich is even celebrating its 375th anniversary this year. Wind by almost four centuries of history, colonial architecture, salt-crusted beach cottages, wide sandy dunes, seafood shacks, and harbor-side towns draped in red, white, and blue.

Where to Stop: The Cape Playhouse, where Bette Davis was once an usherette; family-owned Seasuit Harbor Café in Dennis, MA, for a hefty lobster roll next to the boatyard; Rock Harbor in Orleans, MA, for blazing storybook sunsets.

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Cocoa, Florida

Cape Cod is a delightful little "town" and I say that because it's actually a peninsula on the easternmost part of Massachusetts. A bit touristy is some places, it was nonetheless a great place of harbors, lighthouses, quaint villages, and pristine beaches.

Schenectady, New York State, USA

Cape Cod is made of small little towns and village that date back to early 1700 with great history and recreational usage. It is one the top whale and bird watching sight in the country. It is a place that should be on your wish list to visit.

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Daly City, California, USA

I grew up on the Cape during the summer. I've lived in the San Francisco Bay Area now since 1989 and I'd have to say that I don't really feel like I've had a "summer" unless we make a trip to the Cape.