The 100 km long peninsula, which towers over the Atlantic, has more than 100 beaches, including the Cape Cod National Seashore. But “the Cape” has much more to offer – every little place has its own charm – Old King’s Highway, Route 6A from Sandwich to Orleans, has antique shops, art galleries and romantic bed and breakfasts in old captains’ houses at the water, play golf, take a bike ride or a trip on the water or just let the
In the oldest community (1639) of Cape Cod, the Heritage Museums & Gardens boasts 40 hectares of color: rhododendrons in the spring, daylilies in the summer and fall foliage in the fall. Car enthusiasts will enjoy the classic car collection from the Winton Motor Carriage from 1899 to the great 62cc Corvette. The busiest town on Cape Cod is known as the summer residence of the Kennedy family. In the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, you will find many photos and memorabilia. From Hyannis also depart the ferries to the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
Dennis is the cultural center of the Cape with concerts, exhibits at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and theatrical performances at the historic Cape Playhouse. From here, you can also go sea kayaking, whale watching or biking on the 35 km Cape Cod Rail Trail. The tastefully restored Chatham can be found at the “Elbow” in the southeastern Cape, where fishermen can watch their catch unload or cruise to the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge to watch seals, oystercatchers, plovers, sandpipers and other birds. Wellfleet’s densely-filled port on Massachusetts Bay reflects the maritime tradition of the resort. Highlight: The Oyster Festival. There is even a car cinema from the 50s!
In the rural community away from tourism you will find the “old Cape Cod.” On First Encounter Beach, pilgrims first encountered Indians in 1620. The Cape Cod Light dates from 1857, as early as 1797 the first lighthouse stood here.
America’s oldest city recently received a new face. The harbor area, completely redesigned, now lures the crowds again. Stroll along the Harborwalk to world-class attractions, including the New England Aquarium, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), the Children’s Museum and the new, interactive Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.
Around the corner: The North End with its lively, affordable restaurants, also called Little Italy, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a new park. Check out lots of fine shops, cafes, and art galleries, especially, on Newbury Street. Westward, Fenway joins the 100-year-old Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox, the oldest US baseball stadium. You’ll also find cultural figureheads: The world-famous Boston Symphony Orchestra plays in the Symphony Hall; The Museum of Fine Arts and the recently refurbished Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are treasure chests full of masterpieces.
Good show, good food: Chinatown, one of the largest Chinese districts in the US, offers delicacies from all corners of Asia. A few steps further, the beautifully restored 1925 Wang Center is one of many theaters with world-class plays and musicals.