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Just over an hour southeast of Boston, Cape Cod is home to gabled houses peppered along sandy shores. Divided into three regions, Upper, Mid and Lower, Cape Cod is comprised of 15 towns and a collection of smaller villages, each holding something special for tourists seeking memorable things to do.

Cape Code has attracted many artists over the years, including painter Charles Hawthorne. The permanent collection at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum features 1,650 original works, including those of Hawthorne and other well-known American artists like Andy Warhol. Meanwhile, Sandwich, in the Upper-Cape, is home to the Heritage Museums and Gardens. The establishment has one of the world’s best-known automobile collections, which includes a rare 1911 Stanley Steamer and a 1919 Pierce-Arrow. Also in Upper-Cape, Woods Hole Historical Museum provides those visiting Cape Cod with a "living model" of the area’s villages and towns, as they appeared in the late 19th century.

From April through October, visitors can experience one of the best things to do in Cape Cod: whale watching out of Provincetown. The Dolphin Fleet offers three- to four-hour tours that leave from MacMillan Pier. Upper-Cape’s Old Silver Beach is a local summertime favorite for good reason: soft sand and some of the warmest waters in the Cape draws visitors to its shores. Be sure to get there early on sunny days, as the parking lot line can start as early as 9 a.m. After the beach, head to Lower-Cape’s Wellfleet Flea Market to peruse their vast collection of one-of-a-kind finds. Nearby, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the Cape’s Audubon chapter and offers 944 acres of trails for hikers and bird watchers. Cyclists can peddle the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which features 22 miles of pristine views.

For outdoor adventures, no place is better than the stunning, 27,000 Lower-Cape acres that comprise the Cape Cod National Seashore. The park was established by President John F. Kennedy, whose family continues to have a strong presence on Cape Cod, and is home to six swimming beaches and 12 self-guided trails. To learn about the former president's life and times at the Cape, visit the museum in his name within Main Street’s Old Town Hall in the Mid-Cape village of Hyannis.

On Wellfleet Harbor, some of the Cape’s best clams are at Mac’s on the Pier. Or, for Cape Cod cuisine at its finest, head to Provincetown and lounge on the deck of the legendary Red Inn, where executive chef and owner Philip Mossy serves up local catches like lobster and cod. The 200-year-old inn is situated on Cape Cod Bay and offers spectacular views. Among the many hotels for travelers visiting Cape Cod, the Crowne Pointe Historic Inn and Spa is one of Cape Cod’s best. Located in Provincetown, the inn features the Shui Spa, which specializes in deep-tissue and warm stone massages, and guest rooms that are decorated with antique furnishings. For sweeping water views, try Inn on the Sound in Upper-Cape’s Falmouth Heights.
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307 Old Main St South Yarmouth, MA 02664
(508) 394-7100

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