Cruising down the “The Old King’s Highway” is a must for New England travelers. Connecting the mainland to the tip of Cape Cod, Highway 6A is one of the most scenic coastal routes in the United States, and your entrance to the quintessential shore holiday. From the Buzzard’s Bay Railroad Bridge to historic Provincetown, this stretch of winding road weaves its way along quaint main streets, past historic homes, and alongside the stunning Cape Cod shoreline. Here are some of the things to do and see on your Cape Cod vacation:
Take a Stroll -- No matter which town you find yourself in -- from Sandwich to Yarmouth, Orleans to Provincetown -- the small villages along Old King’s Highway offer ample reasons to take it slow. Pop in a boutique for the latest fashions, savor a double scope of mint chocolate chip, or spend some time photographing the classic New England architecture.
Hop Aboard the Ferry -- The resort-style islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are a quick boat ride away. Watch the sailboats as they fill the harbor, take a peek at the Kennedy family compound or look for the dozens of lighthouses that chart your course. Just make sure to spend some time reclining on the pristine shores of the many beaches and nature preserves.
Savor the Seafood -- If there’s one thing Cape Cod is known for, it’s seafood. From fried clams to lobster bakes there’s no shortage of tasty food. Stop by a rustic lobster hut, clam shack or seafood joint for a piping-hot cup of “chowdah” at the best seat in the house -- a picnic table overlooking the shore.
Watch a Show -- With a put-put course nearby and a playground in front of the giant screen, there’s nothing more nostalgic than the Wellfleet Drive-In in Provincetown. Grab an ice cream cone at the Dairy Bar or some buttered popcorn to share while you sit back and watch a double feature through the original 1950s mono speakers.
Glass Blowing -- The Sandwich Glass Museum offers historical and modern displays of glass art, as well as live glass-blowing demonstrations. It’s the perfect detour from the sun and sand.
Support the Arts -- The Cape Playhouse is the nation’s oldest professional summer theater. Located mid-Cape, the playhouse operates in an old meeting house with the original pews for seating. The shows are first-rate and the theater’s alumni include Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis.
A “Shore” Thing -- The 40-mile stretch of Cape Cod National Seashore features some of the best beaches on Cape Cod. Designated a national park by President Kennedy, the area features hiking, bike trails and plenty of room to stroll along the sand.
You can experience a Cape Cod holiday as part of YMT Vacations’ New England and Canadian Maritimes Cruise & Tour. This 15-day itinerary also features a 7-night cruise, a motor-coach tour of the New England’s fall colors and stops in Boston, Quebec City and Montreal. To make your reservation, call your travel agent or YMT Vacations at 1-888-756-9072.