Massachusetts' Cape Cod is not only iconic for its unusual
geographical shape, but also for its collection of tiny yet colourful
seaside towns. Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the large cape is
home to 15 towns, all of which have their own unique maritime charm.
While winters in Cape Cod tend to bring frigid temperatures and
constant snowfalls, the summers offer warm weather and clear skies -
perfect for sunbathing on one of the cape's many beaches. As a result,
Cape Cod is one of the premier summer travel spots in the northeast
region of the U.S.
If you're looking for a summer retreat once the snow melts away, then consider doing some United States travel to Cape Cod, where you'll find plenty of opportunities for both leisure and adventure:
Located at the tip of Cape Cod is Provincetown, a cozy and rustic village that has one of the best views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Provincetown Harbor. Many travellers enjoy seeing the town by taking an Old-World trolley ride, which provides passengers with panoramic scenes of the water and stops at several historical sites, including the first landing of the Pilgrims. Commercial Street, which runs along the harbor, is lined with eccentric boutiques and authentic restaurants housed in colourful New England-style buildings, making it a major retail and cultural destination. The town is also known for its thriving arts community, featuring numerous theatres and galleries, as well as annual film and music festivals. Provincetown is serviced by two ferries from Boston, making it the perfect day or weekend trip for those travellers who also want to explore the Massachusetts capital.
As the largest community on Cape Cod, Barnstable is also one of the most popular among travellers. The city is home to the affluent village of Hyannis, which is the cape's transportation hub as well as its biggest recreational boating port. Hyannis also features the John F. Kennedy Memorial and the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, which is located along the city's vibrant Main Street. Visitors to Barnstable may also enjoy venturing to its other villages, including Marston Mills, which is home to many lakes and cranberry bogs. Meanwhile, food lovers can get a taste of unique Cotuit Oysters in the sleepy village of Cotuit. There, visitors can also test out Cotuit Skiffs, sailboats specially designed for the local bay.
Situated on the New England Sound side of the cape, Harwich has some of Cape Cod's most heralded coastlines, including Bank Street Beach and Earle Road Beach. In addition to its vast, white sands, Harwich is a beloved spot for antique collectors, as it hosts more than 40 vendors at the Harwich Antique Center.