Cape Cod Vacation,
Hiking Biking Sightseeing on Cape Cod
When planning your vacation you can divide Cape Cod into four sections to make it easier: Upper Cape, Mid Cape, Lower Cape, and Outer Cape. Fifteen towns make up the sandy terminal moraine that is full of history but each section differs in many ways and they offer the traveler a varied selection that will keep the Cape Cod vacation interesting.
The Upper Cape was settled by the sons and daughters of the 1620 Pilgrims from England and can offer tons of history including the oldest house on the Cape, the 1637 Hoxie House pictured above to the left.
The Outer Cape starts in Orleans and will offer the nature lover a solitude that prompted Henry David Thoreau to visit several times and write a Journal, "Cape Cod"
The Mid and Lower Cape offer a more settled beach life, antiquing, golf and shopping
This still wild land of dunes stretches thirty miles into the Atlantic and is called the outer cape
Your Cape Cod Vacation will take some planning. Divide Cape Cod into four sections to make it easier: Upper Cape, Mid Cape, Lower Cape, and Outer Cape. Fifteen towns make up the peninsula that is full of history, great beaches, bike trails, golf courses and shopping.
Each town is different but all have great beaches
or Outer Cape.
The land gets
as you go
Getting to Cape Cod: Boston is the nearest large city to Cape Cod.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities. Rental cars are available at the airport. From Boston take Route 93 to Route 3 and after 60 miles, cross the Cape Cod Canal. Continue on Route 6 for all locations on Cape Cod or go to Route 6A for the slower scenic route through the villages. Routes 6 and 6A join in Orleans and go to the tip of Cape Cod.
Several small commuter airlines serve Hyannis Airport and Provincetown Airport on Cape Cod from Boston, Providence, and New Bedford. Cape Air, US Airways Express, and Linear Air (Hanscom Field Bedford Ma)
Bus service is available from Boston and from Logan Airport. Plymouth and Brockton, Logan Direct serves Hyannis
Bonanza Bus Lines serves Bourne, Falmouth, and the Wood's Hole ferry from Logan Airport
Passenger Boats leave daily from Boston to the tip of Cape Cod (May -September) at Provincetown. Bicycles can go aboard.
A fast cat boat and a slower conventional passenger boat make trips from Boston. Bicycles permitted
A passenger boat makes a daily run from Plymouth, MA to Provincetown.
Cape Cod Vacation hiking, biking, and sightseeing will take planning.
Divide Cape Cod into four sections to make it easier: Upper Cape, Mid Cape, Lower Cape, and Outer Cape. Fifteen towns make up the sandy terminal moraine that is Cape Cod.
Fifteen large towns and many small villages make up the sandy moraine that juts into the Atlantic Ocean 60 miles south of Boston that was named by explorers in 1607 Cape Cod because of the abundant fish..
Upper Cape: Along the Cape Cod Canal, the towns of Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, and Sandwich define the upper Cape
Mid Cape includes Barnstable, Hyannis, Yarmouth, and Dennis. The mid Cap is where you will find Hyannis Airport
Lower Cape includes Brewster, Harwich, Orleans and Chatham.
Outer Cape includes Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.
Cape Cod hiking and sightseeing, Provincetown