An Atlantic cape with over 600 kilometres of shoreline, Cape Cod was one of the first parts of the United States inhabited by English settlers. Today, you can explore American history and culture at the Heritage Museums & Gardens through permanent and temporary exhibits.
Don’t leave Cape Cod without discovering its iconic lighthouses, as there are over 12 of these landmarks. If you only have time for one, stop by the historic Chatham Lighthouse built in 1808. This lighthouse is the archetypal New England lighthouse, with its picturesque white walls and a brick-red roof.
Thanks to its extensive shoreline, Cape Cod offers a plethora of water-based activities. You can rent a kayak and explore the area or go deep-sea fishing on a charter boat. If you prefer scenic walks by the water, head to Mayflower Beach for views of Cape Cod Bay and its quaint New England-style architecture. Finish your day off with a bowl of award-winning clam chowder at Skipper Restaurant and Chowder House, one of Cape Cod’s oldest waterfront establishments.
The laid-back nature of Cape Cod feels worlds apart from the bustle of nearby Boston, but it’s only about a 1.5-hour drive away. Public transportation is a viable option, with a bus journey taking about two hours.