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“If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air, quaint little villages here and there, you’re sure to fall in love with old Cape Cod.”

The lyrics of this romantic old tune capture the magic of Cape Cod, which calls you to its miles of coastline, charming centuries-old settlements and sea adventures. It’s a tourist mecca with a small-town feel where you’ll be lulled by soft ocean breezes and charmed by quaint structures painted in sea-washed colors. If you’re looking for a no-fuss vacation, The Cape is your kind of getaway.

Love marine history? Whaling stories and the telling of a good fish tale are part of the genteel lifestyle in this part of New England. Checkered with sleepy seaside communities like Dennis Port overlooking Nantucket Sound, the Cape is strewn with picturesque towns and villages with unusual names and a fascinating history. Around every corner, antique stores, art galleries, gift shops and amazing seafood eateries await your discovery. From Falmouth to Provincetown, and Martha’s Vineyard to Nantucket, you’re sure to find your perfect oceanside nirvana to sink your toes in the warm sand and soak up some sun. Cape Cod also gives you easy access to even more of New England’s best attractions. Within an hour you can be in Boston or Providence, two cultural hot spots with some of the best historic attractions in the country.

THINGS TO DO IN CAPE COD

Family taking pictures outside of lighthouse

Historic Lighthouses

Lighthouse aficionados will want to visit the Cape Cod collection, a series of beacons that have served seafarers for hundreds of years. There are 16 historic lighthouses along the cape, but it’s possible to see them all during a visit.

Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket victorian homes

Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket

These two offshore islands can easily be reached from Cape Cod via ferry. Each has a distinct  flavor, so you may want to make time to visit both.