Massachusetts May 22, 2018
See The Very Best Of Cape Cod In One Day On This Epic Road Trip
Planning lavish holidays is all well and good, but what do you do when vacation days are few and far between? Take this awesome one-day road trip across Cape Cod, of course! This amazing journey will guide you to some of the best attractions, restaurants, and sights on the Cape. Keep scrolling to find out more.
This road trip will take you from the Cape Cod Canal all the way to the tip of the Cape in just about 2.5 hours. Depending on where you’re starting from, you may need to book a hotel for the night before or after the journey, but the actual trip itself can be completed in just a day!
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1. Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich
Start your trip with a dose of natural beauty at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. Wandering around this place will treat you with perfectly maintained flower gardens, rolling lawns, and even a wooden windmill. There’s also a beautiful flowering maze to find your way out of and plenty of small paths to get lost on. While you’re there, stop by the amazing treehouse playground for kids and take a spin on their vintage carousel. (67 Grove Street, Sandwich)
2. Parnassus Book Service, Yarmouthport
If you love the smell of old books, this place will send you into a trance. Parnassus Book Service is just what a local book shop ought to be – housed in a gorgeous old building and filled with a mix of rare, old tomes and new, cheap finds. There’s even an outdoor section where you can pick up books for as little as 50 cents, and it operates on the honor system. (220 Route 6A
3. Lighthouse Beach, Chatham
What day on Cape Cod would be complete without a stop at the beach? Catch some rays and breathe in the smell of the salty air at spectacular Chatham Lighthouse Beach. The currents here can be a bit strong, but the water is so shallow that you can walk for ages on the sand bars when the tide is low. Directly opposite the beach is the impressive Chatham Light, so it’s a great spot for a photo-op as well. (Shore Road, Chatham)
4. The Beachcomber, Wellfleet
If your stomach starts to rumble after all that sun and sand, make your way to the next stop on our tour – The Beachcomber in Wellfleet. This seaside restaurant and bar is situated off the beaten path, but offers one of the best dining views on the Cape. Even though the scenery is world-class, the menu offers classic surf and turf fare at prices that are easy on the wallet. Grab a burger or a round of oysters and enjoy the late afternoon sun on the water as you dine. (1120 Cahoon Hollow Road, Wellfleet)
5. Briar Lane Jams & Jellies, Wellfleet
Looking to pick up a souvenir but don’t want to take home a kitschy Cape Cod keychain or sweatshirt? Pop by Briar Lane Jams & Jellies on your way to our next stop and treat yourself to a jar of homemade goodness. They’ve been making jams and jellies since the 1930s, and you can’t beat the adorable clapboard cottage storefront on the side of the road. Try flavors like beach plum, cranberry, or rosehip jam. (230 Briar Lane, Wellfleet)
6. Commercial Street, Provincetown
Close out your road trip with a stroll down Commercial Street in Provincetown. Besides being one of the most picturesque main streets on Cape Cod – think blooming hydrangeas, glimpses of the sea between white-washed sailing manors, and colorful storefronts – it’s also an amazing place for people-watching and packed with great places to stop for dinner. Try a seafood meal at The Lobster Pot or go a bit south of the border at The Mews Restaurants and Cafe. Don’t forget to head to the waterfront to catch a killer sunset.
this link to see an interactive map of the road trip and to tailor the road trip to your needs. For more day-off inspiration, check out this incredible Massachusetts waterfall road trip.