The quaint towns and fishing villages of Cape Cod make this crescent-shaped peninsula at the easternmost edge of Massachusetts seem adrift in time, a relic of a more refined era. Jutting into the Atlantic Ocean with miles and miles of pristine beaches, Cape Cod is a favorite summer getaway for East Coast day-trippers and long-weekenders, as well as a nationwide tourist destination. Families tend to favor quiet Cape Cod Bay, to the north of the peninsula, with its charming B&Bs, plentiful antique shops and cheerful waterfront cottages, while rambunctious college students head to the nightlife centers of Falmouth and Wellfleet. Visit Provincetown to soak in equal parts culture and history at the town’s many art galleries and fine-dining establishments, and at museums dedicated to the site of the Pilgrims’ first landing. Our Cape Cod travel guide will point you to all the must-see destinations on this charming peninsula.
Things Not to Miss in Cape Cod
• Whale-watching in Provincetown
• The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
• The Cape Cod National Seashore
• The Cape Cod Canal
• Cycling the Cape Cod Rail Trail
• The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
• Seeing one of Cape Cod’s many picturesque lighthouses
• Playing a round at the Holly Ridge Golf Club
• The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum
• Taking a ferry to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard
When to Go to Cape Cod
Most travelers prefer to visit Cape Cod during the months of June through September, when bright sunny weather warms the ocean – but traveling to Cape Cod in the summer months also means paying a premium for lodgings and wrestling with crowds at the most popular tourist attractions. For a quieter experience, travel to Cape Cod during the shoulder months of April and May or October and November, when the crowds have dispersed, but the weather is still pleasant, if a little crisp. If you can brave a chilly winter, make your Cape Cod travel plans during the winter, when the peninsula will be all but deserted and you can curl up in front of a fireplace and enjoy the peace and quiet.