The peninsula called Cape Cod, separated from the Massachusetts mainland by the 17.5-mi Cape Cod Canal, pairs sandy beaches
and dunes jutting into the open Atlantic with well-preserved towns dating from Colonial times. Everyone comes for the seaside,y et the crimson cranberry bogs, forests of birch and beech, freshwater ponds, and historic homes that grace the interior are just as splendid. The Cape is only about 70 mi from end to end; you can make a cursory circuit of it in about two days. But it is really a place for relaxing — for swimming, sunning, fishing, or boating; for sampling simple fresh seafood, creative contemporary cuisine, or most anything in between; or for taking leisurely walks, bike rides, or drives along the country roads. Paved trails wander through nature preserves, which protect the natural beauty of the forests and marshes. Thanks to the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore, almost 30 mi of dune-backed Atlantic beach
are protected from most traces of human habitation. Away from the sand, along tree-shaded roads, you’ll see traditional saltboxes and Cape Cod–style cottages, their shingles weathered to a silvery gray. You’ll also pass village greens and white-steepled churches that epitomize old New England. In striking contrast, Provincetown, at the tip of the Cape, boasts an active gallery scene, plus lively nightlife. This chapter contains sections on exploring the region, sights to see, dining, lodging, camping, shopping, arts & entertainment, sports & outdoor activities, and essential travel information
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