Cape Cod: Places to Explore

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  • Barnstable

    With nearly 50,000 year-round residents, Barnstable is the largest town on the Cape. It's also the second oldest (founded in 1639). You can get a feeling for its age in Barnstable Village, on and...

  • Brewster

    Brewster's location on Cape Cod Bay makes it a perfect place to learn about the region's ecology. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is here, and the area is rich in conservation lands, state...

  • Chatham

    At the bent elbow of the Cape, with water nearly surrounding it, Chatham has all the charm of a quietly posh seaside resort, with plenty of shops but none of the crass commercialism that plagues...

  • Dennis

    The backstreets of Dennis Village still retain the Colonial charm of its seafaring days. The town, which was incorporated in 1793, was named for the Reverend Josiah Dennis. There were 379 sea...

  • Eastham

    Often overlooked on the speedy drive up toward Provincetown on U.S. 6, Eastham is a town full of hidden treasures. Unlike other towns on the Cape, it has no official town center or Main Street;...

  • Falmouth

    Falmouth, the Cape's second-largest town, was settled in 1660. Much of Falmouth today is suburban, with a mix of old and new developments and a large year-round population. Many residents commute...

  • Harwich

    The Cape's famous cranberry industry took off in Harwich in 1844, when Alvin Cahoon was its principal grower. Today you'll still find working cranberry bogs throughout Harwich. Three naturally...

  • Hyannis

    Aquinnah, called Gay Head until the town voted to change its name in 1997, is an official Native American township. The Wampanoag tribe is the guardian of the 420 acres that constitute the...

  • Orleans

    Orleans has a long heritage in fishing and seafaring, and many beautifully preserved homes remain from the Colonial era in the small village of East Orleans, home of the town's Historical Society...

  • Provincetown

    Many people know that the Pilgrims stopped here at the curved tip of Cape Cod before proceeding to Plymouth. Historical records suggest that an earlier visitor was Thorvald, brother of Viking Leif...

  • Sandwich

    The oldest town on Cape Cod, Sandwich was established in 1637 by some of the Plymouth Pilgrims and incorporated on March 6, 1638. Today, it is a well-preserved, quintessential New England village...

  • Truro

    Today Truro is a town of high dunes, estuaries, and rivers fringed by grasses, rolling moors, and houses sheltered in tiny valleys. It's a popular retreat for artists, writers, politicos, and...

  • Wellfleet and South Wellfleet

    Still famous for its world-renowned and succulent namesake oysters, Wellfleet is today a tranquil community; many artists and writers call it home. Less than 2 miles wide, it's one of the most...

  • Yarmouth

    Once known as Mattacheese, or "the planting lands," Yarmouth was settled in 1639 by farmers from the Plymouth Bay Colony. By then the Cape had begun a thriving maritime industry, and men turned to...

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