Planning Your Time

The region can be enjoyed for a few days or a few weeks, depending on the nature of your trip. As the towns are all quite distinct on Cape Cod, it’s best to organize your trip based on your interests: an outdoors enthusiast would want to head to the National Seashore region, for example; those who prefer shopping and amusements would do better in the Mid-Cape area. As one Fodors.com forum member noted, the Cape is generally "not something to see . . . instead, people go to spend a few days or weeks, relax, go to the beach . . . that sort of thing." A day trip to Nantucket to wander the historic downtown is manageable; several days is best to appreciate Martha’s Vineyard's diversity.

Numerous towns on the Cape have weekly beach and lawn concerts, pancake breakfasts, art shows, and more. The Cape Week Section of the Cape Cod Times is a great source for information to help plan your days, as is the local Chamber of Commerce.

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