The best way to experience the rich history, stunning beauty and charming towns of Cape Cod is to do it leisurely, driving along Route 6A, known as Old King’s Highway.
A little more than 60 miles, this stretch of road is considered one of the 10 most scenic and historic roads in America. The route begins where the Cape does, just over the Sagamore Bridge, and continues (going right past the Inn!) and on to just this side of Provincetown. With a speed limit that doesn’t go over 40 miles per hour, you’re assured of taking it easy and enjoying the sights.
And oh what sights you’ll see! Beautiful beaches, picturesque villages, maritime sites, quaint shops—it’s a cornucopia of history and charm all rolled into one. Here are a few highlights to look for.
The oldest town on the cape, Sandwich, was once home to the largest glass factory in the United States. Stop by the Sandwich Glass Museum to learn about its history through multi-media exhibits, and enjoy glass-blowing demonstrations too.
Right here in Barstable is the U. S. Coast Guard Heritage Museum, with extensive exhibits that explain the history and importance of our maritime history.
Further along 6A, the road curves close to Cape Cod Bay and enters Dennis. Take a side tour here, up to Scargo Hill. The 160-foot rise is the highest point on Cape Cod and offers a splendid panoramic vista.
Coast Guard Beach, located in Eastham, is known for its high sand dunes, great swimming and a top spot for watching shore birds and harbor seals. Take the long wooden stairway down to Nausset Light Beach to get the full effect (and great views of the classic lighthouse). Just past this, is the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, a must-stop for birders.
And for anyone who loves poking around in quaint shops or antiquing, Old King’s Highway is a dream come true. Every little town is lined with stores to fit your fancy. Check with us for a list of some of our favorite shops and restaurants.
Barnstable is a good mid-way point on Route 6A. Plan to spend several days with us at the Inn, and you can do one half of the highway one day, and the other, the following day!