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Route 6A (The Old King's Highway)

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Description: Route 6A, which is on the northern, or bay side, of Cape Cod, winds its...
Route 6A, which is on the northern, or bay side, of Cape Cod, winds its way through some of the oldest villages in America, including Bourne, Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster and Orleans. Many of the homes and churches along this tree-shaded road are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.If you are interested in seeing what Cape Cod looked like before tourists discovered it, and want to visit some of the best quaint, little shops in New England, Route 6A is the place to be.
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See this north end of the Cape!

Gotta go at least once and travel this road! From the bridges to Ptwn! Filled with history, B&B's, Museums, Antiques, and beautiful beaches. Stop at the many great eating... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Dennis, Massachusetts
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181 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Gotta go at least once and travel this road! From the bridges to Ptwn! Filled with history, B&B's, Museums, Antiques, and beautiful beaches. Stop at the many great eating establishments along the way. This is "The Cape"! Each town has it's own flavor.

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Massapequa, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We drove from Sandwich to Provincetown, staying on 6A as much as possible. It takes much longer, but we were glad we got to see some of the small towns and shops along the way rather than just anotgher highway.

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Beautiful drive on 6A quaint towns and lovely old homes. Sometimes (especially summer) the road is very heavy with traffic, and lots of cars turning off, stopping traffic often. Try and pick a time when travel should be light - enjoy the many home with flower gardens, art galleries, and gift shops.

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Dennis, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This road can be challenging in the Summer and shoulder season weekends. But it is a beautiful drive with many very classy small shops and restaurants. This is the quiet north side of the cape with many year-round homes.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Take a leisurely drive on 6a. Expect to see marshes, antique & ice cream shops & traditional Cape homes. Expect significant traffic on weekends in summer.

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estero, florida
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

route 6A IS A BEAUTIFUL RIDE ALONG THE bay side of the cape and not as hectic as route 6 or 28. much more quaint side of the cape, with shops along the way and some antique shops. the flowers ,daffodills along the wayare so beautiful in the spring and the fall leaves are just as beautifulL with all the... More 

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McHenry, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Take this road to travel Cape Cod in a more scenic way. You'll pass lots of small towns with shops, restaurants, etc. Also fun to travel through to see which town you'd like to stay in on your next visit.

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Reedsburg, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We drove this thinking we would be getting views of the ocean. What we didn't realize from the reviews was that this is just a smaller route through small towns. That was fine and certainly you get to see more than if you were on a super highway. Still were I live I can drive through a bunch of small... More 

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Sumner, Washington
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61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We were on the way to Yarmouth port coming from Boston on a Friday .Decided to get of the main road and enjoy 6a so glad we did less traffic and nice sights. When we left Yarmouth going to P-Town continuing on 6a till it merged back to 6. Take time to see some of the gallery's & shops

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Derry City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A slow, relaxed, chilled out cruise back in time through quaint villages and beautiful woods. Highly recommended!

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