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Route 6A (The Old King's Highway)

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Address: Sandwich, MA
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Activities: Driving
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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Many sights to see along 6A. There are art festivals, glass-blowing, many interesting shops and galleries. This road also leads to many of the local, seaside beaches. Most towns... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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MA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Many sights to see along 6A. There are art festivals, glass-blowing, many interesting shops and galleries. This road also leads to many of the local, seaside beaches. Most towns alon 6A feature a variety of restaurants.

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Starkville, Mississippi
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216 reviews 216 reviews
23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Yes, it's classic Cape Cod, with the cute shops and old villages. Just what you expect for a trip to the Cape.

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Weston, Massachusetts
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78 reviews 78 reviews
33 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Early May, 6A was beautiful. My friend and I drove it a lot in preference to the main highway. Trees and flowers in full bloom. BUT, no traffic because it is not tourist season yet. That is the kicker.

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Stoughton, Massachusetts, United States
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108 reviews 108 reviews
18 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

When the traffic is light this is a nice scenic road through the various small villages of the Cape. We enjoy putting the top down for the ride, trying a new restaurant along the way, branching off onto side roads to see new things, checking out shops that we have and haven't been in before and just enjoying the ride.

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Massachusetts
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453 reviews 453 reviews
135 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I love The Old Kings Highway anytime of year, but being local, I stay away in the summer! It is a view of the old Cape, with lots of great shops (wonderful for antique-ers) beautiful homes and restaurants. Spend a day off season and meander through, with several stops!

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York
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221 reviews 221 reviews
25 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We drove all the way from Sandwich to the very tip of e island at Provincetown, but came back on the Interstate as once you've seen it then it is a little difficult to justify the extra time that you need as it is quite windy in comparison. All in all, we enjoyed the ride and actually quite liked Provincetown... More 

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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We drive along 6A everytime we are at the Cape. Quaint villages, unique shops, and country scenery. Many of the side roads lead to a gorgeous beach or quaint village. Lots to see and do, lots of places to walk.

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Dennis, Massachusetts
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165 reviews 165 reviews
47 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Any time of the year! Take in many historic buildings, wonderful B&B's, great eateries, antique shops and gift shops. Don't forget about the side streets that lead to the breathtaking views of the Bay!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2,099 reviews 2,099 reviews
1,133 attraction reviews
1,130 helpful votes 1,130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Beautiful views over the sea and scenic road. We drove along this highway during our road trip in Cape Cod. There are several attractions along the road. Don't miss it.

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wirral
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101 reviews 101 reviews
39 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

As we weren't staying that far from Sandwich, we decided to drive along the highway from Sandwich up to Orleans. The road gently meanders through Cape Cod and takes you through villages, close to beaches and national parks. As we went in the Fall, the colours of the trees lining the route was spectacular. We'd visited the USS Constitution whilst... More 

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