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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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If you want to see what life was like on old Cape Cod in colonial times, you can get a glimpse of it on the Old King's Highway. There are beautiful historical homes, lanes to bay... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

If you want to see what life was like on old Cape Cod in colonial times, you can get a glimpse of it on the Old King's Highway. There are beautiful historical homes, lanes to bay beaches, antique shops, art galleries, etc. It wouldn't be a trip to Cape Cod if you did not take a ride along this historical... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

A lovely undulating road for both driving and cycling which almost goes the length of Cape Cod. The road has spectacular New England houses and restaurants and boutiques along its length. I am delighted that it remains unspoilt

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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Just the most spectacular journey through the prettiest part of New England, around every turn is something more picturesque, charming, stunning than the bend you've just passed through. It leaves you transformed, transported to a time that was slower, where craftsmanship mattered. Every house is prettier than the last, every village has its' own character and charm.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We took a day to drive the Cape starting in Sandwich which we loved very much. We stopped in Sandwich for souvenirs .The people were so friendly. We loved the quaint little town. We walked the boardwalk which was very nice. There just happened to be a Farmers Market there that day. I bought lots of homemade goodies. Very much... More 

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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Very fast service, good portions for the price. Don't let the small size of the restaurant fool you or scare you away!!!

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Portage, Wisconsin
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26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I was very disappointed to have been driving and not a passenger because it felt like so many sites sort of passed me by as I was navigating the quaint towns and turns. That being said, I am looking forward to driving it again.

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

If you hit the Cape in the fall after the tourist go home, jump on route 6a right under the Sagamore bridge! Put the top down and hit this route using all 5 gears! Scenic and peaceful riding along marshes, sand dunes and the colors of the season and smell of salt air !no hurry or rush just cruising and... More 

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Grimsby, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We took the route off season on a Saturday. Loved the scenic drive, stopped in many villages and crawled our way up to P-Town. Loved this drive, highly recommend it, not sure how it would be during July and August tourist season though.

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Matthews, North Carolina
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27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We love driving Route 6A from Orleans to Sandwich. When it's off-season there isn't much traffic so you can meander at your leisure. We like to stop at the various shops, perhaps enjoy lunch at one of the many dining spots along the way, and also explore some of the side roads. We have come across some really lovely spots... More 

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MA
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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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Address: Sandwich, MA
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Cod  >  Sandwich

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