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Route 6A (The Old King's Highway)

Address: Sandwich, MA
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Ranked #2 of 14 Attractions in Sandwich
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: Route 6A, which is on the northern, or bay side, of Cape Cod, winds its way through some of the...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: 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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York
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172 reviews 172 reviews
20 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 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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2 helpful votes 2 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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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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1,759 reviews 1,759 reviews
932 attraction reviews
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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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30 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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Keansburg, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

However, we did find it a little too busy to really look around. Like some of the stores along the way, disliked the traffic.

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Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We like to get off the fast highways away from too much commercialization. The Old King's Highway was a beautiful drive among the little towns with beautiful trees hanging over the road. Although there was traffic, it was nothing like hwy. 6A. The road is narrow and windy, but it was no problem for us. There are lots of art... More 

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Martins Creek, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Great highway to see the sights of the Cape on the way to Provincetown. Very beautiful scenic drive. Came up here in October 2014.

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oregon
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Beautiful scenery, good road, peaceful surroundings. Great way to connect Sandwich with the rest of the Cape, lots of history, here.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We recently visited Cape Cod and took the 6A - The Kings Highway - along the Cape to Provincetown. This has to be one of the prettiest roads ever. The houses were beautiful and the gardens really eye-catching. The village of Dennis is breath-taking. Take your time and meander along this roads - you won't be disappointed.

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