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Route 6A (The Old King's Highway)

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Address: Sandwich, MA
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Route 6A, which is on the northern, or bay side, of Cape Cod, winds its way...

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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We love to drive on 6A when it's a beautiful day, a rainy day, a cloudy day, a dark evening, a snowy evening, whenever! It's a lovely strip of "old highway" with gorgeous homes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Cotuit, Massachusetts
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Cotuit, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We love to drive on 6A when it's a beautiful day, a rainy day, a cloudy day, a dark evening, a snowy evening, whenever! It's a lovely strip of "old highway" with gorgeous homes and charm galore. We find it very picturesque and relaxing. When we want to go for a drive we always head here. We live on the... More 

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Dennis, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Olde Cape Cod is found along historic route 6A, as well as some of the prettiest beaches anywhere. Get off the highway and really see the Cape.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The way you used to get to the Cape years ago. Winding road,past lots of antiques shops and ice-cream shops. Great May-Nov.Great on a motorcycle or convertible. If you are in a rush, take 6,but if take your time and are not in a rush, 6-A is it.Ahhhh, the memories

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Thank mcstephen66
Sandwich, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have the time , this route is a stunner. If you like a " Sunday drive" this is the road to take. Lots of places to to shop , eat or browse. Just give yours eft plenty of time.

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

If you are visiting Cape Cod for the first time or are a regular take a drive on Route 6A from Sandwich to Provincetown.. You will have a leisurely drive through many picturesque villages and towns and along the way left turns will usually bring you to Cape Cod bay overlooks and perhaps a nice beach or two. Old sea... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I have travelled ALL over the USA, and (as an architect, and urban designer, and traveller) I can tell you that The Old King's Highway is truly one of the BEST scenic drives, and experiences, that you can take.... Make sure to stop and spend some time in: Sandwich, Barnstable, Dennis, Yarmoputhport, and Brewster This can all be accomplished in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

There are no other words to describe this road but charming. It is the only road in Massachusetts that reminds me of being in a quaint English village. In the winter, driving through Sandwich and Barnstable is breathtaking, seeing all of the quaint homes covered in snow, their inhabitants snuggled in fight against the winter wind. Almost feels like a... More 

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Thank Greatsource
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Really scenic, windy road, mostly quite rural. Salt marsh, pine, oak, lovely, the further east you go, the more quaint villages. Terribly dangerous for cyclists!!! Bikers, use the Service Road!

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Thank Reed B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

If you want to see cape cod you need to drive 6A Sandwich towards Ptown! Old houses. Dunes. Shops. Nature. Beautiful all year round

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Webster, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

If visiting MA, you have to drive Route 6 and 6A down the Cape. Interesting shops, great restaurants, turn-offs to beach areas, this is a great drive.

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