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Route 6A (The Old King's Highway)

Sandwich, MA
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Ranked #2 of 16 Attractions in Sandwich
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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,... more » 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. « less
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liverpool, UK
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Goes on longer than you think but it is simply stunning !! Take time to turn off the highway and explore some of the coves and beaches you will not be dissapointed !

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Nice long highway with many attractions! Shops, eateries, and just seeing all the beautiful homes along the way.

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Southington, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

There is nothing to dislike about Route 6A. it is so relaxing taking this road. Just like the song "Old Cape Cod" says-winding roads that seem to becon you. You can take your time driving it, and you see so much. There are restaurants, gift shops etc. along the way.

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Ithaca, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

When traveling from town to town my wife and I always try to take 6A. This is not always the fastest route, but it is always a pleasant drive highlighting several small towns and local architecture, showing a lot of what Cape Cod has to offer

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Fredericton, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We were leaving Woods Hole one evening and as we were driving up to the highway, I saw the signs for Route 6A and told my husband to go that way since I'd heard it was beautiful and it was! The cutest little shops, galleries, antique stores etc. It was a beautiful drive. My only regret was that it was... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Plan it out ahead for fairs,craft shows, antique shoppe , poetry, artisan galleries. Spend an entire day from end to end my wife enjoys all the small shoppes in each town. Good restaurants along the way. Fridays are not great days a lot of traffic in the afternoon.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Many lovely homes, yards and antique shops to see. It is theeeeee way to see the Cape if you are not in a hurry and feel adventuresome.

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Needham, Massachusetts
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58 reviews 58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Most people don't realize that King's Highway (Rt 6A) is a giant historic district. That means that the homes along the route must comply with guidelines to preserve and maintain the historic homes. The route is like a living colonial museum showcasing homes dating from the 1700's to the early 1900's. The road is also dotted with antique shops, gift... More

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Gloversville, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Took a trip on 6A, starting in Sandwich. It was just beautiful - the trees, the houses, the downtowns. We went in mid-June, when it was not high peak, so the roads were clear. This is good because it is only a 2 lane highway. If you have not been here before, it is hard to know where to go... More

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Yukon, Oklahoma
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13 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Driving Rout 6A from one end of Cape Cod to the other is a wonderful, easy, beautiful ride. The exception is during tourist season when the road *two lane" is filled with cars and people. If you are there early in the year, and in the fall, that is the time to ride this road. The foliage, scenery, old houses,... More

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