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Route 6A (The Old King's Highway)

Sandwich, MA
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Ranked #6 of 20 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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Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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57 reviews 57 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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42 reviews 42 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
13 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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Lewiston, Maine
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

What a gorgeous ride! Get off the highway and take a trip throughout some of the villages on 6A. It is worth the time especially if the time is your own and you are on vacation. You will not miss the cramped and rushed highway and find some interesting places to see and eat.

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Sandwich, Massachusetts, United States
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This has been labelled as one of the most beautiful drives in America and it is very easy to see why ! No matter what time of the year you are driving along 6A you will want to have a convertible to enjoy all the sights and sounds of this treasure of a road. 6A meanders, slowly in most sections... More

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yarmouth
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This is a delightful route with many places to stop to eat, shop or even hike. This is a single lane highway, however and during summer months is often slow going. There are few if any places to pass and tourists are so charmed by the surroundings, they drive slowly and take in the views. I have used 6 A... More

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Norton, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

This is a wonderful windy road thru the north side of Cape Cod. Stop at interesting stores and find many lovely restaurants but do get off the road and go up side streets especially in Barnstable and the bay side.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Picturesque and historic Route 6A - the perfect way to see Cape Cod in the fall! From Sandwich in the West to Provincetown in the East, the whole thing is worth the time.

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Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

We traveled the full length of RT 6, taking side trips to lighthouses , windmills and small shops. This road and Rt 28 combine to make a great road trip thru the Cape.

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