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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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Better than a four way highway

We drove this thinking we would be getting views of the ocean. What we didn't realize from the reviews was that this is just a smaller route through small towns. That was fine... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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Reedsburg, Wisconsin
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Reedsburg, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

We drove this thinking we would be getting views of the ocean. What we didn't realize from the reviews was that this is just a smaller route through small towns. That was fine and certainly you get to see more than if you were on a super highway. Still were I live I can drive through a bunch of small... More 

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Sumner, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We were on the way to Yarmouth port coming from Boston on a Friday .Decided to get of the main road and enjoy 6a so glad we did less traffic and nice sights. When we left Yarmouth going to P-Town continuing on 6a till it merged back to 6. Take time to see some of the gallery's & shops

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Derry City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A slow, relaxed, chilled out cruise back in time through quaint villages and beautiful woods. Highly recommended!

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Sherbrooke, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Excellent to go everywhere, nice house, smell the salt of the ocean,relaxing to pass and to make the morning jogging

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

lovely winding road through the towns of the upper and mid Cape Cod. Very narrow...so keep to your side of the road...!

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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I started coming to Cape Cod in 1967. I taught sailing in the Summer of 1967 and worked at The Record Room and for the Kennedy Clan in the Summer of 1968. I've lived on Martha's Vineyard since 1991 (24 years) and take this route monthly. It is scenic, reflective of Old Cape Cod, and representative of Cape Codders and... More 

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

There are few things that you can really enjoy doing at any time of the year, but without a doubt the trip along the scenic highway RT 6A is definitely one of these. All year long you will enjoy the wonderful historic homes and villages with plenty of places to eat and shop. In Spring the flowers are everywhere. In... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 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 19 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 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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Address: Sandwich, MA
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Cod  >  Sandwich

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