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“American History + Driving Perfection”

Ranked #4 of 44 things to do in Sandwich
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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.
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“American History + Driving Perfection”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

We journeyed Rte 6A in the Fall- lovely, historic, architectural beauty everywhere... incredible graveyards, shops and museums. Watch out for flocks of wild turkeys! A group of 20 or so appeared before us as we rounded a beautiful bend- it was perfect watching them cross beneath colorful autumn leaves and disappear behind an old stone wall....

Visited October 2012
2 Thank JFleure
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Chicago, Illinois
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69 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Relaxing and beautiful drive”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

The drive from Sandwich to Orleans on 6A was well worth the detour. The road takes you through quaint towns and also offers occasional breathtaking views of the water.

Visited June 2013
3 Thank dktenor
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East Sandwich, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A Quintessential New England Experience in Any Season”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

From the Sagamore Bridge to Orleans this road is one breath taking view after another. Historical homes, cranberry bogs and gardens line the entire route. The landscaping and vista's are "true Cape" experiences. From season to season it does not disappoint. Daffodil time, Christmas time, autumn and summer hydrangea bloom are some of the highlights.

Visited June 2013
5 Thank Margo M
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Northborough, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lovely to see, but hard to experience closely”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

While visiting this weekend, I took a friend with me (who lives on the Cape) and we took 6A from Orleans to Barnstable. Traffic made it difficult to stop en route, plus there did not seem to be many places you could legally park. The next day took this route again, from Dennis to Sandwich, and I would have loved to stop and take pictures, but again, did not see any places I could park and do any walking. Still nice to see (but I think in high season the traffic would be an issue).

Visited May 2013
3 Thank JosephForthill
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Hyannis, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Winding road”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

In the Spring and Fall are the best times to travel this road. It is the real Cape Cod. If you are going to any of the towns that you would go to via Rt. 6 and have lots of time, take this instead and stop a few times. Look for the Marshside Reasturant for lunch, Scargo Hill for the view, Lemon Tree Village for the shops and Mayflower Beach for the sunset.

Visited April 2013
6 Thank Elisabeth D
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