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“Nice drive” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Route 6A (The Old King's Highway)

Ranked #4 of 38 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.
Austin, Texas
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“Nice drive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

Route 6A is not what it used to be. However, it is still a pretty drive and perhaps something to do if the weather is not perfect, it is rainy, or too cold for the beach. It could be a cool drive in the Fall, but if you vacation on Cape Cod in the summer and the weather is nice, there is so much more to do! If you decide to drive down 6A stop at:
Dexter's Grist Mill in Sandwich,
while driving through Dennis, you will pass Eden, the only jewelry store on Cape Cod that sells the original Cape Cod Screwball Bracelet (but in the summer, unless you plan ahead and get a ticket, you will not be able to get inside the store),
and another good stop is the Brewster General Store.

Once you made it to Orleans, you are almost at the end of route 6A (it eventually ends when it meets with Mid-Cape Highway--Route 6). Before you hit its end, turn left into the Main St. (which will turn into Rock Harbor Rd.) and continue until you come to Rock Harbor. This is a beautiful place to watch sunset and see fishermen's boats come and go.

Visited June 2013
5 Thank Vera L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“American History + Driving Perfection”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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“Relaxing and beautiful drive”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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“A Quintessential New England Experience in Any Season”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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“Lovely to see, but hard to experience closely”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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