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“Slow-paced, Beautiful and Pleasant drive”

Ranked #4 of 39 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.
Milton, Delaware
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119 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Slow-paced, Beautiful and Pleasant drive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

Rather than rush to our destination on Route 6, w chose the slow road. The Kings Highway is a very slow-paced, beautiful and pleasant drive.

From its apparent beginning as a Native American trail, Route 6A evolved into a principal east-west cart path for early Cape Cod farmers and other settlers. In the late 17th century it became an extension of the Plymouth Colony’s “King’s Highway.” With the rise of 18th century maritime activities on Cape Cod, sea captain homes, taverns and other commercial activities sprouted along the route, giving occasion to Boston-Provincetown stagecoaches to stop.

In the next century, the demise of maritime industries prompted a focus on cranberry production in the district. In fact, we pass a cranberry bog as the crew arrives to begin harvesting.

The Kings Highway 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.

Visited September 2013
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San Diego, California
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Gorgeous Drive!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

This drive showcases the charm of the Cape! Beautiful towns and shops all along the way... love this drive!

Visited September 2013
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New Mexico
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66 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“An enjoyable way to explore the Cape!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

My sister and I took this lovely route all the way from Sandwich to Orleans, and we were not disappointed. We saw many lovely homes, beautiful foliage, antique stores, quaint shops, a farmer's market (where we bought some delicious cherry tomatoes to munch on while on the drive), good restaurants, and beautiful scenery. And the traffic was minimal, making it pleasant and easy to stop when the mood hit us. We saw a cute display in the yard of one home of three life-sized mermaids (see my photo), and just really enjoyed our chosen route.

Visited June 2013
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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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“Worth driving this slow road versus the highway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

Good route when shopping for antiques - along with cute gift shoppes. The well-kept homes along 6A, make it a very scenic ride.

Visited July 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“New England right there for you”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The road travels through numerous villages and small town centers. For my money this is what the "by-way" trip is all about. The cafes, diners and town commons make it a nice leisurely ride.

Visited July 2013
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