• Boston, Massachusetts, USA city skyline at the harbor.

    Boston, Massachusetts, USA city skyline at the harbor.

  • Cape Cod Beach

    Cape Cod Beach

  • Mayflower replica

    Mayflower replica

  • Nantucket

    Nantucket

Once the home of JFK and the rest of the Kennedy dynasty, Cape Cod has long been regarded as one of the most scenic areas in Massachusetts. Its fresh sea air, whimsical lighthouses and delicious lobster makes Cape Cod a must-visit destination.

Take the Opportunity to Visit Boston

Before you succumb to the tranquillity of Cape Cod’s seaside towns, spend the day in Boston, a vibrant and trendy city that people come back to time and time again.

There are many famous institutions in Boston, one of the most well-known being Harvard University. Since the 1600s it has educated some of the most important women and men in American history, and its hallowed grounds are open for tours. You can grab a bite to eat and enjoy some shopping at the nearby Harvard Square, before walking around the historic campus.

Later, cycle to Charles River Esplanade, and chill by the water with a picnic. You’ll be able to see lots of public art here, and it’s an easy walk (or cycle) to the Museum of Science, if your time at Harvard has got you in the mood to learn something new.

In the evening, head to the Coolidge Corner Theatre, for one of their famous late-night showings. The Coolidge is a gorgeous art-deco theatre, just as lovely on the inside as it is on the outside. At midnight, it shows the best of cult and avant-garde cinema – perfect for all film buffs.

After you’ve spent the day discovering the city, drive down to Route 6, the road that winds through Cape Cod.

Start: Plymouth

45-minute drive from Boston

Known as ‘America’s hometown’, this is where the Pilgrims from the Mayflower created their colony, and was the location of the first ever Thanksgiving feast. The people of Plymouth are very proud of their important historical significance, and you can find lots of references to their past all over the quaint town.

A must-see is the replica of the famous Mayflower ship. It is built to scale, and you can climb on-board to explore it for yourself and see what life would have been like for the Mayflower Pilgrims when they were crossing the ocean. You can also spend a few hours at the Plimoth Plantation, a replica of the Pilgrims’ and Native Americans’ original settlements.

Next: Sandwich

40-minute drive from Plymouth

The next stop on your road trip is the town of Sandwich. If it’s history you want, then Sandwich is the place to visit. It’s the oldest town in Cape Cod, and thanks to its scenery, it is one of the most popular destinations in the area.

In the centre of town, there are plenty of historical houses to see, and some have been converted into cute B&Bs so you can have the authentic Sandwich experience if you choose to stay.

Since the 1800s, glassblowing has been an important part of Sandwich’s culture, and you can learn more about this artform at the Sandwich Glass Museum, as well as see real-life glassblowing demonstrations.

Next: Hyannis

25-minute drive from Sandwich

Hyannis Port is probably one of the most talked about destinations in Cape Cod, thanks to its incredibly famous former residents, the closest thing America has to its own Royal Family, The Kennedys.

The family used to vacation here in Hyannis Port, in their compound. If you want to get a glimpse of the sprawling home featured in the famous Kennedy home videos, then you can go on one of the many sightseeing cruises that sail past.

To learn more about the family and JFK, you can visit the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, based in the former town hall. Here, you can learn about the family and the youngest man ever elected to be President.

If you aren’t that political, then the lure of the beaches, sparkling ocean and boat trips are enough to make you want to visit Hyannis.

By Ferry: Nantucket

One hour, 15-minutes from Hyannis Port

A tiny island just off Cape Cod, Nantucket is the place to go for chic shopping trips, delicious restaurants, and beaches so pretty they could almost be works of art.

Known for being the weekend and summer getaway of America’s most fabulous, Nantucket can be pricey, but don’t let that put you off. Even those on a budget can spend a day on the beaches, and stroll past the cottages adorned with wildflowers.

One of the most popular activities in Nantucket is whale watching. It’s usually around a six-hour trip, where you can spot humpback, finback and minke whales, as well as dolphins, sharks and turtles.

Next: Harwich

Half an hour drive from Hyannis

Harwich is a dream destination for nature lovers, and those who want to stretch their legs by hiking. Either join one of Harwich’s guided walks, or grab a map and your walking boots, and head out on your own. A hike to the aptly named Pleasant Lake (just over an hour away) is the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Harwich.

Drive: Provincetown

One hour from Harwich

The very tip of Cape Cod is Provincetown. Finish your Route 6 road trip here, and you will have gone full circle, as it’s the port where the Mayflower first arrived.

Dine on Provincetown’s fresh seafood, visit its galleries and relax on the beaches. See if you can spot the seals that find Provincetown as inviting as its tourists do!

Has the beauty of Cape Cod and the villages along Route 6 encouraged you to visit? Enjoy real Americana in a picture-perfect setting in Massachusetts.