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Route 6A, Massachusetts

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A trip through the quiet side of Cape Cod.

Photo of Rock Harbor, MA Cape Cod is not all hustle and bustle; indeed, there is a much more quiet, peaceful side to this beautiful peninsula. 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 Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, and Brewster. Many of the homes along this tree-shaded road are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Photo of a pond in Sandwich, MA Route 6A never strays far from the water, as there are several top beaches nearby, including Sandy Neck and Sandwich Town Beach. During the summer, the road can become a bit crowded, but it is much quieter than the bustling Route 28, which cuts through the southern side of the Cape. If you are interested in seeing what Cape Cod looked like before tourists discovered it, Route 6A is the place to go.

Map of Route 6A in Massachusetts: Click here to find the location of a particularly scenic stretch of Route 6A.


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