There’s so much to see on a Cape Cod tour, from beaches to lighthouses to real live whales! Need ideas? I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite things to do!
- Hit the beach. Of course, when you’re on the Cape, you’re never far from the Atlantic Ocean! On the west side, you’ll find the deep water harbors where fishing boats launch; on the east side, the sheltered bay is calm and perfect for swimming. Cape Cod is for history buffs just as much as it is for beach lovers! Check out First Encounter Beach (where the Pilgrims interacted with the Nauset tribe for the first time) and Marconi Beach (where the first wireless transatlantic radio message was sent in 1903).
- Spot as many lighthouses as you can. There are 14 historic lighthouses on the Cape. This Cape Cod tour will lead you past famous sights like Highland Light, Nauset Light, and The Three Sisters. The furthest one is Long Point Lighthouse, on the very tip of the peninsula. This one is for true completionists; nothing remains in Long Point but the tower!
- Shop at Commercial Street. Commercial Street specializes in small, locally owned, independent businesses. In the 1920s, Provincetown was a Bohemian artist colony; the spirit still remains in the dozens of galleries, museums, studios, and shops you’ll see. It’s also home to the Provincetown Theatre, which specializes in new and experimental works. Why not try to catch a show?
- Take a walk. The Wellfleet Audubon Society features five miles of trails if you’re looking to stretch your legs… and see some birds. Another beloved trail on the Cape is the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail. The thick canopy of trees make the path seem like it’s in perpetual twilight. It’s no wonder visitors compare it to a fairy tale forest!
- Whale watching. When you’re on the Northeast coast, you can’t miss your chance! Go to Macmillan Pier for an opportunity to glimpse a humpback, finback, or killer whale. Even if you don’t see any whales, there’s tons of other marine life worth looking out for: dolphins, turtles, seals… and probably more than a few seagulls.
To accomplish all these in one day, enlist the help of a Cape Cod self-guided driving tour! The comprehensive route will take you from Barnstable to Provincetown, hitting all the major sites in between and giving you the centuries-long history of the land. The perfect vacation is one click away!