Why Cape Cod is the Summer Capital of the US

Reaching out into the Atlantic like the upturned arm of a person flexing their muscles, Cape Cod is a mesmerizing landscape of soft sand beaches, pristine lakes and green forests dotted by picturesque New England towns. From Sandwich along the bicep to Provincetown at the fingertips, as well as the villages in between, the Cape offers a dazzling array of lifestyles and activities.

Each one of the 15 towns has its own unique personality. Famed for its cranberry bogs, the 400-square-mile peninsula with its 115 separate beaches has been a popular vacation destination for centuries. The Cape features a Gulf Stream microclimate that enables the beach season to run from early spring to late fall as Indian summer often lasts into November.

During a trip to the Cape, you can relax and enjoy a laid-back day at the beach or head out for an action-packed night at the theater or gallery. The Upper Cape, the portion closest to the mainland, is where the Cape begins. It is rich in history and scenic beauty. Boasting several museums and historic sites, it inspired native daughter Katherine Lee Bates to write “America the Beautiful.” Stroll along its famous boardwalk and observe the natural coastal environment. Enjoy walking, hiking and bicycling along the Cape Cod Canal as well as boating, kayaking and sailing in Buzzards Bay. The Mid-Cape region features warm water, beaches and adrenaline-pumping water sports on Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod Bay as well as villages brimming with old New England charm. Home to a large and historically significant weeping beech tree, the Mid-Cape is also the embarkation point for ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Both places are teeming with vacation rentals surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes.

The Lower Cape is filled with villages that were home to many of New England’s famous sea captains. Visitors enjoy water sports like swimming, surfing and boating as well as golf, antique shopping and the nearly 50 miles of bike paths. Much of the land, including the Cape Cod National Seashore, is protected habitat. The Outer Cape is home to the dramatic cliffs of Truro and the scenic Cape Cod Light as well as the beautiful harbor town of Wellfleet. A must-see destination, Chatham is an eclectic mix of shops, galleries and eateries juxtaposed against a backdrop of beautiful beaches. The best recommended lodging in the village is Chatham Gables Inn as it is close to many attractions. With so many recreational activities and beautiful scenery, it is no wonder Cape Cod has been attracting travelers since the Pilgrims first landed here centuries ago.

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