For more information on Cape Cod contact the Chamber of Commerce at 1 508 362 3225 or go to

Bay State Cruise Co. operates a ferry to Provincetown (mid-May–mid- Oct) from the World Trade Center, Boston, 617 748 1428

  1. Cape Ann

    Thirty miles (48 km) north of Boston, the granite brow of Cape Ann juts defiantly into the Atlantic – a rugged landscape of precipitous cliffs and deeply cleft harbors. In Gloucester, the cape’s main harbor, a waterfront plaque memorializes the 10,000 local fishermen who have perished at sea since 1623, and the Cape Ann Historical Association Museum (27 Pleasant St) displays some superb maritime paintings. The picturesque harborfront of adjacent Rockport is an artists’ enclave and is lined with galleries.

    Visitor information

    • Routes I-95 & 127

    • 33 Commercial St, Gloucester

    • 1 978 283 1601

  2. Upper Cape Cod

    The Upper Cape is tranquil and low-key. Watch the boats glide through Cape Cod Canal or take the Shining Sea bikeway from Falmouth village to Woods Hole. If it’s beaches you’re after, Sandwich’s Sandy Neck has huge dunes and excellent bird-watching, but Falmouth’s Surf Drive is best for swimmers and Old Silver Beach is tops for sunset views.

    • Routes 3, 6, & 28

  3. Mid Cape Cod

    The Mid Cape tends to be congested, especially in the town of Hyannis. But the north shore can be peaceful, with amazing wildlife and stunning views, especially from Gray’s Beach in Yarmouth. Warmer water and sandy strands line the south side of Mid Cape, with especially good swimming in Harwich and Dennisport. There’s also excellent canoeing and kayaking on the Bass River.

    • Route 3, 6, & 28

  4. Outer Cape Cod

    Here you’ll find some of the area’s best beaches. The 40-mile (64-km) National Seashore offers great surfing at Coast Guard and Nauset Light, and the beaches of Marconi, Head of the Meadow, and Race Point all have dramatic dunes and great ocean swimming. The artist colonies of Wellfleet and Truro are worth a visit as is Provincetown, a fishing village turned gay resort.

  5. Martha’s Vineyard

    Ferries to the 100 sq mile- (160 sq km-) island stop at Vineyard Haven. From here it’s a short drive to old-fashioned Oak Bluffs with its gingerbread cottages and historic carousel. Venture south to Edgartown and the magnificent 19th-century homes of the rich whaling captains. The nearby 3-mile (4.8-km) Katama Beach is also a magnet for sun worshipers. On the southwest of the island, Menemsha remains a picturesque fishing village and Aquinnah’s cliffs offer dramatic hiking.

    • Routes 3 & 28 to Woods Hole

    ferry to Vineyard Haven

    • 1 508 477 8600

    Visitor information

    Martha’s Vineyard
  6. Nantucket Island

    Nantucket’s Whaling Museum tells the tale of the Quaker whalers who made Nantucket prosperous in the 19th century. The island has shed its Quaker past and now boasts trophy beach houses and million-dollar yachts. For sports, there’s kayaking, casting for striped bass from Surfside Beach, or cycling to the former fishing village of Sconset with its rose-covered clifftop cottages.

    • Routes 3 & 6 to Hyannis

    Ferry to Nantucket

    • 1 508 477 8600

    Visitor information

    • 48 Main St, Nantucket

    • 1 508 228 1700

  7. Ipswich

    Crane Beach in Ipswich is one of New England’s most scenic beaches, with more than 4 miles (6.5 km) of white sand, warm water, and outstanding bird-watching. Also on the Crane Estate, you can visit Castle Hill mansion and its lovely Italianate gardens.

    • Routes 95, 128, & 133, or 1A

    Visitor information:

  8. Newburyport

    In the 19th century, Newburyport was a prosperous seaport. The grand three-story mansions along the High Street present a virtual case study in Federal architecture, while boutiques and antiques shops line downtown Merrimac, Water, and State streets. The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on the adjacent Plum Island is one of the US’s top bird-watching sanctuaries.

    • Route I-95 & 1

    Visitor information

    • 38R Merrimac St

    • 1 978 462 6680

  9. Revere Beach

    Established in 1896, Revere Beach was the first public beach in the US. Thanks to a centennial restoration, it’s also one of the best, with nearly 3 miles (4.5 km) of clean white sand and clear blue water.

    • Routes 1 & 1A

    • “T” station: Revere Beach/Wonderland

  10. Hampton & Rye Beaches

    The New Hampshire coast just south of Portsmouth has extensive sandy beaches. Wallis Sands State Park is ideal for swimming but the best of the rocky overlooks is Rye’s Ragged Point picnic area. The honky-tonk social scene, however, is at Hampton Beach. Odiorne Point State Park in Rye has picnic areas and walking trails.

    • Routes I-95, NH 101, & 1A

    Visitor information

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