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Route 6A (The Old King's Highway)

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Address: Sandwich, MA
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Route 6A, which is on the northern, or bay side, of Cape Cod, winds its way...

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 Bourne, Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster and Orleans. Many of the homes and churches along this tree-shaded road are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.If you are interested in seeing what Cape Cod looked like before tourists discovered it, and want to visit some of the best quaint, little shops in New England, Route 6A is the place to be.

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Best route on cape cod

This road is quieter and more enjoyable than taking the main road. It will take longer but worth it.

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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227 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This road is quieter and more enjoyable than taking the main road. It will take longer but worth it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

"still very much the jewel of Cape Cod, ..winding roads, allowing for a glimpse of a slower time, a must drive! This tree lined road gently curves through 5 villages, Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouthport, Dennis, Brewster & reconnects again, past the center of Orleans, with direct path on to Provincetown. Its approximately 63 miles long and offers a scenic drive, shops,restaurants,... More 

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice scenic drive. lots of pretty fall colors, quanit towns and houses. There was alot closed for season already so would recommend going before end of Oct when all seems to shut down!!!

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Thank Christy B
Sandwich, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

So many fun resteraunts, shops and galleries to stop at! We enjoyed taking just a full day to drive along and pop into shops and galleries with many picturesque spots to stop and hike or picnic at along the way! We had a great day and really enjoyed ourselves while getting a great feel for the surrounding area!

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Thank Lydia A
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I never tire of riding on 6A. I like to stop and take photos. The houses along it are very attractive. A photographer could spend a career in a twenty mile stretch of 6A

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Riverside, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Lots to see and do. Beautiful old houses. Great antique shops and Sandwich diners. Old historic houses and churches along the way. The Cape Cod dinner train whistles past every couple of hours.

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Thank Leesandro
Aberdeen, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

One of my favorite routes to travel on the Cape! We were there a few days before Columbus Day this year and the lack of color was a little disappointing, however, stopping at all the delightful little shops made it all worthwhile. When the colors are out in peak makes it a plus!

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Unlike the positives this journey is for the 'Sunday drivers' who haven't had enough of the local craft, art, grocery stalls, eateries you've seen elsewhere in New England.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This nis our road-of-choice when driving along the Cape. So many things to see and places to stop.. Lots of shops and places to eat. Easy, peaceful drive.

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Thank Tom B
Nanuet, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

We typically ONLY take 6A when traveling along the Cape. Although it takes longer and there are traffic lights along the way, the scenery makes it all worth while. It is the only way to see the little towns along the way and find quaint little shops and eateries off the main drags.

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