Take an RV Excursion through Cape Cod

This is the perfect time of year to take an RV trip through Cape Cod. The sea breezes are still relatively mild, the sands are warm and the crowds are beginning to thin. Take Route 6A along the Cape and enjoy the lovely landscapes, see some history and perhaps get your feet wet in Nantucket Sound or Cape Cod Bay.

Old Harbor Life Saving Station on Cape Cod.

Old Harbor Life Saving Station on Cape Cod.

Starting out in Sandwich, you will be embarking on a real adventure. Surrounded by hiking and biking trails, lovely fresh water ponds and sea, Sandwich is an ideal stop for some exploration. You will even find a golf course if you want to play a round. And you can do some whale watching or simply browse the town’s interesting shops.

Barnstable consists of a number of villages, and all are absolutely charming. There are lots of nooks and crannies to investigate, and you shouldn’t miss Centerville and Osterville for some quaint sights. While here visit the Coast Guard Heritage Museum, a former U.S. Custom House. Seeing a working blacksmith shop is a real bonus. And you should check out the oldest wooden jail in America.

Hyannis, Mass. is one of the villages of Barnstable and the largest. It is considered the hub of Cape Cod and is known internationally. This is the spot to pick up gifts for friends as it has some really unique shopping opportunities. Island ferries will take you on more adventures. Don’t miss the John F. Kennedy Museum for a look into history. Amazing photos of the Kennedy family are on display.

Yarmouth, MA will be your next stop. The Cape Cod National Seashore is waiting for you to do some beachcombing and see what small treasures you can find. The historic charm of this village will have you inspired and may even cause you to consider making your vacation longer. There is more than 350 years of history in this small location.

Next comes what may end up being your favorite beach stop, Dennis, Massachusetts. If it isn’t too cool, take a dip and fit in some time to watch for whales or other finny creatures off the shore. If you have brought a bicycle, now is your chance to take the Cape Cod Rail Trail which begins in Dennis. Ride for twenty-two miles through the many famous towns of Cape Cod.

Travel to Brewster and be sure to visit Nickerson State Park with its abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. An eight-mile bike path also connects to the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Swim, watch the birds, or hike throughout the 1900 acres. Then move on to the lovely town of Orleans, Massachusetts. The Atlantic and Cape Cod beaches are inviting, and the gorgeous views of the ocean will bring a peace and tranquility to your hectic days. If you are visiting in mid to late September, you may wish to take in some delightful film festivals while here.

Ready to turn back? We didn’t think so, but it is the end of this journey and you can enjoy the sights all over again as you head back to where you started. And you can always return again for more adventures in Cape Cod.

Picture credits: The picture of Old Harbor Life Saving Station is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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RV Camping to the Cape Cod National Seashore

Nauset Light, Near Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore

Nauset Light, Near Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore

If you don’t plan another RV camping trip this year, treat yourself to the splendor of the Cape Cod National Seashore. More than 40,000 acres of shoreline, inland attractions and historic sites are encompassed in this ecologically diverse marvel. Find out for yourself why the National Park Service has preserved the windswept beauty of Cape Cod for the past fifty years. Once you do, you’ll yearn to return to Cape Cod!

Just in case you’re geographically challenged, the Cape Cod National Seashore is located along Massachusetts’ Atlantic Coast. Roughly two hours’ drive from Boston to the farthest point out on the Cape, traveling to the National Seashore by RV is easy.

Once you’ve arrived on the Cape, your next move should be to visit one of the NPS Visitor Centers. The largest is Salt Pond, a well-planned center with enough information available to plan your entire visit to Cape Cod. You’ll also find useful information, as well as stunning views of dunes, beaches and an historic lifesaving station, at Province Lands Visitor Center.

With information in hand, you may then choose to hike or bike one of the many scenic trails within the National Seashore boundaries. Winding through swamp, forest and seashore, these trails will give you a taste of the diverse ecosystems thriving within this National Seashore.

And don’t forget the beaches! The Atlantic Ocean can be a unique experience for travelers used to sunny California beaches. Experience both rugged and easily accessible beaches, and be sure to listen to local legends of shipwrecks, ghostly visitors and epic storms.

We’ve only touched on a few of the abundant outdoor activities to experience on your RV camping sojourn at Cape Cod National Seashore. Bird watching, wildlife photography, and whale watching excursions are all readily available at this popular tourist destination.

You’ll also be thrilled by the picturesque seaside villages and the fascinating history of the Cape. Take time for a festive seaside clambake offered by area concessionaires or treat yourself to dozens of other local seafood specialties. With the money you’ve saved by RV camping, you can visit famous area restaurants such as Bishop’s Terrace in West Harwich, MA and The Daniel Webster Inn in Sandwich.

It’s time, though, that we talked about where to set up camp while you’re there. Although RV camping isn’t allowed within National Park Service boundaries, there are abundant RV camping venues throughout the region. Here’s a comprehensive listing of Cape Cod RV campgrounds. We’d like to highlight Dune’s Edge Campground, within walking distance of all the Provincetown attractions, as well as Sweetwater Forest Campground on Snow’s Pond.

Start planning your RV camping trip to Cape Cod National Seashore now, so you can reserve the campsites you desire. This is one vacation that, with a little planning, can be even better than you imagined!

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