Anyone who has ever been lucky enough to see it or set foot on it agrees–the Cape Cod National Seashore is a national treasure. Visiting it is the number-one ranked activity on TripAdvisor’s list of things to do on Cape Cod. Americans are fortunate that John F. Kennedy had the foresight in 1961 to declare 43,607 acres of Atlantic-facing beaches, ponds, marshes and woods on the Outer Cape a national park, sparing it the fate of Myrtle Beach, Atlantic City and other east coast resort areas that eventually became lined by soulless apartment towers and amusement parks. The Cape Cod National Seashore runs 40 miles from Eastham north to Provincetown. Both the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham, which is open year round, and the Province Lands Visitor Center, open seasonally, have helpful info about what to see and do. (Photograph: Wellfleet National Seashore Homeowners’ Association)
You’ll find a helpful overview about all areas of the Cape, including the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, on CapeCodChamber.org and its companion site CapeCodTravelGuide.com. Together they are a great resource for information about activities, including biking, hiking, whale watching, golf, arts and cultural pursuits and the Cape Cod Baseball League.