Destination Countryside: Cape Cod, USA

Destination Countryside: Cape Cod, USA

Cape Cod, a hook-shaped peninsula in the state of Massachusetts, is a popular summertime destination. It’s the site of quaint villages, seafood shacks, lighthouses, ponds and bay and ocean beaches. In the large town of Hyannis, the John F. Kennedy Museum is the first stop on the Kennedy Legacy Trail through downtown, where ferries depart to the resort islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

Visitors to Cape Cod come for many reasons, be they sunning on the beach, shopping in the town center’s, antiquing, or grabbing a lobster dinner. However, there is another, far less crowded side to Cape Cod. All along the peninsula people can find quiet paths through the woods, filled with resplendent scents of nature and all sorts of animals.

Several animals to look for while on the walks are deer, rabbits, and foxes (although the latter is more common at night). There are also plenty of birds for the more ornithological person, from hawks and falcons to crows, blackbirds, and sparrows, as well as the common seagull.

Top Tourist Activities:

  • Cape Cod National Seashore – Miles of dune beaches, marshes & paths.
  • Pilgrim Monument – Tall landmark with sweeping views.
  • Highland Light – Historic nautical artifacts in old hotel.
  • Nickerson State Park – Spacious campground, ponds & trails.
  • Cape Cod Rail Trail – a 22-mile paved rail trail located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The trail route passes through the towns of Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, and Wellfleet.
  • Heritage Museums and Gardens – Diverse collections, landscapes & a cafe. Expansive landscaped rhododendron gardens & 3 galleries housing diverse collections.
  • Cape Cod Canal – canal and fishing. The Cape Cod Canal is an artificial waterway in the state of Massachusetts connection Cape Cod Bay in the north to the Buzzards Bay in the south, and is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.