Exploring the Towns in Cape Cod

cape cod townsThe summer capital of the nation, Cape Cod draws millions of tourists to its shores every year because of its stunning beaches and quaint towns. Whatever outdoor activity you want to do on land or on water is available such as biking, kayaking, golfing, whale-watching, and fishing, to name a few. Another interesting fact to learn about Cape Cod is its shape – it’s like a crooked arm making a fist. Cape Cod is also subdivided into four regions: Upper Cape, Mid-Cape, Lower Cape, and Outer Cape.

Upper Cape

The Upper Cape is where you’ll find the oldest and most historic town in Cape Cod, Sandwich, located right on the “shoulder”. For a nature walk, try the 1,350-foot Boardwalk that crosses marshland and leads to Town Neck Beach. On Main Street are buildings of antiquity such as the First Church of Christ the Hoxie House, and the Dexter Grist Mill on Shawme Pond.

Other towns in the Upper Cape are Bourne, Pocasset, and Falmouth, known for its boutique-lined main street. The fishing town of Woods Hole is also an inviting place to see.


In the middle of the peninsula is Cape Cod’s big city of Hyannis, where you can catch a ferry to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard. The affluent villages of Osterville, Barnstable Village (largest on the Cape), Dennis, and tourist-friendly Yarmouth are part of the Mid-Cape.

Yarmouthport is where you’ll find the 1680 Thatcher House and 1780 Winslow Crocker House sitting next to each other. Across the street is the circa-1740 Captain Bangs Hallet House, and nearby is the 1873 Kelly Chapel.

Lower Cape

Running from the elbow of the arm to the crook is the Lower Cape, where you’ll find the famous town of Chatham. Tourists love to visit its busy downtown, the Chatham lighthouse, the observation deck on the harbor, and the Fisherman’s Monument. Stay at the Chatham Gables Inn, a historic bed and breakfast for a relaxed setting situated just minutes to the National Seashore. Other Lower Cape villages are Brewster, known as the Sea Captains’ Town, Harwichport, and Orleans.

Outer Cape

The town of Eastham may not have a town center but it does have lots of walking trails, bike trails, and beaches. That’s why it’s been known as the gateway to Cape Cod’s National Seashore. Check out the Coast Guard Beach, Nauset Lighthouse Beach, and First Encounter Beach, where the Pilgrims and the Nauset Indians first met in 1620. Stay at the Whalewalk Inn and Spa, where all rooms are decorated with antiques.

Art-driven Wellfleet and waterfront Truro are also part of Outer Cape, as well as Provincetown. P-town is known for its gay community, artists, fishermen, and whale-watchers.

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