The Old King’s Highway, otherwise known as scenic Route 6A, winds 34 miles though the villages of Bourne, Sandwich, West Barnstable, Barnstable, Yarmouthport, Dennis, Brewster, and Orleans, roughly paralleling the coastline of Cape Cod Bay. At the heart of the Old King’s Highway Regional Historic District, America’s largest designated historic corridor, Route 6A is recognized as one of the ten most scenic byways in America. Along the way, the road passes a number of historic Cape Cod inns and famous watering holes.
Strong preservation efforts have resulted in the protection of open lands and historic structures throughout the corridor. Conservation lands in many towns along the way offer nature trails, and a few villages have developed walking tours. In addition, you’ll find a number of wonderful museums, including the Natural History Museum, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Edward Gorey Museum, the Sandwich Glass Museum, and Heritage Museum and Gardens, with an antique car museum housed in an historic round barn plus a restored, and fully-functioning, carousel.
Driving the Old King’s Highway you’ll be transported through centuries of Cape Cod history, passing scenic harbors, great salt marshes, unique galleries, and the distinctive
architecture of treasured old sea captain’s homes. Lining the route are numerous antique stores, unique shops featuring handcrafted items, whimsical little places to purchase Christmas collectibles, along with an herbal apothecary and a hand-weaving shop. And here-and-there you’ll find quirky general store or two, an even quirkier bookshop, and plenty of great spots to quench your thirst or sate your appetite.
No matter what the season, driving scenic Route 6A is a must-do for first time visitors to Cape Cod.
Cape Cod Rail Trail Bicycle Trail
French Cable Station Museum
Jonathan Young Windmill
Shawme Crowell State Forest
Sandwich Glass Museum
Dexter’s Grist Mill
Thornton Burgess Museum
Wing Fort House
Green Briar Nature Center
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