Although Cape Cod feels like an island, it is actually a 105km-long (65 miles) peninsula with 15 small towns, numerous villages and around 960km (600 miles) of distinctive, beautiful sandy coastline. The gateway town, Sandwich, is also the Cape's oldest, founded in 1637. Route 6A, better known as the Old King's Highway, forms the spine of the peninsula taking in many historic settlements on its way up to New Beach.
Just before New Beach is Provincetown, long renowned as an artistic colony and known also as the gay centre of New England. Falmouth in the southeast has a classic village green, white church and 19th-century houses. On the south side is Hyannis, famous among other things for being a home of the Kennedy family, and where you will find the JFK Memorial & Museum. Wellfleet, halfway up the western coastline, is popular for its oysters and for being bypassed by the commercial world.
A day trip to the Cape will not seem long enough once you have begun to take in the atmosphere and realised that there are still two real islands to explore, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.
For further information, visit Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, 5 Shoot Flying Hill Road, Centerville.