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Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod, MA | Official website
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Ralph Tiner/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region
  • Type: Beaches, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 3.0 (3.0)
Food Scene: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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In 1961, summer native President John F. Kennedy designated the east shore of the Lower Cape -- the east side of the "arm" -- a national park. Today, the 40-mile stretch of coast is recognized as having some of the best beaches on Cape Cod, including Nauset Beach in Eastham, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet and Race Point and Herring Cove beaches in Provincetown.

Beyond the shores, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails for you to explore, and two helpful visitor centers that are worth a pit stop. As one TripAdvisor user writes of the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham: "In addition to the free museum, they provide short 10-15 minute films throughout the day in the theatre. We watched several before heading outside to take in the beauty of Cape Cod."

The Cape Cod National Seashore is open year-round. Official parking lots are open from 6 a.m. to midnight with daily parking stickers costing about $15 a day. The Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year-round, but the Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown has shorter, seasonal hours. Check out the National Park Service's website for more information on permits, parking fees and special events. 

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