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  • $5 for in-state vehicle; $10 for out-of-state vehicle
  • Dawn-dusk daily

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  • Recreation, Sightseeing Type
  • Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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Popular with bikers, rollerbladers and horseback riders, this 22-mile paved trail is a breezy ride through the Lower Cape's diverse ecosystems. Previously known as the Old Colony Railroad corridor, the Cape Cod Rail Trail is considered one of the best bike trails in New England. 

Many outdoor enthusiasts highlight the trail as one of the best ways to experience the natural attractions across the Cape. They also praise how well-marked and clean the trail is, and report that it's mostly flat and easy to navigate. Some of the Cape's best beaches and ponds are scattered throughout the area, especially in Orleans and Wellfleet. Unique snack shacks and lunch spots are perfect pit stops when your stomach starts to grumble. And don't forget to explore the area's smaller villages for a taste of the Old Cape.

The trailheads – open dawn to dusk– are situated in Dennis and Wellfleet, with a Harwich-Chatham spur that brings you to Chatham Center. There is a $10 vehicle fee to park in Dennis or Wellfleet if you have out-of-state license plates ($5 for Massachusetts vehicles), but there's plenty of free parking along the way if you want to jump on in the middle – Orleans Center makes a great starting point. For a trail map and other information, check out the Massachusetts government website. For recommendations on bike rentals, check out our Getting Around guide.

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#1 Cape Cod Rail Trail Popular with bikers, rollerbladers and horseback riders, this 22-mile paved trail is a breezy ride through the Lower Cape's diverse ecosystems. Previously known as the Old Colony Railroad corridor ... Read more » Courtney Rose Photography / Cape Cod Chamber

#2 Wellfleet Drive-In With a mini-golf course nearby and a playground set up in front of the screen, the Wellfleet Drive-In is perfect for families looking for a break from the beach. Double ... Read more » Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

#3 Cape Cod National Seashore In 1961, summer native President John F. Kennedy designated the east shore of the Outer Cape a national park. Today, the 40-mile stretch of coast is recognized as having some ... Read more » Ronald Wilson Photography / Getty Images

#4 Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge With more than 7,600 acres of protected dunes, salt and freshwater marshes and a decommissioned lighthouse, the gorgeous Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge will make you feel like a trailblazer. But ... Read more » Zachary Cava / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region

#5 Heritage Museums & Gardens Sandwich's Heritage Museums & Gardens appeal to travelers of all ages and interests. Car fanatics will drool over the Josiah K. Lilly III Antique Automobile Collection, a living timeline ... Read more » Courtesy Heritage Museums & Gardens

#6 Sandwich Glass Museum The old Boston & Sandwich Glass Company facility – once the cornerstone of the glass-blowing, pressing and cutting industries – was preserved by Sandwich Historical Society at the turn of the century ... Read more » Greta Georgieva / Cape Cod Chamber

#7 Pilgrim Monument Towering over the quaint Provincetown skyline, the Pilgrim Monument – modeled after the Torre del Mangia in Siena, Italy – is a must-see for history-loving travelers. The 252-foot-high tower is the tallest ... Read more » Maremagnum / Getty Images

#8 Edward Gorey House Edward Gorey's name might not ring a bell immediately, but his drawings sure will. His more recognizable works include the macabre alphabet in "The Gashlycrumb Tinies" and the illustrated ... Read more » John Phelan / Wikimedia Commons

#9 Cape Playhouse With more than 90 seasons under its belt, the Cape Playhouse is the country's oldest professional summer theater. Complete with the original – and somewhat uncomfortable – pews serving as the ... Read more » Kathleen A. Fahle / Cape Playhouse

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# John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Read more » William DeSousa-Mauk / Cape Cod Chamber

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