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Route 6A (The Old King's Highway)

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Address: Sandwich, MA

Route 6A, which is on the northern, or bay side, of Cape Cod, winds its way...

Route 6A, which is on the northern, or bay side, of Cape Cod, winds its way through some of the oldest villages in America, including Bourne, Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster and Orleans. Many of the homes and churches along this tree-shaded road are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.If you are interested in seeing what Cape Cod looked like before tourists discovered it, and want to visit some of the best quaint, little shops in New England, Route 6A is the place to be.

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great ride

beautiful to drive, many shops along the way, nice way to see the cape. Nice restaurant for breakfast lunch or dinner. Many charming town to visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wareham, Massachusetts
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Wareham, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful to drive, many shops along the way, nice way to see the cape. Nice restaurant for breakfast lunch or dinner. Many charming town to visit.

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Cape Cod
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can drive route 6A all the way from the canal in Sandwich to the Orleans rotary and from there get back onto it in Truro on into Provincetown. This a leisurely drive with many side trips along the way into harbors, beaches, parks, villages on Cape Cod Bay.

Thank Cest-Si-Bon
New Hampshire
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love taking 6A when visiting the Cape, always beautiful houses, beaches, and landscapes to see. It can get backed up when someone makes a left hand turn and there is oncoming traffic!

Thank midnightdream88
Burlington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

If you want to go to Cape Cid and have time, use the Route 6A. It is a single lane but a beautiful landscape! It is call King"s Route because several houses are preserved as they were 2 centuries ago! And the ocean makes all difference in the air! Good restaurants, antiquities stores and a peaceful way if you choose... More 

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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I have driven on 6A and every time I do I see something different. It is such a great road to go slow on!!! No commercial signs are allowed.

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80 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

I don't get it. After reading about how wonderful this road was to travel with all the shops, houses etc. we drove it. It is nothing but cheap places to eat and shop. Very disappointed!!

Thank molokinirum
West Barnstable, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

Starting out at the Sagamore bridge and ending up at the Orleans Rotary, is a nice drive with many sites, antique shops, farms and etc. Get a sense of how it was years ago. Much better but slower drive than Rte 6, (mid-cape highway)

Thank Sean M
Sandwich, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Although we live here, our favorite weekend trip starts at Sandwich antiques center and then we head east on 6A, stopping at every antique shop that catches our eye along the way. If we leave early enough, we make it to chatham by the end of the day and stay at the first hotel with Vacancy after a nice dinner.... More 

Thank B8898GPdavidm
Reading, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

After visiting the wonderful Sandwich Glass Museum my wife and I drove the length of historic Rt 6A from Sandwich to Orleans. A nice ride with plenty to see along the way. Plan on taking a day to do the drive because of all the stops you will have exploring the shops and taking the side roads down to the... More 

Thank JEM02882
Fairfield, Connecticut
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Reviewed 5 December 2016

Long scenic route worth the ride because there are lots of shops with places to eat along the way and many places to stop and see the water.

Thank leannquinn

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