Welcome to Cape Cod

Cape Cod is a long peninsula in the US state of Massachusetts which is one America's most popular tourist destinations. It is known for museums, historic villages, a fishing legacy, and natural sites.

This travel guide will go through everything you need to know before traveling to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Sit back and enjoy.

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Top attractions

Cape Cod National Seashore

The Cape Cod National Seashore is a historic coastline along the Cape Cod Peninsular.

Marconi Wirless Station - Cape Cod National Seashore by Jouni Välkki on 500px.com

Pilgrim Monument

The Pilgrim Monument is a famous monument and historic site in Cape Cod.

Pilgrim monument by Massimo Lama on 500px.com

Race Point Lighthouse

The Race Point Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse in Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Lighthouse by Dmitry Vinogradov on 500px.com

Nauset Lighthouse

Nauset Lighthouse is a 19th century lighthouse and local tourist attraction in Cape Cod.

Lighthouse by Dmitry Vinogradov on 500px.com

Weather and Climate

Cape Cod has a typical continental Northeastern climate and experiences all four seasons.

Question: What is the ideal time to visit Cape Cod?

Answer: The best time to visit Cape Cod is between May and October.

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History

The first time an attempted European settlement was made at Cape Cod was in the 17th century, when Pilgrims fleeing England considered settling in the Cape Cod area. However, the Pilgrims eventually decided that the land was too sandy for permanent settlement and so the Pilgrims instead settled Plymouth. As the Plymouth settlement expanded, some parts of present-day Cape Cod were settled by the Pilgrims. Many fishermen also moved to Cape Cod, and the town became one of the primary fishing hubs in America. As Cape Cod grew, the area became deforested, and the wood of the trees was used to build homes. The Native American people native to the Cape Cod area are the Wampanoag, who passed some traditions and practices to the European settlers. Whaling was also a major industry in Cape Cod, during this time, and throughout New England. However, the whaling industry declined in the mid-18th century. In 1848, the first rail service was established between Cape Cod and Boston, and the Cape Cod Canal was constructed in 1914. The canal was poorly built and was reconstructed by the federal government in 1928. Three bridges and major infrastructure projects were built in Cape Cod in the 1930s, as part of the New Deal. The new infrastructure also increased tourism to the area. In the 1950s, the Mid Cape Highway was built during the presidency of John F. Kennedy. Tourism continues to be the primary industry in Cape Cod to this day.

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