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A map of Massachusetts with route through Cape Cod indicated.

Cape Cod is a 65-mile long, sandy peninsula off eastern Massachusetts. Ranging from one to 20 miles wide, it boasts over 400 miles of ocean shoreline. This is a prized travel and vacation spot for RV’ers from across the country who love its charming small towns, salt air, extensive beaches, historic pilgrim settlements, art galleries, and opportunities for fine dining, antiquing, ocean fishing, and simple walks on the beach.

1) Plymouth

Starting Point

Myles Standish helped establish the Pilgrims’ early settlement. Today, there’s a state forest named in his honor. You’ll find 400 campsites, some facing water. Hike or bike many miles of trails, some even for horse riding. Enjoy lots of quiet forestland plus excellent swimming and fishing. While there, time-travel to the 17th century at Plimouth Plantation and see what life was like for the Pilgrims. Stroll a reconstructed English village and a Wampanoag home site; see the Plimouth Grist Mill, the Mayflower II, and more.

Visitors gather at memorial near a bay with boats moored.

Dee Browning

2) Barnstable

Drive 32 miles • 38 minutes

Never kayaked before? No problem. The crew at Great Marsh Kayak Tours gets you up to speed quickly on safety and paddling skills. Choose from several interesting tours – beginners love the 3-hour Tidal Tour. We searched for seals on the Nauset Marsh Tour. Chill out in this serene, natural habitat for birds like great blue herons, terns, snowy egrets, and mammals like deer, coyote, and fox. While in the area, visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial in nearby Hyannis. The world changed when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, so take the time to pay your respects to one of America’s most-respected leaders.

3) Eastham

Drive 25 miles • 31 minutes

The National Park Service manages 40 remarkable miles of Cape Cod National Seashore, a one-of-a-kind scenic area. Beachcomb endlessly, go hiking, paddling, visit lighthouses, cranberry bogs or take a tour with a Park Ranger. Hunt, fish and – surprisingly – you can drive on the beach (restrictions apply). Brought your bike? Traverse the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Developers turned these 25 miles of old railroad right-of-way into a beautifully paved, easy-to-pedal bike touring trail. It’s a great way to see the scenic countryside at your own pace.

A tranquil bay with large tower jutting out of the horizon.


4) Provincetown

Drive 23 miles • 34 minutes

RVing all the way to Provincetown? Make your first stop the Province Lands Visitor Center. Get a crash course in the region’s history and natural features. See 3-D models, artifacts, videos and more. And check out the 360-degree view of sand dunes, beach, ocean and landmarks like the Pilgrim Monument and more. While in town, check out the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. Construction began in 1907 with President Teddy Roosevelt laying the cornerstone. Today, millions have climbed the 252-foot monument… why not you? Learn much more history at the renowned Provincetown Museum.