Must sees on a visit to Cape Cod (preferably ones that won't be swamped by tourists)
In the summer, there will be tourists. Period. But crowds are less of an issue at my favorite spot to spend a day on the beach on the Cape: Chatham. The town is cute in a quaint-have-tea-with-grandma way. (None of the flamboyance of Provincetown or the suburban/tourist mess that's closer to the mainland.) It simply and perfectly matched my idea of what a New England seaside town should be. And the beach is great. There's a lighthouse, gulls and the full expanse of the Atlantic stretching out beyond the sandbars.
Well we all know the place to AVOID would be Hyannis, but that wasn't your question, now was it?! hah.
This is a very hard question because tourists are everywhere, but
Harwich is really pretty and old Cape Cod-y, with a beautiful historic library and towne center. A pretty place.
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Race Point in Provincetown (incredible beach), Monomoy Island off of Chatham, and Chatham Center rank amongst my personal favorites. Like everyone else said, there are going to be tourists no matter what, unless you visit after Labor Day. After Columbus Day, the tourists almost completely vanish.
If you want to stay away from touristy areas, then avoid Route 28 in Dennis, Hyannis, Harwich, and Yarmouth. A more authentic Cape experience can be found on Route 6A. Route 6 between Orleans and Provincetown is also very scenic at parts.
They will be swamped by tourists! It's what we do! There are only about 200,000 locals on the whole island, but in season there may be a million or more people on the narrow 65 mile long stretch from Bourne to P-town. In winter, there are about 2,000 peoplel in Provincetown, in summer there are 50,000 and on a rainy day there might be another 50,000 who come just to gawk at the Cape's most colorful town.
In Dennis, where the year round population is 15,000 - there are 70,000 in season. That said, I will give you a place that will take you back 400 years...back to before the Pilgrims landed on Cape Cod (not Plymouth). It is Scargo Lake, created by the magic of the Nobscusset indians. Visit there in prose by following the link to the hub...http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Legend-of-Princess-Scargo-Might-Just-be-TRUE
For me, the must see is a Cape Cod Baseball League game. The CCBL is loaded with Major League Baseball prospects, the games are played in cozy fields all over the Cape and its free. Vactioning families and local attend both day games and night games and the crowds are manageable.
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