Driving Loop Adventure – Lower and Outer Cape

Turn left out of Long Dell Inn driveway. Turn left at the stoplight onto Main Street. Continue to the fork in the road. Take the right fork- Phinney’s Lane and continue all the way to scenic Rte. 6A (6 miles).

Millway Beach, Barnstable (nice view of Sandy Neck Point/Lighthouse):

Cross over 6A. Follow to end. Check out the view. Then head back to 6A. You will be making a left instead on a right as noted directly below.   Turn right onto 6A and explore all the sites, shops, artisan galleries, antique shops along the way; also Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Dennis).

Old English Weeping Beech Tree, Yarmouth:

About 3 miles down on the right you will pass the Old Yarmouth Inn (on left will be Parnassus Book Store). About 200 feet later, make right (before post office) towards Historical Society of Old Yarmouth. Follow the narrow road around and park at the end. Where the road ends, walk up the path towards museum (do not go towards nature paths and church). Old beech tree will be a couple hundred feet up on right. Go underneath the canopy. Treat this gem with respect.

Gray’s Beach, Yarmouth (Boardwalk across Salt Marsh):

Make a right onto 6A after leaving the Weeping Beech Tree. Approximately 1.3 miles down you will make a left onto Center Street. (If you miss Center Street, go up to blinking light and make left on to Old Church Street. Take to end, make right onto center Street). Follow Center Street and signs for beach. Park and walk towards boats. You will see boardwalk. Sunsets are great!

Chapin Beach (at low tide and sunset, this is amazing):

Make left onto 6A after leaving Gray’s Beach. Approximately 3.3 miles down you will make a left onto Nobscussett Road (Dennis Public Market on right). Then a quick left onto New Boston Road. Go .2 miles turn right onto Beech Street. Go .9 miles soft left on to Black Flats Road/Taunton Road. Continue straight stay on Taunton. Taunton turns left and becomes Dr Botero Road. Then turns into Chapin Beach road.

Scargo Tower, Dennis (High point Mid-Cape, nice view): TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Make left onto 6A after leaving Chapin Beach. Approximately .2 miles, make right on to Old Bass River Road. Go .2 miles, make soft left onto Scargo Hill Road. Go .6 miles, make left on to Dr Stanton Road (small sign for Scargo Tower). Go up the hill and park. Go to top of tower and enjoy the view.
6A will take you to Orleans. Stop for some refreshments at Hot Chocolate Sparrow (best chocolate/fudge/coffee/chocolate drinks on CC). Keep going on 6A to 2nd stoplight. Turn left and then take first left onto Old Colony and Sparrow will be on your left.

Church of Transfiguration: TEMPORARILY CLOSED

If you have an interest, check out the Church of Transfiguration at Rock Harbor in Orleans. Go to the gift shop and ask for a tour on the sanctuary. It’s free and very cook. The mosaics on the floor and above the alter are amazing.

Go back onto 6A (turn left onto 6A) and continue on to the Orleans rotary. Take Rte. 6 exit toward Eastham and Provincetown.

Fort Hill Rural Historic District:

About a mile north of the Orleans rotary on right is the turnoff . After exiting, stay right at small fork. Follow to end past Edward Penniman House (check this out as well). If parking lot is full, you passed a secondary parking lot on the way in. Beautiful lookout over the Nauset salt marshes. It’s also a designated wildlife observation area. They have a trail that takes about an hour or so to hike. Goes from one parking lot to the other.

Cape Cod National Seashore

Stop at Cape Cod National Seashore (about 3 miles past rotary on your right). Spend some time at Coast Guard and Nauset Light Beach. Visit the Nauset Lighthouse or just enjoy the waves! This lighthouse is the one on the Cape Cod Potato Chip packaging. Make sure you take a selfie holding a bag of Cape Cod Potato Chips.

As you exit the seashore area, turn right and continue on Rte. 6 for a mile and stop at Arnold’s Clam Shack for lunch. Famous for all things seafood (& great onion rings!). It’s a classic CC treat!

Provincetown

Continue on Rte. 6 to Provincetown – you may want to stop and see Marconi Station site on the way. Turn right at the Marconi Beach entrance and follow signs to Marconi Station Site. Be sure to climb the viewing platform at the Marconi Station Site to see both sides of Cape waters at the same time – quite a sight! Also, the remains of the Marconi transmitting station are here.

Return to Route 6 and continue to Provincetown. When arriving in Provincetown, make your way to the center of town and park on MacMillian Pier. Stop and explore the town, take a Whale Watch (3 hours), visit the art galleries, and climb the Pilgrim Monument for a fantastic view of the whole Cape. Lobster Pot restaurant is an institution, check it out. When the weather is good, a nice small informal place we like is The Canteen. Sit out back.

When you are ready to return, come back the way you came. When you get to the Orleans rotary, take the Route 28 exit and head toward Chatham.
As you come into Chatham, stay on Shore Road and drive past the grand houses, blue hydrangea bushes and wonderful views of the Atlantic. Stop by Chatham Fish Market for Lunch or to see seals. When fishing boats clean decks, seals wait for scraps to fall into water.

Stop at Chatham Bars Inn for a lemonade or a drink – elegant, seaside hotel from the 1920’s. Also, check out the Chatham Lighthouse and the view from the end of Shore Road.
Explore Main Street of Chatham – there are great shops and restaurants. You can try Chatham Squire (this classic Pub is your best bet if you don’t have reservations) or Impudent Oyster (great restaurant – but you do need a reservation).

When you’re done in Chatham, continue on Rte. 28 to Centerville -this is a tourist road with lots of fudge shops, souvenir shops, etc.
Or you can get back onto Rte. 6 if you want to get back quicker.

Don’t forget to stop at Four Seas at our stoplight corner for an end of adventure ice cream!