Special Places # 21

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod is a geographic cape extending into the Atlantic Ocean from the southeastern corner of mainland Massachusetts, in the northeastern United States. Its historic, maritime character and ample beaches attract heavy tourism during the summer months.

As defined by the Cape Cod Commission’s enabling legislation, Cape Cod is conterminous with Barnstable County, Massachusetts. It extends from Provincetown in the northeast to Woods Hole in the southwest, and is bordered by Plymouth to the northwest.

Since 1914, most of Cape Cod has been separated from the mainland by the Cape Cod Canal. The canal cuts 7 miles (11 km) roughly across the base of the peninsula, though small portions of the Cape Cod towns of Bourne and Sandwich lie on the mainland side of the canal. Two highway bridges cross the Cape Cod Canal: the Sagamore Bridge and the Bourne Bridge. In addition, the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge carries railway freight and provides limited passenger service onto the Cape. The Cape is divided into fifteen towns, several of which are in turn made up of multiple named villages.

LocationMassachusetts, United States
Coordinates 41°41′N 70°12′W
Offshore water bodiesCape Cod Bay Buzzards Bay Cape Cod Canal Nantucket Sound
Elevation306 ft (93 m)
Area339 sq mi (880 km2)

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12 thoughts on “Special Places # 21

    • These are old towns that still keep the ‘flavor’ of Colonial times. Apart from being scenic and beautiful natural places, they were fishing towns like many near the ocean. Now, these towns are visited by many tourists yearly. Fishing is not a great industry but a great provider for the restaurants and eateries of the area. Beautiful place if you ask me. Thanks, D. 🙂

    • I’m sure that you’d like it very much. The towns are filled with excellent restaurants, Art Museums, Boutiques and a thousand other things to do. Day and night. Thank you very much, Susan. 🙂

    • Cape Cod is pretty old but beautiful. If you were referring to the coloration of the images, It was shot with an old film camera. Thank you very much, Chris. 🙂

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