For Volume 3 of Great American Road Trips and Cars, we focus on a trip that is shorter in distance, but not less in awesome site seeing, good eats, people-watching opportunities, and a boatload of car bonding potential.
Boston to Cape Cod, Massachusetts
If you want to do Boston to Cape Cod, you better buckle up and get yourself a buggy that can withstand some hazardous road conditions and off-roading (think: Sand Dunes in Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown on Cape Cod). We just figured we’d get that out of the way up front. If you’re going to go rugged, go for a Land Rover or Jeep. If you want to luxury-it-up, you simply have to do the Infiniti QX80 SUV – its hydraulic body motion control (HBMC) system will render all striated roads in construction areas to pockmarked narrow lanes to unpaved and unpaved sandy terrain nearly undetectable. Best to leave the QX80 off the beach, however. That’s a job for the Jeep or the recommended off-road 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport.
In Boston: Get oysters, chowder (chowdah’) and Atlantic lobster (lobstah’) so fresh, it practically crawls from the ocean onto your plate. Recommended: Union Oyster House, Boston’s oldest restaurant. Actually, Boston is a super small city, so you want to pahk the cah in Harvahd Yahd and do a little leg stretching as you site-see. Explore the deep history of the city on the Paul Revere tour (can’t miss it, just follow the red brick path as part of the Freedom Trail) and learn about the Boston Tea Party and various massacres! And just what was Samuel Adams’ role in all of this? Spoiler alert: Find out when you tour this city full of history and surprises!
When you’ve had enough culture and intelligentsia, stop off at one of the clubs in the Fenway for some true local fun. Before you hit the car for the 60-minute drive to the Cape, make sure you’ve got plenty of good tunes for the road in your vehicular companion, whether you’ve taken us up on our recommended QX80 SUV, Land Rover or Jeep. You can’t lose if you choose one of the above.
Onward to Cape Cod
It’s just a skip down Route 3 to the beautiful peninsula of Cape Cod. Cross the Cape Cod Canal over the Bourne or Sagamore Bridge and get on Route 6A in Sandwich to begin taking in this little slice of history as you hit a leisurely pace. As the road curls and hugs the coast, roll the windows down to take in the salty marsh air. Stop and soak up the sun as you check out the local shops and stop in for icecream at each little village town’s obligatory ice cream, salt water taffy and fudge parlors.
As you snake your way along the coast on 6A, keep a steady pace and take in the beautiful homes and gardens as your backdrop, famous for intimate Bed and Breakfasts [to do Cape Cod proper you really should make this your experience for just one of your nights]. Once back on the road you’ll heed the marshes, cranberry bogs and dunes.
Once you get through upper (Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth and Mashpee) and mid-cape (Barnstable, Yarmouth and Dennis) towns, you’ll arrive at the lower cape towns that lead to the very tip of the peninsula (Eastham, Orleans, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown) where you can have the most fun off-roading on the dunes of select beaches. This area encompasses the entire strip of land facing the Atlantic, the Cape Cod National Seashore, running from Orleans to Provincetown. You can also take the ferry over to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard and bring your Land Rover, Jeep or QX80 with you on the ferry.
Sold? Great. The incentive is there, now let’s round it off with a test-drive of each of the perfectly matched vehicles listed in Volume 3 of Great American Road Trips and Cars.
- If you have decided on the jeep, just visit your local AutoNation Jeep Dealership today for a test drive.
- To get started with Land Rover, simply visit your local AutoNation-afilliated Land Rover Dealership today for a test drive.
- Or, you can choose Infiniti and get started when you visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Infiniti Dealership today for a test drive.