Subject: Cape Cod
If I had only one day to explore the Cape, I would leave the hustle and bustle of Wood's Hole/Falmouth/Hyannis area and head out to the Outer Cape which begins on Route 6 in Orleans at the rotary/roundabout. Head north into Eastham and detour right to Fort Hill for the overlook of the Nauset estuary. Talk a short walk down to the salt marsh. Proceed north on Route 6 to the National Seashore Headquarters at the Salt Pond Visitor Center. Be sure to walk out the back to the salt pond for one of the prettiest views on the Cape. It is an artist's paradise. There are several walking/biking trails there, the best one being 2.0 miles through the forest, over a long wooden bridge on the salt marsh to Coast Guard Beach. The Visitor Center is very well done, with a small museum, and brief movies every 30 minutes explaining some history of the Cape. As you proceed north from Eastham into Wellfleet be sure to visit the Massachusetts Audubon Center which is on prime land on the Cape Cod Bay side of the Outer Cape. Its website is:

The Wellfleet center and bay area is charming with a small village feel. Perfect spot for an ice cream.

Proceed north into Provincetown and drive/walk down Commercial Street. It is a unique experience. I would recommend the Lobster Pot for seafood or Napi's for eclectic. Service is quick and basic, but the food is very good and the prices reasonable. Remember if you only have one day to explore, you don't want to spend a lot of time sitting in a restaurant when the beautiful Cape is outside your door. Take a dune tour with Art's Dunes Tours or a least drive out to Race Point Beach, or Herring Cove,the tip of the Cape.

Unfortunately you will be at the Cape at the busiest, most crowded time of the year. But it is a very special place. Enjoy.

Paul in Eastham, Massachusetts