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When You Go to Outer Cape Cod

When You Go to Outer Cape Cod
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Salt Pond Visitor Center
Views of the Atlantic, Salt Pond, and Nauset Marsh. Assorted trails, films, outdoor programs, and ranger-guided activities, including seal searches and flower identification. “Self-Guiding Trails” brochure details 11 year-round walks in Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown. 508-255-3421; nps.gov/caco

WELLFLEET

Great Island Trail
Spectacular views highlight this “most difficult” of the Cape Cod National Seashore trails. Sandy 6 to 8 miles round trip; check tide tables, as sections are submerged during high tide. nps.gov/caco

Herridge Books
Crammed with enough used paperbacks to inspire dreams of summer vacation. 508-349-1323

Marconi Beach
Long, narrow, dune-dominated strand. nps.gov/caco

TRURO

Pilgrim Spring Trail
Lovely, varied three-quarter-mile loop (30 minutes) in North Truro; a marker commemorates the Pilgrims’ first drink of fresh water in the New World. nps.gov/caco

PROVINCETOWN

Art’s Dune Tours
Crazy beautiful, deserted, with haunting vistas over rolling dunes. 508-487-1950; artsdunetours.com

Beech Forest Trail
Like a stroll through a nature documentary, with abundant wildlife and pretty scenery. nps.gov/caco

Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa
A private world with elegant suites, interior courtyard, koi stream, and restaurant, at the foot of Pilgrim Monument. 508-487-6767; crownepointe.com

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch
Top-notch excursion with a knowledgeable guide. 508-240-3636; whalewatch.com

Herring Cove Beach
Gentle waters, wonderful sunsets, and good whale watching. nps.gov/caco

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