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Designation: Massachusetts State Scenic Byway
Length, One-Way: 34 Miles (56.67 Kilometers)

General Information

Description - Travelers on Old King's Highway, Route 6A can see hundreds of historic sites. These range from sea captain houses, to pilgrim churches, to other historic buildings. Other points of interest include cranberry bogs, salt marshes, and preserved farmlands. The local citizens have made great efforts to ensure that this area is clean and well preserved. Visitors will find many newly painted houses and yards with flowers and professional landscaping.

The present day Byway was once an Indian trade route, traveled on for thousands of years. When the pilgrims arrived, they used it for their carts and wagons, which widened the path. With the emergence of cars in the early 19 hundreds, the trail changed again and is now accommodated for motorized vehicles.

Attractions - The Old King`s Highway (Route 6A) is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Recreation - This Byway is also well suited for bicyclists. It often follows along the coast and passes through seven Cape towns. Come here to drive, bike, or walk one of the largest historic districts in the nation.

Climate - Massachusetts experiences four distinct seasons with slightly varying temperatures in the inland and coastal regions. Along the coast the water is a moderating factor that often prevents large amounts of snowfall from accumulating through the winter. Summer temperatures are usually cooler than low lying inland areas, due to ocean breezes. This region of the country experiences high humidity in the summer season and temperatures that average close to 80 degrees F. Fall and Spring are pleasant times to visit the region with crisp air and low humidity. Brilliant foliage colors can be found in the central and western regions of the state in late September and October. Winter temperatures can be brutally cold on occasion with a humidity-filled wind, but on average winter daytime temperatures reach 35 degrees F and lows reach into the teens. Spring is usually the wettest time of year, but trees, bushes and flowers are blooming by early May.

Location - This byway is located on Cape Cod in eastern Massachusetts, running East-West from Orleans to Sandwich.
It is 34 miles (54.72 km) long.

Directions from : This byway follows State Highway 6A on Cape Cod.

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Additional Information:
Massachusetts Scenic Byways - Described here are two of Massachusetts state designated scenic byways: Jacobs Ladder Trail and Old King's Highway.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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