The Old King's Highway ,or as it is most commonly known,Route 6A This scenic stretch of historic highway, once an Indian Trail, is brimming with art galleries, dining establishments, distinctive accommodations and, of course, antiques, boutiques and gift shops to captivate even the most discriminating shopper. Designated as one of the longest spans of historic highway in the country, Olde King's Highway echoes a time when sea captains sailed home to awaiting families; and artisans, eager to sell their wares, lined the avenue. Today, Rte. 6A offers access to some of the Cape's finest fishing whether you're seeking tuna, bluefish or some of the many smaller species indigenous to the area. And for the non-participant looking for a different experience, travel to Barnstable Harbor or Provincetown for the excitement of a Whalewatch cruise.An enchanting stretch of highway no matter what the season, once you've traveled its winding path, Olde King's Highway is sure to leave you with pleasant memories of the charm and distinction of days long since past. The sea played an important role in the development of Cape Cod. From the seaports landed Britons who were our first settlers. Our residents and our anchorages played an important role in shipping in the 18th and 19th century.


Rightfully proud of their past, the people of Cape Cod work hard to preserve their unique heritage. The Old King's Highway District has always charmed visitors with its pristine beaches and storybook sunsets. Among the first to be impressed was perhaps the explorer Bartholomew Gosnold, who in 1602 named this sandy peninsula of Massachusetts because cod was so plentiful. Stretching from Cape Cod Bay Canal to Nauset Beach on the east the district retains the charm and quaintness of early a New England coastal community while accommodating contemporary lifestyles.