Seeing Cape Cod and Nantucket in 4 Days

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Leisure Group Travel’s associate editor, fresh from a trip to Massachusetts’ Cape Cod region, provides group tour planners with itinerary ideas and a taste of what to expect.

I brought my mom along for her belated birthday present, but my main priority was looking out for readers of LGT. I worked closely with the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce to seek out the best activities and accommodations for groups. Over the course of a long weekend, we made our way down from Boston Logan Airport, ferried to and from the island of Nantucket and drove up the Cape to the tip-top of the “arm.” (If you look at a map of Cape Cod, it looks like a flexed arm. In fact, locals often use their own arms as makeshift maps.) Here’s how we pulled off a Cape Cod trip—suited for groups—in four days.

Whaling Museum

Whaling Museum

Day One: Where Did Our Nation Come From?

From Boston we drove about an hour south to Plymouth, the home of Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum recreating the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony, established in the 17th century by English colonists. On Plymouth Harbor, board Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the tall ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth in 1620. Costumed role-players tell stories of their perilous journey across the Atlantic while modern guides recount the history of Mayflower and Mayflower II. Take a short stroll from Mayflower II to the Plimoth Grist Mill, which tells the story of the grist (corn-grinding) mill built by the Pilgrims.

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