It may not be as popular of a road as, say, Route 66, or I-95. However, Route 6, which winds from the tip of Cape Cod all the way to California, has plenty of places worth pulling over for. Let’s take a look at some of the top stops on the eastern end of the road, in the great state of Massachusetts.
It’s not just the town on Cape Cod where Route 6 originates; it’s also a darn good time. Widely known across New England and the U.S. for its LGBT-friendly atmosphere and vibrant summer nightlife, P-Town (as it’s known to locals) offers great shopping and fresh seafood, thanks to its prime oceanfront location.
Heritage Museum & Gardens (Sandwich)
Combining the beauty of botanical gardens with the sophistication of an art museum, you’ll find the best of both worlds on the Heritage grounds. Permanent exhibitions include American Folk Art, Carousel, and Historic Automobile Galleries, and there are also temporary installments that feature the work of a particular artist. The garden and galleries are only open from April through mid-October.
Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum (Fall River)
Not for the faint of heart! The site of one of the most infamous Massachusetts murders, the Borden family house now draws brave visitors who are willing to spend the night in a truly haunted house. Of course, if you’re too spooked to commit to a whole evening, you can always opt for a tour before the sun goes down. They’re offered seven days a week, 363 days a year.
Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford)
Take a walk on the wild side … or just say hello to some furry friends at the Buttonwood Park Zoo. In addition to all of the classic farm animals, the zoo is home to a variety of creatures, including black bears, bison, seals, otters, and all sorts of amphibians and reptiles. For a fee, you can even get a behind the scenes look at a day in the life of a zookeeper.
Ned’s Point Lighthouse (Mattapoiset)
It wouldn’t be a true New England road trip without at least one visit to a lighthouse, right? This one, standing since 1838, is totally classic, and still actively used by the U.S. Coast Guard to aid in navigation. It’s a bit off the beaten path, so you might find it less crowded than other famous spots, like Nubble Light in Maine.