Situated right where the bicep would be on the arm of Cape Cod, the Mid-Cape truly packs a punch by encompassing a seven-village municipality of Barnstable, in which Hyannis is the largest, along with the populated towns of Yarmouth and Dennis. Supplementing the main Highway 6, two parallel arteries keep the flow moving into and out from the area. Route 28 connects the south coastal sections of Hyannis, Yarmouth, and Dennis where miniature golf courses, fast food joints, gift shops, and motels congregate.
Hyannis functions as the commercial and industrial center for the entire Cape, so, not surprisingly, population is high, and traffic is dense; but, when the wind blows in the right direction, your nose could almost lead you to the Cape Cod Potato Chips Factory for free samples and a tour of their operation. Nearby, Hyannis’ Melody Tent attracts legendary musicians on par with Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Tony Bennett and James Taylor to perform atop the revolving stage.
To the north and along the bayside, 34 miles of 6A beg to be meandered. Antique shops, fine restaurants, and colonial graveyards flank the route; black and gold plaques on the front of 53 sea captains’ homes commemorate Captain’s Mile, where houses date from the 1700s. The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth sponsors a calendar of annual events, many self-guided.
Catch the best panoramic view of Cape Cod Bay and the surrounding region when you climb Scargo Tower in Dennis, set on a bluff above Scargo Pond. When a sunset summons a moonlit walk, take the boardwalk above the marshes at Gray’s beach to stargaze from one the many benches. A return to Gray’s Beach during the daytime is worth it- especially to take advantage of the rare free parking and admission.