PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE

President Kennedy knew he was on to something when he protected part of his beloved Cape Cod as a National Seashore. The most pristine and uninterrupted cape coastline is also one of the lesser frequented chunks of this popular American vacation ground. Especially in the early morning and evening, even in summer. The windy beach seems endless and surreal.

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To get the best out of your time at the Seashore, consider buying a national parks annual pass. It gives free access to all National Park Service sites. This way, you can stop at all the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod NS. And every one is worth it, even just to look around and take in the fresh air, singing sand dunes, crashing waves, and open ocean out in front of you.

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To get your bearings, Salt Pond Visitor Center, at the southern end of the Seashore, is where you’ll want to go. Explore various exhibits about the area’s natural and cultural heritage. Actually, one element that sets the National Seashore apart from other stretches of coast is its history, from the Native American Nauset people to the golden age of whaling to great moments of American sailing.

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Even though the beaches are the main attraction, a couple forest trails, like White Cedar Swamp, usually with nobody on them, are worth the detour for some peace and quiet. Cape Cod National Seashore is definitely on the “nature” side, rather than “commercial,” as far as beaches go. Seeing seals just off shore is a normal occurrence. And even whole colonies sprawling on sandbars, too. The wild dunes are strictly protected. So enjoy from afar. All in all, the whole place is a symphony of cold howling wind, swooping seabirds, soaring lighthouses, and soft sands.

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