Cape Cod on the cheap
Gregory Rec for The Boston Globe/File
There are more woodlands to wander, with the Beech Forest Trail, and history to ponder, at the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station Museum. But Race Point Beach offers an especially expansive view, set as it is at the northern end of the Cape. Mid-morning, the light just right, water shimmers in spots from silver to black. Look off shore long enough, and there, on the surface, emerges a large animal's back. Whale? After an idle or hour or two, the question seems less urgent than the spicy fried chicken waiting by your side. So tuck into lunch, then head south for some soft afternoon adventure.
Province Lands Visitor Center and Race Point Beach
National Seashore, Provincetown
$15 in high season (see Marconi Beach).