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Barnstable: Cape Cod and Provincetown Self-Drive Audio Tour

1. Barnstable: Cape Cod and Provincetown Self-Drive Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together!Note: This 65+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Cape Cod in 2-3 hours. This self-guided audio and GPS tour allows you to explore Massachusetts’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility, safety, and value. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. All audio plays automatically based on location. To begin the tour, start at the Cape Cod Visitor Center, following the route and speed limit for the best experience. Explore the rugged, mystical beauty of Cape Cod and learn all about the history of the areas as you see famous sights like Cape Cod Visitor Center and Pilgrim Monument. As you enjoy the scenery, discover the history and culture of the Nauset tribe. Continue to Eastham and trek down to First Encounter Beach, where the Nausets had their first contact with Europeans. See Cape Cod’s prettiest lighthouses, and hear about the importance of these buildings. The route has plenty of optional detours where you can make stops, like at the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. Arrive in Provincetown, a thriving cultural center culture. Check out the art galleries, boutiques, and theaters, and embrace the bohemian culture. Your audio tour ends at the northern tip of the Cape, where the Mayflower first landed.

Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

2. Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Note: Each tour covers essential sights and takes 2-3 hours, over 3+ miles. Start in the city of Boston and walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War heroes. Hear the story of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride and relive the fight for American Independence with a self-guided walking tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Immerse yourself in the stories of the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and the Sons of Liberty as you stroll along Boston’s scenic Harborwalk. Uncover Boston's historic and storied past while enjoying its beautiful harbor views between South Station and Long Wharf. Then, travel to the city of Cambridge outside Boston and explore the heart of Harvard University's campus at Harvard Square. Use the app to take a self-guided walking tour that covers must-see campus sights like the John Harvard Statue, Widener Library, and former dorm rooms of famous alumni like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Natalie Portman, and more. Next, discover Cape Ann with a self-guided driving tour along the scenic waterfront. Enjoy the vistas, beaches, and natural beauty of the New England coastline at your own pace. Visit the famous Fisherman's Memorial, beautiful Beauport, all while diving into the stories of Massachusetts of days past. Shifting the scene to Salem, begin at the Salem Visitor Center. Learn about the Salem Witch Trials at the dedicated memorial and the Old Burying Point Cemetery. Stop by historic spots like the Old Town Hall, the Joshua Ward House, and Gedney House. Marvel at the Witch House and end your tour at The House of the Seven Gables, immersing yourself in the haunting history of Salem's Witch Trials.

Massachusetts Self-Guided Driving and Walking Tours Bundle

3. Massachusetts Self-Guided Driving and Walking Tours Bundle

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: In this bundle, each tour is 169+mile-long and takes 2-3 hours to complete. Get to know the most famous Massachusetts attractions using this self-guided tour, which comes with a guide, an audio tour, a map as well as animated videos at some of the stops. In your own time and at your own pace, visit attractions such as Harvard Square, Plymouth, Martha’s Vineyard, and more. Begin your action-packed day by downloading the self-guided tour, and familiarize yourself with your digital guide. Make your first stop Harvard’s storied campus. Hear how the school got its start and how it evolved from a tiny college into one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. Then, head to the Freedom Trail to walk in the shoes of the United States' Founding Fathers. Hear how the first sparks of revolution flew in Boston and how those sparks became an inferno. Feel the revolution come alive as you pass sights like the church where Paul Revere’s famous lanterns once hung. Next, immerse yourself in the ship-rigging, ale-drinking, shanty-singing days of Colonial Boston on Boston’s Harborwalk and revisit the fiery lead-up to the American Declaration of Independence. Admire harbor views and visit the site of the Boston Tea Party. Continue by following your app to the most haunted spots of the city and hear popular ghost stories. Walk through graveyards, execution sites, and more while hearing hair-raising tales of the unquiet dead. After, head to Salem, and learn the truth behind the infamous Witch Trials. Turn the clock back even further in Plymouth, the town founded by Pilgrims fresh off the Mayflower. See where they first landed, hear how they organized their system of government, and revisit the complicated dynamic between those newcomers and the Wampanoag tribe. Drive out to Cape Cod, where colonial history collides with the present. Cruise past historic villages and continue along the coastline to explore towns like Gloucester and trace their seafaring history. Ride along a rocky shore dotted by beaches, and catch some sun and surf. Head to Lexington and Concord and follow the route of a battle between an American militia and the British army. Find out how the Americans turned the tide, and what it meant in the fight for independence. Finally, retreat to Martha’s Vineyard. Visit cute towns and learn some surprising history.

Cape Cod: Barnstable to Provincetown Self Guided Audio Tour

4. Cape Cod: Barnstable to Provincetown Self Guided Audio Tour

Immerse yourself in the captivating tapestry of Cape Cod and Provincetown with our comprehensive self-guided audio and GPS tour. Combining the allure of freedom with seamless location-based storytelling, this tour transforms your drive into an unforgettable journey through time and nature. Initiate your exploration at the Cape Cod Visitor Center, steering eastward through the annals of Massachusetts' history. The voice guiding you will transport you to the times of the Nauset tribe, the ancient inhabitants of this land. They farmed and fished these shores for millennia, their tales echoing through time – like the heartrending legend of a princess whose tears sustained a fish's life. But their tranquility was disrupted when they witnessed unfamiliar sails on the horizon. Your wheels will carry you to Eastham, guiding you towards First Encounter Beach. Here, listen intently to the riveting chronicle of the first tumultuous meeting and subsequent peace negotiations between the Nauset and the Pilgrims. This encounter reshaped the course of history. As the path unfolds, you'll be beckoned by the melancholic charm of Cape Cod's lighthouses. These timeless sentinels are not just architectural marvels but pivotal landmarks that once safeguarded ships from the treacherous waters, earning the Cape its moniker of "ocean graveyard." For those yearning for nature's serenade, an optional detour to the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary awaits. With diverse biomes stretching over five miles, bird enthusiasts and nature lovers are in for a treat. The tour then crescendos into Provincetown. This pulsating heart of art and culture is a stark contrast to the somber Pilgrims. Dive into its eclectic blend of galleries, boutiques, and theaters, letting its bohemian spirit envelop you. Concluding at the Cape's northernmost point, you'll stand at the very location where the Mayflower first anchored. This site, steeped in history, also boasts a vista that is sheer poetry for the eyes. Throughout your journey, the meticulously crafted audio narratives will automatically activate, painting vivid pictures of Cape Cod and Provincetown's past and present. Experience their beauty, history, and spirit, all while maintaining the freedom to set your own pace and path. No more juggling maps or rigid timetables. As you navigate, let stories emerge, narrating the rich tapestry of Cape Cod and Provincetown.

Provincetown: Private Scavenger Hunts

5. Provincetown: Private Scavenger Hunts

Gather your friends, family, colleagues, and kids, we’ve got an adventure in store for you. Feeling competitive? Divide into multiple teams and race against the clock to be crowned the winner. Or unite as one team to beat our leaderboard - the choice is yours! Select a game in your chosen city and we’ll add up to three personalized challenges as per your request. All you need is a charged smartphone with a camera, GPS, and internet access. Mind-boggling missions and creative clues will guide you through the city, taking you on a tour of hidden gems and bucket list locations. Online scavenger hunts are the ultimate team builder. Show off your artistic, communication and problem-solving skills with unlimited opportunities to break the ice. Your host will cheer you on as you go, awarding plenty of points before the highest scorers win.

From Boston: Cape Cod and Provincetown Private Day Tour

6. From Boston: Cape Cod and Provincetown Private Day Tour

Community Impact: -We are committed to a “360-degree view” of storytelling, featuring stories about under-represented groups, such as women, immigrants, and people of various ethnicities, ages, religions, and sexual orientations -During our visit to the Cape, we will provide recommendations and offer opportunities to patronize small and local businesses so that we keep the culture and traditions of these small seaside communities thriving -Our experience educates guests on ongoing efforts in environmental preservation and the impacts regarding clean energy as well as the sustainability of the fertile fishing beds all around the Cape -Our guides provide a narrative that explores the honest history of the area, dispelling long-held myths that have excluded key players in the development of Cape Cod to this day Summary: After a two- to three-hour relaxing ride while you get to know your local tour guide, you’ll cross over the Sagamore Bridge, the gateway to Cape Cod! Once in the area, you’ll have the chance to meander through small towns like quaint Sandwich and Chatham and beautiful natural spaces like the National Seashore. Farther along, we'll arrive in Provincetown at the very tip of Cape Cod, widely regarded as the area’s most popular destination. Here, you can learn about the town’s storied history as the first arrival point of the Pilgrims, an infamous fishing town, an artist colony, and haven for alternative lifestyles. Among other highlights of the area, you can opt for a tour stop at the Pilgrim Monument & Museum, built to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in the US in 1620. One of our favorite things to do here is to climb to the top of the monument – currently the tallest granite structure in the U.S. – and see some of the most sweeping views of the Cape! Our next tour activity will be a walk down the never-boring Commercial Street, the heart of Ptown’s universe. The three-mile stretch spans the town and provides access to Ptown’s notable landmarks, local art galleries, unusual souvenir shops, cabaret entertainment, and interesting architecture. Ptown also offers several one-of-a-kind experiences. You might board private transportation for a tour of the Ptown sand dunes, explore Ptown’s various nature trails by bicycle, or jump on a private schooner for a whale-watching tour. If you would like to relax a bit more, feel free to spend your time sunbathing along Race Point or Herring Cove beaches. For the ride back, we can build in time to stop at some very unique shops in the various towns along the Cape. If you’re a foodie, we always recommend a trip to The Atlantic Spice Company in Truro: this shop has over 350 products that include spices, herbs, teas, extracts, salts, essential oils and much more!

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What people are saying about Provincetown

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 134 reviews

It worked all the time we were very well accompanied throughout the tour. Which by the way is very beautiful the landscape to discover knowing its history with this audio, very good combination.

Didn’t know at first that the red lines are detours and blue lines are the tour on the GPS map. Otherwise, a good and informative tour!

Great guided drive - the history and stories were really interesting, and the landmarks were spot on. I would really highly recommend!

The commentary for each recommended site was unique and informative, we enjoyed it very much

We were confused initially on use of tour but finally got it.