Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts represents a classic Cape Cod village as well as a typical New England fishing town. It is quaint and pretty, and offers many amenities. It also makes a great base of operations for an exploration of the outer cape.
Cape Cod National Seashore extends for 65 kilometers (40 miles) along the outer Cape Cod coastline and preserves numerous beaches, lighthouses, and dunes. There are Visitor Centers in both Provincetown and Eastham which provide information about the area, films and exhibits.
Hyannis is the largest community on Cape Cod and offers a more citified atmosphere while still preserving the architecture and ambience that is associated with this area. Along with Falmouth, Hyannis offers ferries to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
The Heritage Museum & Gardens, in Sandwich, has an excellent display of Americana. In particular, check out the great collection of vintage automobiles.
For maximum enjoyment of the national seashore area, walk some of the trails. In particular, the Salt Pond Nature Trail, in Eastham, is extremely informative and pleasant. However, be sure to bring mosquito repellent!