Summer on Cape Cod is a top destination spot and the world knows it. So, one of my favorite times to be here is early fall. The traffic is lighter by literally miles and the fall colors among the trees are getting rich and vibrant. Best of all, if you know the right spots, it can feel like you have them all to yourself. Here a few enjoyable places I've found that won't cost you a dime and can safely be done solo.
If you like walking along a beach, Cape Cod is chock full of gorgeous shoreline. The lower part of the Cape is near perfect a spot as you'll ever find in the north east. Want simple peace and quiet along your walk? Try exploring Bound Brook Island Beach in Wellfleet. On a clear day, you can see from Provincetown at the very end of Cape Cod and all to way to Plymouth. This beach is so secluded you need to travel down a mile-long dirt road just to get there. Though there is little doubt the jaunt is worth it. The views are truly unbeatable, especially early morning when the water has washed the sandy beaches clean. Then, you'll see the track marks of crabs and the footprint of every other creature that ventured out while we humans slept. Even rain can't make this walk a bust.
The Great Island Beach Trail in Wellfleet is one of the longest beach hikes on Cape Cod. The hike can run over 8 miles. But, of course, you can turn back whenever you want. It runs long Cape Cod Bay and parts take you through wooded areas with more bird species that I could count. There are plenty more facets of nature to keep you from ever thinking about being bored! Furthermore, if you pack a lunch and plenty of water this hike can take up most of your day exploring and enjoying.
Don't want to traverse that dirt road or feel alone on your walk? Try Falmouth Heights Beach in Falmouth. The energy of this place is easily felt with the shops, parks, and amazing eateries and clubs lining this scenic area. We have been to the Falmouth Road Race many times, which ends at the Falmouth Heights Beach. It's an all day affair where you'll meet your neighbors and others from all around the world. It's holds a festival-like atmosphere.