GPS: 41°45’53” N 70°29’9” W
Cape Cod has a lot of wooden boardwalks. Why? Because the area is full of marshes and a boardwalk affords scenic access to the other side. But these are not the commercialized types you would find in Atlantic City, Coney Island, or Myrtle Beach. Rather, this is the cozy variety designed for leisure and nature strolls.
The boardwalk in Sandwich, Massachusetts, is the oldest on Cape Cod. Extending out 1351 feet to Town Neck Beach, it traverses over marsh, dunes, and a creek. National Geographic ranks it among the top 10 boardwalks in the country.
Sadly, the boardwalk was severely damaged by winter storms in February. It has since been reopened but repairs are expected to continue until early July. It will prevail.
The Sandwich Boardwalk points northeast. You can photograph it at sunrise and sunset, although I prefer it at dawn or sunrise with a colorful sky in the background.
To reach the iconic boardwalk, turn east on Jarves Street in Sandwich, take your 2nd left onto Church Street, and then your 1st right on Harbor Street. Harbor soon turns into Boardwalk Road — follow the road to the parking area and boardwalk.
For additional Cape Cod locations, you may want to consider The Cape Cod Scenic GPS Guide Book by resident photographer Arnold J. Kaplan, APSA-AFIAP.