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"Thirty Miles at Sea!" is the island's slogan. To its year-round inhabitants and summer visitors, Nantucket is not just an island off Cape Cod, but a seagoing world of its own.


Bicycling on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts

Biking on 35 miles (56 km) of bike paths. More...


Nantucket, 30 miles (48 km) at sea off the Massachusetts coast of Cape Cod (map), is a beautiful New England island with a historic old town, quaint villages, 10 public beaches, a history of whaling and an upscale ambiance, which is why it's packed with tourists and summer residents from May through September. More...

Go on a Day-Trip

You can visit Nantucket on a day-trip by plane or ferryboat from Hyannis or Harwich Port on Cape Cod, ofrom New Bedford MA, or from Martha's Vineyard Island; or by airplane from Boston, Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard, New Bedford, or New York City. More...

Stay Overnight

Nantucket has a wonderful collection of hotels, inns and B&Bs. Staying a few days gives you the chance to really explore and get to know the island. Lodgings are more expensive on Nantucket than on Cape Cod and in other mainland resort locations; and in high summer they are often fully booked, so reserve your lodgings well in advance. More...

Why Nantucket?

With its location "30 miles at sea" (map), its history of whaling, its choppy Indian name, and its people's reputation for hardiness, you might expect Nantucket to be clusters of peasant dwellings and strong-armed shipwrights making rough island boats.

In fact the opposite is true: the cobblestone main streets of Nantucket Town are lined with towering elms and gracious Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian buildings, and the residential neighborhoods boast street after street of dignified houses from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as the expected shingled fishermen's family bungalows (particularly in 'Sconset).

This is to be expected if you know a bit of Nantucket history, and when you consider the money that whaling—and, more recently, hedge funds—brought to Nantucket. More...

Nantucket panorama
Nantucket Town and harbor...

What Not to Do

The island is well organized and governed, and local residents have various regulations which they want visitors to observe:

— Do not wear bathing suits on Main Street

— When bicycling, obey all traffic rules just as though you were in a car

No camping is allowed anywhere on the island, whether in a vehicle or a tent or under the stars.

—by Tom Brosnahan

Day-Trip to Nantucket from Cape Cod

Nantucket Hotels & Inns

Nantucket History

Getting to Nantucket

Transportation on Nantucket

Finding Your Way on Nantucket

What to See & Do

Tourist Information

Martha's Vineyard

Cape Cod


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Nantucket Town, Massachusetts

Nantucket harbor.





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