Outdoors + Nature

Natural Wonders

by Nicola McCormack

Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Whale Migration

From April through October, whales make a big splash off the coast of Cape Cod. The main attraction for the whales, who work up a mighty appetite swimming as many as 4,000 miles round-trip between their summer and winter homes, are the food-rich waters of a huge underwater plateau called the Stellwagen Bank. Humpbacks are the type most commonly spotted, though even the rare right whale has been known to make an appearance in April, as it uses the plateau's deep waters to get down and dirty with its significant other (curiously, the other whales don't seem to mind). For the full Moby Dick up-close experience, board a whale-watch cruise from one of the many ports in this part of Massachusetts, including Provincetown, Barnstable, and Plymouth.

Where to stay: For classic Cape Cod lodgings, check into the beachfront Chatham Bars Inn, in the quaint town of Chatham; the property's 216 rooms are housed in the main building as well as surrounding cottages.

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