Four Tips for Skipping Memorial Day Weekend Traffic on Cape Cod
A few tweaks to your travel plans can help you avoid holiday traffic.
Ah, Memorial Day. A time to honor our troops and get together with friends and family for barbecues, and marking the beginning of summer. With the prospect of beautiful weather, it is no wonder that many people are contemplating coming to the Cape. If you are among their number, you might want to follow these tips to avoid gridlock.
Travel at non-peak times. If you can, try to cross the bridges during the night (past 8 pm or so) or early in the morning (before 7 am). This way, you won't have to struggle through potential bumper to bumper traffic during the day.
Know where you're going. Having a plan or itinerary will help reduce your time in traffic, and increase the time you have for doing fun things on the Cape, such as going to the beach, visiting museums, or enjoying the local restaurants.
Bring your bike. The Cape has great bike trails, and the weather is perfect for enjoying them! So bring your bike and explore the Cape via the bike trails, which will help you get some sun and will help you miss traffic.
Hop aboard the CapeFlyer to avoid roads altogether. This summer weekend passenger train runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, so it's great for avoiding weekend traffic and finding a parking spot. Traveling from South Station to Hyannis, it has stops in Braintree, Brockton, Middleborough/Lakeville, Wareham Village and Buzzards Bay.
Jane Booth photo.
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