First some basic, info about my group and this trip:
-Traveling in the Cape from August 29-31st
-There are 5 Adults (youngest 24) and we will have a car
-Our hotel/rental budget is around 200-300 dollars, would like two rooms for the two couples and a extra bed/pull out couch for a 24 year old. Mild interest in location on water for fishing/swimming?
-We are also interested in nature and history, authentic food, and non touristy shopping
My family and I are going to be traveling to Boston and we would like to spend three days in Cape Cod (or surrounding area's, open to suggestions if there is a must see historical/nature attraction near by, we're thinking martha's vineyard and maybe plymouth?). The whole trip is a bit overwhelming but I came across this road trip itinerary planned by National Geographic and it seems like a great basic plan for what to see (…nationalgeographic.com/travel/…).
My question is, does this road trip itinerary cover most of the cape? Or is there something big it is missing out on? I would really appreciate some Cape Cod veterans having a look at it and giving it their okay, or providing any additional suggestions.
Secondly, if you do recommend this itinerary, is there a good location to stay in that we would be able to drive to the locations from (possibly more than one hotel)? I've heard horror stories about the traffic, how insanely busy is labor day weekend? Is staying in a central location a viable option? We'd really like to see as much of the Cape as possible.
Finally, while I'm here, I've seen a lot about Martha's Vineyard and other islands that we might want to visit. Is the Vineyard a must? Is there another unique island/location a ferry ride away that we might want to see instead. Also, this is a random request from the 24 year old, is there a location where you can kayak whale watch? We've done normal whale watching and it was a pretty dull experience, though that was up in Bar Harbor, is it worth another go?
Any tips or suggestions are welcome and appreciated! Let me know if there is any other information I can provide and many thanks in advance.