Another National Seashore gem with iconic dunes waiting for their closeup
Bostonians day-trip to this beach in the summer -- that’s how irresistible it is. And John F. Kennedy himself recognized it early: In 1961, he signed a bill authorizing the creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the first time a national park was created out of previously private land (don’t tell the libertarians). For a little more history, the beach is named after Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi, who in 1903 sent the first US-originating transatlantic radio transmission right from the Cape. OK, enough social studies. This is a massive, gorgeous beach with towering dunes, intimidating waves, and endless views in each direction. It’s always crowded but never overwhelmingly so, owing to its sheer size. One more pro is that it’s dog-friendly year round and a con is there are a lot of stairs to get there.
Where to eat/drink: Want a little fried chicken with your beach trip? Marconi Beach BBQ & Seafood Restaurant (actually located a little over a mile from the Marconi Beach entrance), sells its award-winning fried chicken in beach-friendly buckets to go. Wellfleet Center, about four miles away, is the place to go for proper evening meal and drink, with Mac’s Shack serving as the town’s social hub. (If kiddos are in the mix, carry on to the more relaxed Mac’s on the Pier, a takeaway spot right on the water.)
Know before you go: About those sharks: the beach has already closed once this year after a Great White was spotted about 40 yards off shore. Just keep it in mind. Oh, and parking is $20.