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Nantucket Travel Guide


Nantucket Introduction


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Nantucket, Massachusetts, is at the confluence of two bodies of water, 30 mi/48 km out from the mainland. The north side faces the gentler waters of Nantucket Sound, its main harbor nestled within the protection of a barrier beach. Facing south and up around to the northwest are the more temperamental waters of the wild Atlantic Ocean.   Click here to see the full Nantucket travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nantucket Geography


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Nantucket is dominated by the presence of its surrounding waters, Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, and its inland geography reflects that influence. Within that space are cranberry bogs, haunting fog-laden moors, expanses of wild beach roses and heath, and miles/kilometers of uninterrupted, dune-backed beaches. It truly is an island of small natural wonders. Indeed, approximately one-third of America's heathlands (moors) are on Nantucket. As a result of the island's curvaceous shape, there are more than 80 mi/128 km of shoreline, despite the fact that the island itself is a mere 3 mi/4 km at its widest and 14 mi/22 km long.   Click here to see the full Nantucket travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nantucket History


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Named by the native Wampanoags, Nantucket means "faraway land," a description that defines more than just its location. For its first white settlers in 1659, it was a way of life, as well as a geographical reality.   Click here to see the full Nantucket travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nantucket Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Whether you fancy historic architecture or isolated sand dunes, there is plenty to see on Nantucket. Part of the appeal of Nantucket is that so much of it is open to exploration, by bike or on foot, with a knowledgeable guide or on your own time.   Click here to see the full Nantucket travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nantucket Nightlife


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Nantucket's nightlife is more contained than that of Boston, for example, but in no way is it dull. Many restaurants and taverns stay open late, and a few feature live bands in summer. Don't expect to find giant dance floors with sparkling disco balls, but the few places with music are hopping till 1 am (closing time). It's a good idea to check local listings for band schedules: the board outside The Hub (31 Main St.) is plastered with posters touting shows. In summer, you'll be able to choose your music nearly every night of the week. A particular favorite is The Chicken Box, a little place on the outskirts of town that's been around since the 1940s and is known for the variety and quality of its live bands.  Click here to see the full Nantucket travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nantucket Restaurants & Dining


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Don't expect to find the island covered in the rugged seafood shacks that are the staple at most New England seaside towns. Nantucket may be 30 mi/48 km out to sea, but its dining culture is vastly sophisticated and on par (both in quality and in price) with cosmopolitan cities such as New York, Newport and Boston. Indeed, many of its rising-star chefs got their starts in the big cities. Many now run their own little places by the sea on Nantucket. Cuisine is creative new American, and fierce competition keeps the kitchens inventive. The trend to use locally caught fish and locally grown produce continues to grow—in the summer, you see Bartlett's Farm tomatoes on many restaurant menus—so diners can expect the freshest ingredients and menus that change with the seasons.  Click here to see the full Nantucket travel guide on Travel42 »

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