A Massachusetts cape extending into the Atlantic; a popular resort area.
Hook-shaped peninsula in SE Massachusetts, US, 100 km/60 mi long and 1.6–32 km/1–20 mi wide. Its beaches and woods make it a popular tourist area. It is separated from the rest of the state by the Cape Cod Canal. The islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are just S of the cape.
Basque and Norse fisherfolk are believed to have visited Cape Cod many years before the English Pilgrims landed at Provincetown 1620. It was named for the cod which were caught in the dangerous shoals of the cape. The Kennedy family home is at the resort of Hyannis Port.