Nantucket, known as the "Little Grey Lady of the Sea," is an island located some thirty miles south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Three islands -- Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and Muskeget -- constitute what is known as the town of Nantucket, and subsequently, Nantucket County, which is merged with that of the town-composite. Named after the Algonquian word that means "land beyond," it was initially a summer colony, shipbuilding center, and a whaling town in the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century, it was also a Wampanoag and Algonquin settlement prior to the coming of the colonials. Nowadays, Nantucket is chiefly known for its many historical sites, and for being one of the few places in the United States that still boasts a highly periodic environment, and authentic architecture of the early New England settlement eras.
If you’re planning to visit Nantucket, you’re in for an historian’s treat, as the county seat is well known for its many period landmarks and destinations. Be sure to not miss the Great Point Lighthouse at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, the Brant Point Lighthouse, the Whaling Museum, the Nantucket Atheneum, and the Lifesaving Shipwreck Museum of Nantucket. Nantucket is also well known for its wonderful beaches; Siasconset Beach, Cisco Beach, Surfside Beach, and Madaket Beach are all great places to visit.
If you’re veering between artsy, outdoorsy, and sporty, try to visit any of these three great sites -- the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, or the Sankaty Head Golf Club. Nantucket does not lack for good places for dining, either -- try out some of the local spots for some of the best meals, pastries, and desserts the island has to offer.
Because tourists and transient locals tend to swarm the place during the holidays -- especially during summertime -- you should book your Nantucket hostel in advance to ensure hassle-free travel, although off-season visits usually make for lesser trouble.
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