U.S. Route 6 (US 6), also called the Grand Army of the Republic Highway,US Route 6 Tourist Association is working to save our American Heritage through Cultural Preservation, see what's new in economic development.

The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is a Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public Charity".

Russell J. Lombard, President & CEO  
U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
1657 S.W. Old Clifton Rd.
Port Orchard, WA.  98367
Phone: 360/876-5063
Email: Massachusetts@Route6tour.com



A State Division of the National Association

NOTE: Anyone interested in the position of Executive Director for the Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association should contact one of the above. This could be considered a casual position since there are no set hours. We are all volunteers, either retired or keeping our day jobs. However, we do cover general expenses. Our programs are serious, and our activities are educational, fun and family oriented. We would welcome inquires from retired individuals and college students. In the past we have arranged for college students (Interns) to receive class credits for their time.


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Town of Provincetown, MA - Official Website

Tourism Office of Provincetown, MA

Provincetown Chamber of Commerce


Steve Mirabile and
wife Evanne with their Little Deuce Coupe.

SJM Photography


James A. Gay

Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau



Cape Cod Wild Care, Injured Wildlife Treatment Center

Coast Guard Heritage Museum - Cape Cod, MA

Cape Cod Baseball

The Official Home of the Wareham Gatemen Baseball Team

Joe Hurley,
Walking the "6"

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U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
(A Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public Charity")
Fed. Tax ID No. 91-2136205

 Any questions email US6tour@gmail.com

Join the Route 6 Team!
Sponsorship Application - pdf
A member of a State Association is also a member of the
National U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association

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The Town of Provincetown, Provincetown Chamber of Commerce and the Cape Cod Chamber & Convention Bureau are founding SPONOSORS of the Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association, a State division of the National Association.
Cape Cod Classics Car Club

Welcome to Cape Cod Classics Car Club

Cars under the stars | Cape Cod 2019 - YouTube

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Welcome to the
Town of Provincetown, Massachusetts



Special Recognition
The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association ®

Don Doucette, retired Executive Director
Massachusetts U.S. Route 6
Tourist Association

(Read More about Don Doucette's Award here)


Explore Route 6A, the Original / Historic U.S. Route 6 Alignment Located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Videos by
Boston, Massachusetts - February 26, 2018



Hours of Operation
Open 7 days a week
10am - 5pm
Early May through late October
Call ahead or visit our web site to confirm hours.
Admission is Free

Cape Cod Visitors Center Brochure - Army Corps of Engineers

Learn about all the special events and activities for adults and children.

All Programs are Free!

New England District > Missions > Recreation > Cape Cod Canal > Events

Located along the banks of the Canal by the Sandwich Marina and the US Coast Guard Station.

MA U.S. Route 6 Tour Assn. Director Don Doucette (center) and John Buchanan met with historic book author and fellow U.S. Route 6 Tourian James Gay (holding MA U.S. 6 mascot “Wellfleet”) to discuss the planned June 2017 release of his “Massachusetts Historic Route 6” book by Arcadia Publishing for their ”Postcard History Series”. The initial book release signing is scheduled to be held at the Titcomb’s Bookshop on Historic U.S. Route 6 in East Sandwich. (Photo by Nancy Doucette - Jan. 25, 2017)


On the Run with Aprylle Gilbert
U.S. Route 6 Charity Run
2015 Activity Updates
U.S. Route 6 Charity Run - For the Kids!
Long-distance runner travels Hwy 6
“Coast to Coast for Kids”
The Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is excited to help Aprylle Gilbert, an accomplished folk-rock musician and long-distance runner, as she makes her way through Rhode Island and Massachusetts on her coast-to-coast run across historic U.S. Route 6. Her goal is to inspire youth and to raise funds for a youth center in a troubled neighborhood of her home town of San Jose, California. Gilbert intends to run an average of 30 miles per day as she makes her way from Long Beach, California, to Provincetown, Massachusetts, along Route 6 —
an overall distance of 3,652 miles.
Aprylle Gilbert Arrives in Provincetown on Vimeo from PTV

For now turn on the sound and enjoy Malerie's blogs.
Malerie Yolen-Cohen is a professional travel writer and a member of our Association.
She is also one of our official Ambassadors at Large.
Remember, Aprylle is running from west to east, and that Malerie was driving from east to west.
Stay on Route 6: Route 6 The Beginning; Provincetown, MA

Stay on Route 6: And I'm Outa Here: US Route 6 (A) From Provincetown, MA to Ea

Stay on Route 6: Eastham, MA to Brewster, MA on US Route 6 (A)

Stay on Route 6: Brewster, MA to Sandwich, MA on Route 6A
Winner of the 2014 U.S. Route 6
Cape Cod - Provincetown Cruise Photo Contest
Photo submitted by John Buchanan on behalf of the
Mass Cruisers Auto Club.
*Mass Cruisers Auto Club*

This view of Commercial Street in Provincetown looking West is a (possible) portion of the original (historic) alignment of the Grand Army of the Republic Highway.
The picture best depicts the Mission of the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association; Cultural Preservation and Economic Development.
"Working to Preserve our American Heritage"



(see video below)

A May, 1657 deed signed by Nobscussett chief Mashantampaine handed over to English settlers Anthony Thacher, John Crow, and Thomas Howes most of the land in northern Dennis and Yarmouth - pretty much everything you see as you drive along Route 6A from Barnstable to Brewster. The Nobscussets were then relocated to a reservation in the vicinity of Scargo Lake, known to the Native Americans as Nobscusset Pond, where today an ancient burial ground holds the mortal remains of that now extinct tribe. There are no stones to see, only a plot of land encircled with a granite and iron fence, and a plaque that identifies the spot as “The Burial Ground for the Nobscusset Tribe of Indians.” The tribe’s 17th-century Sachem, Mashantampaine, is buried here.

Cemetery notes:
The people of the area today known as Cape Cod were engaged in beaver skin trade with both England and France. In 1614, English Captain Thomas Hunt captured over 20 Nausett (the Nobscussett Indians were part of the Nausett confederation) and Patuxet Indians, brought them to Spain, and sold as many as he could into slavery. The captures outraged the Indians and they stopped the trading. In 1618/19, a plague killed most of the Nobscussett. Possibly, the burying of the dead from this plague marks the origin of this Burial Ground.

The Nobscussett was the first tribe to meet the Mayflower Pilgrims. The Pilgrims had come ashore looking for food and found bushels of corn that the Nobscussett had left as an offering for their ancestors. The Pilgrims took as much of the corn as they could before the Nobscussett were able to get them out of the area.

Years later, the Pilgrims returned to the Nobscussett. The Pilgrims began converting them to Christianity, and the Nobscussett became one of several tribes in Massachusetts that became known as "Praying Indians". In 1793, the Nobscussett Indians were all killed by neighboring Indian tribes.

The Town of Dennis voted to fence in this burial ground in 1828, and have been maintaining it ever since. There is a hedge-lined trail from Route 6 to the Burial Ground.

 John Buchanan

In My Footsteps: Cape Cod - Nobscussett Burial Grounds - YouTube



Annual Scallop Festival
Sept. 19, 20 and 21, 2014
Cape Cod Fairgrounds


Mystic Seaport Museum is located in Mystic, CT
and is the nation's leading maritime museum.
Learn more now about our exciting activities!

What is the Cape Cod Hedge?
Cape Cod Hedge, Mass.
CapeCast is presently featuring a short video about the Cape Cod Hedge found on the Bourne Rotary,
a U.S. 6 and State 28 highway roundabout.


The spawning season for herring is in full gear as many waterways spanned by US Route 6 (6A) here in Massachusetts are supporting a number of very active herring runs.
This is one of our ancient natural traditions so long an attraction to curious folk in these parts. Herring and the blooming of daffodils coexist during this southern New England rite of spring.
Never a dull moment along Massachusetts US Route 6 (6A) as trees buds display their pastel hues during this year's bud-break season.  Don Doucette  (April 2014)

Herring Run Program - Association to Preserve Cape Cod



Meet Ray Bombardier, President of the Bay State Corvairs

(November 2013)
In The News

Getting his kicks on US Route 6
Picture - The Sun Chronicle - Oct. 2013

Don Doucette, Executive Director of the Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association and John Buchanan who is with the Mass Cruisers Auto Club. Also, meet "Wellfleet" the bear, the official mascot of the MA Tourist Association.

Getting his kicks on Route 6 - The Sun Chronicle : Local News

Cruise at Al Mac's Diner is every Thursday from 
5 PM til 9 PM (closing) - May through September

(Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Items of interest


Could this be Wellfleet the Bear?
Welcome, New Member!

The Mass Cruisers Auto Club

New! Mileage Signs are UP!

 A great gift idea !

How about giving one of our large Massachusetts Historic Route 6 signs.

For a $150.00 donation which will be used to help support our student internship programs you will receive an official 2 ft. X 3 ft. highway sign as shown below.

These are beautiful signs with the diamond reflective surface.

For a $50.00 donation you can receive one of the smaller street signs.

(below held by Don Doucette)

(Donation includes insurance and shipping within the U.S.A.)

Tax deductible as permitted by law.

Questions? Email: Massachusetts@route6tour.com


The sign in the above picture is located on Cape Cod outside of the Town of Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Tourism Office of Provincetown, MA

Welcome to the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce!!


Cape Abilities Farm - Dennis, MA

Cape Abilities Farm Fall Harvest - YouTube

Meet Don Doucette our Executive Director of the Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association, a state division of the National Association.

Don Doucette

As Executive Director, Don Doucette brings his lifelong energies and interests to the fore. Don has explored New England through the avocation of day tripping for many years. Recently, Don along with wife Nancy, have visited all 351 incorporated municipalities represented within the Bay State. Don has seen the many moods of his native Commonwealth from various angles and it is no wonder that when Don was enlightened recently with the existence of the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association that Don found a new opportunity for local exploration and inspiration.


For Don, any section of Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 is only a day trip away. And so, he and Nancy are presently exploring and getting to know better their own Massachusetts U.S. Route 6. As responsible neighbors, Don and Nancy are realizing that Massachusetts U.S. 6 is   "in their backyard" and as a result, Don invites you all over for a visit. He wishes to share the many resources of Massachusetts U.S. Route 6 with those who are so inclined. Don hopes for a local organized core group – a Massachusetts Division of the National U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. Please get involved through your sponsorships and bring your energies, talents and experiences to the total U.S. Route 6 preservation movement – old U.S. Route 6, the Grand Army of the Republic Highway. It's worth preserving and worth promoting as a valuable National cultural and economic resource.


The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is a Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public Charity" Corporation dedicated to the economic development and cultural preservation of inner cities, small towns and rural communities located along all 3,652 miles of the Grand Army of the Republic Highway.

NOTE: We are currently all non-paid volunteers, either retired or keeping our day jobs. Some of our student interns have worked their way up to the position of Executive Director. The Association covers all expenses related directly to Association activities.

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The Route 6 Tourist Association Federal ID Number is: 91-2136205.
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