‘Art’s Dune Tours’ provides a front row view of Cape Cod’s protected seashore

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. - Rev the engine and get outta dodge in a Chevy Suburban. When the large vehicle leaves the bustling downtown of Provincetown, an excellent adventure is ahead.

IMG_9555"We have some 4,000 acres of dunes to cover," says Rob Costa, owner of Art's Dune Tours, a business started by his dad in 1946.

Costa and other drivers act as tour guides, giving passengers valuable information about the surroundings in Cape Cod.

"Back in the 1850s, it was our golden age. We were the second biggest fishing and whaling port in the country next to Nantucket."

First stop: High Head Beach in Truro where visitors experience an enormous treat -- about a dozen seals, playing in the chilly waves.

"It’s just an incredible ecosystem and you’re sitting in the middle of it all," says Costa.

The next destination is "off road" -- requiring low tire pressure. In a basin of softness, the vehicle climbs a steep hill which exposes an incredible view and begins a fantastic trek through the heart of the sand dunes in Provincetown.

"We are a unique attraction, like no one else in the Northeast," says Costa. "People don’t know these dunes were once covered with forest and topsoil. So, in essence, they were man-made dunes." IMG_9530

The dunes are dotted with historic shacks -- once retreats for artists and writers, such as Jackson Pollock and e.e. cummings.

"There’s 19 shacks left and they are all part of National Historic District," says Costa.

In fact, it's all protected land. The Cape Cod National Seashore, created in 1961, encompasses more than 40-thousand acres across 40 miles of coastline, through towns such as Wellfleet, Truro and Chatham.

"It’s all just beach and ocean. That’s it," says Costa.

Passengers from near and far are wowed by the experience.

CC Seals2"It’s just amazing," says Costa. "You feel like you’re transported into another world."

Art's Dune Tours offers a one-hour tour, five times a day, through the fall. It costs $29 for adults and $18 for children. Click here for other options, including adventure and sunset tours.