What is the best way to see Nantucket in one day?

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Holly Finigan

Seeing Nantucket in one day is possible but takes some light planning. While the island may appear small, it actually takes a fair amount of effort to get from point A to point B, so getting a map is a must. The first way to see Nantucket’s nooks and crannies is to rent a car and drive around on an island with no stoplights. Get a jeep with a beach permit sticker and drive onto the beaches at Nobadeer or make the trek out to Great Point. (Just don’t forget to let the air out of the tires.)

Interested in seeing the island on two wheels? Take a tour of the island with Nantucket Bike Tours as you get active and see all the hidden gems you would miss while driving at 30 miles per hour. Make sure to bike down Milestone Road to ’Sconset. This seven-mile stretch is pretty flat and has you ending up in the sleepy village, where you can stop for a sandwich at the scrumptious Claudette’s. (Warning: cash only.) Then put your bike on the front of the NRTA (the island’s public transportation system) and enjoy a leisurely ride back into Nantucket Town.

Want someone else to dictate your tour? Get in the big maroon van with beloved island local celebrity Gail of Gail’s Tours and have a real Nantucketer give you the inside scoop on history from the whaling days to the massive homes on Cliff Road. “Gail’s tales” are a can’t-miss.

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