Provincetown

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Provincetown

Provincetown, Massachusetts is as far out as you can get – in more ways than one. This last stop on the continent, at the tip of this great sandy curve, has been home to Native Americans, explorers, Pilgrims, fishermen, whalers, artists, beach-lovers and pleasure seekers. It was at the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown that author Henry Thoreau wrote, “...a man can stand here and put all of America behind him.”

Provincetown embraces you, and then will not let you go. Perhaps this is the reason artists and people of every lifestyle are so drawn to this stunning place surrounded by sea, sand and sky. All lifestyles are welcome and co-exist peacefully. This is the spot where the Pilgrims first landed in the New World in 1620; the 252-foot Pilgrim Monument, the tallest granite structure in the nation, commemorates that landing. Here, too, the Mayflower Compact was signed.

Provincetown’s sheltered harbor contributes to its long economic success as a fishing port, and many of the town’s fishermen are descendants of Portuguese sailors who arrived here during the whaling days of the 1800s.

Provincetown is America’s oldest continuous art colony. Ever since 1899 when artist Charles Hawthorne first opened up his painting school, the Cape Cod School of Art, in Provincetown, the town has “welcomed, nurtured and inspired artists from all over the world."  Among these include such luminaries as Edward Hopper and Jackson Pollock.

The vibrant Commercial Street boasts eclectic shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Whale watching excursions depart out of Provincetown Harbor, and guided tours will take you out over the town's majestic dunes. Provincetown, at the very tip of the peninsula, is surrounded on three sides by water and 90% of it is contained within Cape Cod National Seashore.

Find more information on Provincetown through the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce.