Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown
Climbing to the top of the tower gives you a beautiful view of the seashore, the town, and the surrounding area. But be warned, there is no elevator and its a long steep climb to the top. There is also a small museum at the base of the tower. This picture is a little fuzzy in the thumbnail version at the left. Click on the picture for a close up version. It shows the detail much better.
Head to the top of the Pilgrim Monument, which is a huge (200 foot tall) stone tower that dominates the Provincetown skyline. Visit the museum at its base or climb the obscene number of steps to the top to get panoramic views of the town. Probably Provincetown's number one attraction, the tallest structure on Cape Cod can be seen from all the way across Cape Cod Bay. Unfortunately, there's no elevator, so climbing the steps is the only option. See the travelogue for views from the top.
The Pilgrim Monument is the highest point in Provincetown and can be seen from miles away. It was built to commemorate the landing of the Pilgrims there in November 1620, before they went to Plymouth. (Most people don't know that they landed here first.)
According to the museum's literature it is the tallest granite structure in the United States, and the view from the top is amazing.
The museum itself tells a lot about the history of Provincetown and the Cape, including information about the Mayflower Compact which the Pilgrims drew up and signed in Provincetown. It also hosts a number of nice visiting exhibits. Coming here is a great thing to do on a day when the weather isn't so good for the beach.
252 feet tall, 200 steps to climb.
This little bit of exercise will cost you $5 admission but parking is free and normally available nearby.
The Pilgrim Monument is open to visitors daily from 9 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. April through October with extended hours until 6:15 p.m. in July and August. In November, the Monument is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. The Monument is illuminated each year for the holiday season, though it is not open during the months of December through March.
The view from the summit is nice and you can get some great art-deco shots down the interior stairwell.
At the base of the monument is a small museum commemorating the Pilgrims and the flora and fauna of the region. Other exhibits in the museum change monthly. Fishing and sea-faring were the themes when we were there and artifacts and paintings of ships and whalers were being shown.
Perhaps, upon looking at the link, you will feel inspired to visit The Pilgrim Memorial. I as of yet, have not. What I can tell you about the place is that this tower is Provincetown's iconic monument. You read that here.
Apparently the tallest granite building in the US, the Monument dominates the skyline for miles around. Forming part of the (not that interesting) Pilgrim's Museum, the monument requires stamina to walk to the top, but at least the ascent is made easier by a series of ramps rather than steps. The gradient is much gentler as a result (other than the steps at the bottom and very top). Views from the top are great and make the effort totally worthwhile
A 242 foot monument to the Pilgrims. You can climb up to the top of this thing. It has a good panaramic view of the entire Cape Cod and some areas across the Bay around Plymouth. I personally did not go up in this thing.
The Pilgrim Monument and Museum
The 252 foot tower offers great views of the Cape in clear weather. $5, open mid March to November. It commemorates the Pilgrims, who actually landed here first before heading to Plymouth. There's a large gay and lesbian community here, kind of ironic when you consider the Puritanical beliefs of the first non-Native visitors here.
The tallest granite structure . . . or something like that. It's a monument to the Pilgrim forefathers. P-town was the first land they came to after leaving Plymouth, UK.