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A Trip to Provincetown, MA 02657

Updated on January 19, 2015

Find the Fun Things to do in Provincetown, Videos, Photos, Recommendations, and More About PTown

Provincetown has always been renowned for its spectacular scenery, pristine beaches, great hiking, long, winding bike paths, restaurants, art galleries, theater and night life. At the northern tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown, or PTown as it's often referred to, is an artist colony, tourist's favorite, and one of the biggest gay-lesbian destinations in the USA. The sightseeing in Provincetown is arguably Cape Cod's finest, with three lighthouses, serene salt marshes, tidal flats, sand bars, rolling sand dunes, and one of the calmest harbors on the Cape.

Here on this page, you'll find recommended things to do in Provincetown, along with photos, videos, official links, places to stay, and more about Provincetown. Scroll down to read more!

Left: Intro photo of Provincetown by hbarrison on flickr.

Race Point Lighthouse - Original painting of Race Point lighthouse on this mousepad


Race Point Cape Cod Lighthouse Mousepad by William Nihill

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Race Point is one Cape Cod's most beautiful spots to watch a sunset. Even better than the main beach on Race Point is a long walk to the secluded Race Point Lighthouse, which is nearly 2 miles from the nearest road. This painting, featured on this mousepad, is an original oil painting of the lighthouse during the end of summer. Just beyond the lighthouse lies Cape Cod Bay, a dramatic end to any day, and one of the Cape's most perfect spots to catch a sunset.

The Atlantic House in Provincetown is a contender for the oldest gay bar in the United States and Frommer's calls it "the nation's premier gay bar".

Hotels in Provincetown - Where to stay in Provincetown, MA - recommended hotels

The Provincetown Inn

Well known, easy to find, and reliable, the Provincetown Inn is one of the most popular hotels in Provincetown.

Provincetown Bed and Breakfasts

Some of the best places to stay in Provincetown are bed and breakfasts. Here are some of the best ones in town.

Race Point Beach, Provincetown

The northernmost beach of Cape Cod

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Race Point Beach Provincetown Ocean Mousepad

One of the best beaches on Cape Cod is Race Point Beach, which is located as far north as you can travel on Cape Cod. To the north is the open Atlantic, with Cape Cod Bay and some dramatic sunsets to the west. Race Point Beach is one of the few spots on Cape Cod where you can witness a spectacular sunset, which draws hundreds of people every night.

Race Point is rather secluded, and that's the best part about it. It's 10 minutes from downtown Provincetown, and even further from the closest town, Truro. Race Point is set back from the main road, Route 6, and offers miles of hiking and bike trails which are paved. Race Point is also well known for its lighthouse, which like the beach, is very secluded. Provincetown Airport can also be found adjacent to Race Point Beach.

Provincetown Links - Official links, businesses, and more in Provincetown

Here are some of the best of the best links about Provincetown, from official sites to popular restaurants and businesses in town.

A Tour of Provincetown - Watch this video for an overview of Provincetown

Things to Bring to Provincetown - Recommended products -what to bring to Provincetown

When you head to Provincetown, you'll need cash. Some of the businesses do not accept credit cards or checks. You'll also need a good pair of shoes, not uncomfortable ones, because it's mostly walking if your traveling via ferry. You can rent bikes once you get into town. Here's a short list of some of the things you'll want to bring to Provincetown:

Canon Rebel XSi DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (OLD MODEL)
Canon Rebel XSi DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (OLD MODEL)

A good camera is a must for Provincetown. No, that shoddy cellphone camera will not do. The Canon Digital Rebel will do the dunes of Race Point justice.

 
Coppertone Sport SPF 30 Continuous Spray Clear Twin Pack, 6-Ounce Cans
Coppertone Sport SPF 30 Continuous Spray Clear Twin Pack, 6-Ounce Cans

A sunburn will make your trip miserable. Don't underestimate the sun, even in the cooler temperatures. A burn is a burn, and there is little shade in Provincetown.

 
Boston Red Sox Fiber Reactive Beach Towel
Boston Red Sox Fiber Reactive Beach Towel

Don't forget the beach towel! You'll want to definitely experience on of Provincetown's beaches, so bring a towel along like this Red Sox towel (and act like a local).

 
Coleman 62 Quart Xtreme  5 Wheeled Cooler
Coleman 62 Quart Xtreme 5 Wheeled Cooler

There's nothing like sitting back and relaxing on the beach with a 12 pack of beer and a sandwich. Wheel it down the beach with ease with this pull handle cooler from Coleman.

 

Provincetown and the National Seashore - Beautiful full color images of Cape Cod's National Seashore and the shore of P'Town

Provincetown and the National Seashore: A Photographic Essay
Provincetown and the National Seashore: A Photographic Essay

Unprecedented in content, Provincetown and the National Seashore offers readers a unique and cohesive group of Provincetown images: from candid portraits of Provincetown residents and celebrities, seasonal landscapes and wildlife, to everyday street scenes from the town’s renowned summer season. Over a year in the making, the color photo essay book artistically chronicles Charles Fields’s first year in Provincetown, taking readers on a journey of people, places and history in a highly personal and contemporary collection. The book features nearly 140 stunning color images, with special "celebirty appearances" by Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz, filmmaker and director John Waters, Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent Maria Burks, nautical explorer Barry Clifford, and famed Provincetown and Ground Zero photographer Joel Meyerowitz.

 

Route 6 begins in Provincetown, MA, ends in Bishop, California at 3205 miles.

Route 6 begins in Provincetown, MA, ends in Bishop, California at 3205 miles.
Route 6 begins in Provincetown, MA, ends in Bishop, California at 3205 miles.

Wood End Lighthouse, Provincetown.

Wood End Lighthouse, Provincetown.
Wood End Lighthouse, Provincetown.

The marsh at Wood End in Provincetown. Find it by taking Commercial St. to the end.

The marsh at Wood End in Provincetown. Find it by taking Commercial St. to the end.
The marsh at Wood End in Provincetown. Find it by taking Commercial St. to the end.

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Scenic Provincetown - Still photos of Provincetown in this beautiful slideshow

Find Your Way to Provincetown - Directions to Provincetown via Google Maps

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Provincetown Photos, Merchandise, and Souvenirs - Products, merchandise, and gifts featuring Provincetown

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Long Point Provincetown - The very end of Cape Cod

Take a boat tour to Cape Cod's extreme tip via water taxi.

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, beautiful place and lots to do ~ thanks for introducing Provincetown to us. I loved the pictures and great videos too...you made me want to visit...well done! : )

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      zav 5 years ago

      I love reading about different places even if I may never get to visit them all. Thanks for a great lens, very interesting.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      I have visited Provincetown once - Loved it! Never a lack of interesting things to do and see, and very friendly folks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      lovely town, i've been there in the autumn and would love to spend a new years there next time

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