Cape Cod Things To See
It’s a little-known fact that the pilgrims first stepped foot on U.S. soil on Cape Cod. Many people think their first landing spot was up the Massachusetts coast in Plymouth, MA, but it actually was at the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown MA.
And, today, on that very sight they first stepped foot, you’ll find a huge tower known as the Pilgrim Monument.
History Of The Pilgrim Monument
The Pilgrim monument was constructed between 1907 and 1910 to commemorate the pilgrims first landing in the new world. In 1620, the pilgrims spent five weeks in Provincetown before sailing on to Plymouth. During this time, while anchored in Provincetown Harbor, the pilgrims also signed the Mayflower Compact which created the first democratic society in the new world.
Part of the Provincetown Historic District, the Pilgrim Monument is the tallest all granite structure in the U.S. The first corner stone was actually ceremonially laid by president Theodore Roosevelt in 1907, and in 1910, President Taft dedicated the finished 252-foot tower.
Climbing The Monument
Tourists from around the world come to climb the monument and visit the Provincetown Museum at the tower’s base.
For those with the lungs to endure the 116 stairs and sixty ramps, the views from the top are well worth the expended effort.
Cape Cod Vacations At Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is, of course, the perfect time to pay homage to the pilgrims. Book one of the many affordable Cape Cod Hotel Packages, and spend some time exploring Provincetown – just like the pilgrims did.