As you are contemplating when and where you’re going to do your holiday shopping, perhaps you should take this special time of year to honor the very people who helped to make what Cape Cod is today: the pilgrims. Some of the very best Cape Cod accommodations are not far from the very spot the pilgrims first set foot on U.S. soil – the very tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown MA.
A trip to the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown is the perfect day-trip and a wonderful diversion to the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping. The 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.
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.
The holiday season are certainly a special time in Cape Cod, but ideally there is no better time than right now to pay homage to the pilgrims. Book one of the many exciting Cape Cod Hotel Shopping Packages and devote a day to exploring and sightseeing – just like the pilgrims did.