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Pilgrim Monument Review

The first thing you'll see in Provincetown is this grandiose edifice, which seems somewhat out of proportion to the rest of the low-rise town. The monument commemorates the Pilgrims' first landing in the New World and their signing of the Mayflower Compact (the first Colonial-American rules of self-governance) before they set off to explore the mainland. Climb the 116 steps and 60 short ramps of the 252-foot-high tower for a panoramic view—dunes on one side, harbor on the other, and the entire bay side of Cape Cod beyond. At the tower's base is a museum of Lower Cape and Provincetown history, with exhibits on whaling, shipwrecks, and scrimshaw.

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  • Address: 1 High Pole Hill Rd., Downtown Center, Provincetown, MA 02657 | Map It
  • Phone: 508/487–1310
  • Cost: $12
  • Hours: Apr.–late May, mid–Sept.–early Dec., daily 9–5; late May–mid-Sept., daily 9–7; closed Dec.–Mar.
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  • Location: Provincetown
Updated: 12-23-2013

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