A vacation on the Cape doesn’t need to be stagnant. Indeed, the island offers a variety of landscapes that are worth exploring. During your stay, get in your car and drive up from Chatham to Provincetown! It’s less than an hour away and will leave you enchanted by the magic of Cape Cod. Read on to learn about our favorite stops along the way and start planning your visit today! Don’t forget to download our free Vacation Guide for additional recommendations in the area, including restaurants, events, shops, museums, outdoor activities, and more.
The Perfect Itinerary for Your Day Trip From Chatham to Provincetown
Nauset Lighthouse is one of the most iconic lighthouses on Cape Cod, which makes it a must-see on your way to Provincetown! The lighthouse is so famous that the signature white and red tower serves as the logo for Cape Cod Potato Chips and is featured on Massachussett’s Cape and Islands license plates. The light was built in 1838 and is registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
Cape Cod National Seashore
The drive to Provincetown is, without a doubt, one of the most scenic drives in the country. Instead of staying in the car the whole time, get out and soak in the scenery on foot! The Cape Cod National Seashore features beautiful beaches, sea cliffs, hiking trails, pine woods, marshes, tidal creeks, and the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
History buffs will also love to know that you can visit Marconi Station just outside the sanctuary. It was here that radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi transmitted the first message across the Atlantic ocean in 1903. This site also picked up a distress call from the R.M.S Titanic in 1912.
When you finally reach Provincetown and its colonial streets, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a quaint European village. Pilgrims first set foot here in 1620, which makes it one of the oldest colonies in the country. Learn more about this event at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. Make sure you climb up to the observation deck for stunning views!
Race Point Lighthouse
Another fabulous site to visit in Provincetown is the Race Point Lighthouse. Did you know that it was the third lighthouse ever established on Cape Cod? Marvel at the iron tower lined with brick (built in 1875) and tour the building to learn more about its history. Race Point is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of the month from June to October.
Return to the Comfort of Your Room at Chatham Gables Inn
Discover our Brant Point Room. It’s spacious, bright, and, above all, cozy! This second-floor room features a wall of windows overlooking the gardens as well as a king bed with leather headboards and Matouk bedding. After taking an aromatic bath in the bathroom, slip into a complimentary spa robe, sit down in the reading chair with a glass of wine, and daydream about the marvelous things you saw all day. In the morning, you’ll wake up feeling as refreshed as ever and a delicious breakfast will be waiting for you downstairs.