Instagram-Worthy Spots on Cape Cod

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From the moment you cross the Sagamore or Bourne bridges until you reach the tip of Provincetown, Cape Cod offers a multitude of opportunities to test your mettle as a photographer and capture Instagram-worthy images that will forever serve as a reminder of your visit to this special peninsula.

With that in mind, here are seven spots every aspiring photographer should visit.

Barnstable Harbor in the winter; in the summer, it's filled with boats.

Barnstable Harbor in the winter; in the summer, it’s filled with boats.

Barnstable Harbor, Barnstable Village

This natural harbor sheltered by Sandy Neck is a photographer’s delight all year long. In summer, boats fill the harbor and you can take a sunset cruise with Barnstable Ecotours that ventures along the Great Marsh and provides an up-close look at local flora, fauna and migrating birds. You’ll be snapping photos throughout this two-hour tour. Afterwards, stop for a drink at the harborside Mattakeese Wharf, a local favorite since 1968.

Crosby Mansion, in Brewster; so beautiful, it's absolutely made for Instagram!

Crosby Mansion, Brewster

One of the most historic and opulent homes on the Cape, it was built in 1888 and has 35 rooms, many overlooking Cape Cod Bay. There are 13 fireplaces, many built with imported English tile of varying colors, a main foyer modeled after Buckingham Palace, a library paneled in carved mahogany, and a guest bedroom that has hosted Mark Twain and Prince Albert. The monument has a limited schedule for Open Houses during the summer, so make sure to check their website or call in advance to learn the times.

The Brewster Flats; the largest in North America.

The Brewster Flats, Brewster

Measuring approximately 12,000 acres at low tide, these are the largest flats in North America. When the tide is out, visitors are treated to a spectacular recreational area, as well as breathtaking sunsets. Hike out to the middle of the bay and you can see where the original packet landing was built to allow entry for ships ferrying cargo and travelers to and from Boston.

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Coast Guard Beach, Eastham

Located on the National Seashore, this beach is popular for surfing and boogie boarding, although the recent influx of great white sharks in the area has lessened that attraction. But for a photographer, it remains among the Cape’s most scenic beaches, offering panoramic views across the sand to the endless ocean.

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Red Dory, West Harwich

It floats silently in the Herring River, the vivid red dory clearly visible even from Route 28. Evoking a peaceful, serene sense of isolation, it speaks to a Cape Cod of the past, and it is one of the Cape’s most photographed and painted images. It’s also just a few miles from the inn!

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Chatham Fish Pier, Chatham

Drawing as many as 200,000 visitors during the summer who come to watch fishing boats being unloaded (and seals trying to steal the fish), or just to gaze out to the Atlantic Ocean, this working pier offers numerous opportunities for photographers to channel their inner artist. The spot to be is on the observation deck that fronts the municipal fish processing center, where seals, sharks and fishermen are all on display. July 2019: Please note; the observation deck is currently under construction.

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Rock Harbor, Orleans

Undoubtedly, the first thing you will notice will be the iconic pine trees jutting out from the water. They are called “clam trees” because, as the story goes, quahog seeds were planted at the base of the trees, resulting in the seeds digging their way into the sand, spreading and growing into legal size quahogs. The combination of the trees set against the backdrop of a gorgeous sunset makes this one of the most beautiful spots anywhere. Add in a steel drum band that serenades visitors and you have a truly festive atmosphere. At low tide, you can even walk out to the furthest clam tree.