Going Up? Take to Higher Ground for Great Views of Cape Cod

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There are some wonderful ways to take in dazzling panoramic views of Cape Cod that will allow you to see from one end of the peninsula to the other. Here are five of the best.

The view from the top of Scargo Tower.

The view from the top of Scargo Tower.

1.      Pamet Area TrailsOK, so you’re saying, excuse me, a walking trail? That’s right. This trail, located in Truro just off Route 6, is barely more than one-half mile both ways with extensions, but it ascends both summits of Bearberry Hill, which offers spectacular views (top photo) of the surrounding landscape, the Atlantic Ocean and the glacial terrain of the Pamet River valley. Along the way, the trail showcases dramatic geology and rare plants. You can also access a one-way trail to the Pamet Cranberry Bog House and another through the Truro hills to two overlooks with benches and ocean views.

2.      Scargo TowerCreated in 1901 and located off Route 6A in Dennis, this 30-foot high cobblestone tower sits atop the highest hill in the Mid-Cape and features breathtaking panoramic views of Scargo Lake and Cape Cod Bay. Once you climb the 38 steps of the graffiti emblazoned circular stairway and reach the observation platform, you can see from Plymouth to Provincetown. Check it out at sunset, when the views are especially stunning.

P-town Air Tour's vintage plane. Photo via website.

P-town Air Tour’s vintage plane. Photo via website.

3.      Take to the Skies: Savor views of Provincetown, the dunes, the beaches, the light house, the Pilgrim Monument, Truro and Wellfleet Harbor with P-town Air Tours aboard a completely renovated 1940 Waco UPF7 Biplane. The plane was originally sold to the Department of Defense in September 1940 and was primarily used as a pilot trainer for a number of years. You’ll also see whales, seals and sharks. The plane flies two passengers side by side. There is also a restored Cessna 172 that accommodates three people.

 

 

Climb the stairs at Highland Light for an epic view.

Climb the stairs at Highland Light for an epic view.

4.      The Pilgrim MonumentThis is the first site you see upon entering Provincetown. Standing at 252 feet high, it’s the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt spoke at the laying of the cornerstone in 1907, and President William Taft was in attendance to celebrate its completion in 1910. It was erected to celebrate the Mayflower Pilgrims’ landing in the New World in Provincetown in 1620. They spent five weeks here before sailing on to Plymouth. At the base is a museum, which opened in 1910, that educates the public about Provincetown’s role in American history.

5.      Highland LightPreviously known as Cape Cod Light., this active lighthouse, located in Truro, was erected in 1857, replacing two earlier towers that had been built in 1797 and 1831. It sits 120 feet above the ocean, is the oldest and tallest lighthouse on the Cape and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In July of 1996, when it was only 100 feet away from the edge of the cliff, the lighthouse was moved to its present location. The grounds are open year-round, while the lighthouse is open to the public from May until late October, with guided tours available.