This is it: Provincetown is as far as you can go on the Cape, and more than just geographically. The draw is irresistible. Fringe writers and artists began making a summer haven in Provincetown a century ago. Today this sandy outpost has morphed into the hottest LGBTIQ+ destination in the Northeast.

Flamboyant street scenes, brilliant art galleries and unbridled nightlife paint the town center. But that's only half the show. Provincetown's untamed coastline and vast beaches also beg to be explored. Sail off on a whale-watching tour, cruise the night away, get lost in the dunes – it's all easy to do in Provincetown.

Summers, specifically between June and August, are when the town shines brightest, but you'll still find plenty of nature adventure opportunities in the spring and fall. Whenever you decide to come, make sure you don't miss this unique, welcoming corner of New England.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Provincetown.