You can’t help but think about lighthouses when you plan a trip to Cape Cod. Dotting the rugged and sandy coastline of Cape Cod there are 14 different lighthouses to see and admire. Some still offer tours inside while others are meant to be admired from afar. We’ve put together our list of five iconic Cape Cod lighthouses you must see during your stay.
Located in the settlement of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on the southwestern tip of Cape Cod, sits the Nobska Lighthouse. Part of what makes a visit to this iconic Cape Cod lighthouse is its breathtaking views of Nonamesset Island and Martha’s Vineyard. Established in 1826, the lighthouse has seen 12 different light keepers. The light station includes four buildings; the light tower, the keeper’s house, a radio beacon house, and a small oil house. Right now, the site can be visited but tours are not currently available.
Near the “elbow” of Cape Cod sits one of the most iconic Cape Cod lighthouses, Chatham Lighthouse. As the second lighthouse established in Cape Cod, the original station was built in 1808 with two wooden towers. Later replaced with sturdier materials, one of the towers was eventually moved to Eastham and became Nauset Light in 1923. As one of the few lighthouses in America that still operates 24 hours a day, there are designated tours available to visitors.
As one of the more classic looking lighthouses, Nauset Lighthouse is easily recognizable with its red and white color scheme and the picturesque care-takers cottage that sits alongside. With views of the Outer Cape and some of the best scenery of Cape Cod, you’ll want to have your camera handy. Tours of the tower and caretaker house are available during the summer.
Better known as The Cape Cod Lighthouse, the Highland Lighthouse is a visible example of how sand erosion has affected coastal lighthouses, with only four of the ten acres remaining at the site. Originally commissioned by George Washington in 1797, the Highland Lighthouse was the first lighthouse built in Cape Cod. Open to the public on a regular basis, there are tours and events available for visitors during the summer.
Race Point Lighthouse
At the most northern tip of Cape Cod, in Provincetown, sits the stoic Race Point Lighthouse. As one of three lighthouses visitors can view in Provincetown, Race Point Lighthouse is a classic example of history and charm. Visitors can reach the lighthouse via a 45-minute walk through the sand for an active adventure. Public tours are offered spring through fall, 2019 schedule can be viewed here.
Stay at Hyannis Holiday Motel
As a central locale for visiting Cape Cod, Hyannis Holiday Motel is the perfect home-base for exploring the area and these iconic Cape Cod lighthouses. Stay with us in one of our affordable motel rooms for an unforgettable getaway enjoying beautiful waterfront landscapes and an idyllic location for exploring all that Cape Cod has to offer.