5 Classic Cape Cod Lighthouses | See before they are in the Sea

Mike Hogan -
Updated on March 6th, 2018


These 5 Classic Cape Cod Lighthouses have something in common


A sand base and heavy erosion means these Cape Cod lighthouses shouldn’t be taken for granted….come see them while you can!  The Local’s Guide tours the Cape from point to point to bring out the best in time for summer season.  These 5 classic Cape Cod lighthouses are sure to ignite a spark, we hope to see you soon!

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Nobska Lighthouse | Woods Hole


Easy access, serene surroundings, and spectacular views over to the Vineyard ensures this is one of the Cape Cod lighthouses that will stick with you.  Renovations are in progress and tours should reopen in 2018.  If you love lighthouses, think about donating to the Friends of Nobska Light.  They are a local group that cares for the lighthouse and tries to keep it available for future generations to see.

Cape Cod LighthousesChatham Lighthouse | Chatham


Easy parking, big views of the Chatham spit, even public telescopes makes this a Cape Cod lighthouse not to miss.  Enjoy the views of the fishing boats on their way from the Chatham Pier to the open ocean or pleasure craft cruising the harbor.  Seals will play at times and kayakers are a regular fixture.  Chatham Lighthouse beach is also one of the best for long walks and isolation.  Tours are available during the season and don’t forget, most of these Cape Cod lighthouses will be open early for tours in May for Cape Cod’s Maritime Days.  May is a great month to be on Cape, be sure to check out our specials if you are looking for a reservation.

Cape Cod LighthousesNauset Lighthouse | Eastham


Nauset Lighthouse is surely one of the most classic of the Cape Cod lighthouses with its red and white color scheme and picturesque caretakers cottage.  It doesn’t hurt that it looks over the Outer Cape like a sentinel; some of the best scenery on Cape Cod sits under the cliffs a short distance away.  There is easy parking, tours, and a beach worth spending the day on so enjoy this lighthouse and the views that come with it.

Cape Cod LighthousesHighland Lighthouse | Truro


Highland Lighthouse, or affectionately known as THE Cape Cod lighthouse, is a stunning example of erosion in action.  Of the original 10 acre site, only four remain!  This is Cape Cod’s first lighthouse, commissioned by President George Washington in 1797.  There’s history in the sand and a lot of it begins on the Outer Cape.  See what makes Cape Cod such a special place with this great example of one of the Cape Cod lighthouses that has survived the punishment of the Atlantic and Nor’Easters to still offer tours daily (in the season).

Cape Cod LighthousesRace Point Lighthouse | Provincetown


There are three Cape Cod lighthouses in Provincetown…three!  They can be seen easily enough, from a distance but, expect a hike if you want to visit up close.  Or, don’t forget Art’s Dune tours as a great option to land you on the doorstep of one of the best, Race Point lighthouse.  Classic Cape Cod lighthouses at their finest.

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