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See the ''whole'' Provincetown!

July 21st, 2013

How do you get an overview of an entire town in a limited amount of time? Through tours and the museums, of course! They are a way to get a complete overview of a place, from its creative flair to its history and natural environment. Happily, there are a wide variety of ways to get that flavor, all in the course of a weekend.

Your ride includes a retro helmet and goggles, a stop or two along the route for photography opportunities, and a vintage style black and white photo of you.

One of the coolest ways to tour our prize-winning natural environment is with Cape Cod Vintage Sidecar Tours. A great tour for a single or couple, you'll have the unique opportunity to tour the Cape Cod National Seashore from the sidecar of a gorgeously maintained vintage Royal Enfield motorcycle operated by international award-winning photographer and vintage motorcycle enthusiast Terry Rozo (you may see her riding around town with her little black dog Butch in the sidecar). Your ride includes a retro helmet and goggles, a stop or two along the route for photography opportunities, and a vintage style black and white photo of you in the Royal Enfield to print at home (she emails a digital file to you)!

Those who prefer four wheels can hop on the Provincetown Trolley Tours, which will take you on a 40-minute narrated tour of town, the first landing place of the Pilgrims. You'll travel Commercial Street, see the art district, hundreds of boutiques, and beautiful Cape Cod homes, as well as panoramic views of Provincetown Harbor, Cape Cod Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. Expert narration includes such subjects as the "graveyard of the Atlantic", the Pilgrim Memorial Monument and Museum, playwright Eugene O'Neill, and the oldest home in Provincetown, constructed of timbers from shipwrecks (c.1746).

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For a literal view of the entire town, you can visit the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum! You'll learn about the town's history as a Portuguese fishing village, artist colony and more, and if you have the courage to climb to the top of the Monument, which is 252 feet, 7.5 inches tall and rises 350 feet above sea level, you'll find 360 degree views of Town and the Outer Cape! If you're hungry after that climb, you can pick up a sandwich, drinks, ice cream treats, and pastries at their Shallop Café, and if you want to bring back gifts for family and friends, there are a variety of lovely (and reasonably priced) objects to choose from in their gift shop.

Fans of ghosts and ghouls, pirates and things that go bump in the night will love Provincetown Ghost Tours, which run Thursday through Monday nights at 9:00 pm. The 90 minute walking tour leaves The Coffee Pot in Lopes Square, travels about a mile around town, explores many of the town's historical buildings, Inns and cemeteries. You'll hear tales of the past, reported ghost stories and strange happenings. Rates are reasonable, and tours and the tour guide have been called "informative and entertaining", "awesome", and "engaging and knowledgeable". It's guaranteed to please all members of your family or group!

You may, like a lot of year-rounders, be attracted by the raw beauty of our natural environment. If so, one of the best ways to enjoy it is with Art's Dune Tours, which will take you deep into the dunes of the Natural Seashore, offering great viewing opportunities for both nature lovers and photographers. They've been doing it for 60+ years, and offer a choice of tours ranging from their standard one-hour tour, one and a half hour tours of Race Point Lighthouse on Sundays, and sunset tours with or without dinner!

Finally, art lovers don't want to miss a view of our creative past and present at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum! Current exhibitions include "Art of the Garden" and the Members' 12x12" exhibition and auction.

Chris Daniels is a writer, photographer and office-guru-about-town who shares her life with a bossy cat and “Damon, the Dog With the Toy”

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