Why you should go to Provincetown !

Since the 1970s, the anything-goes atmosphere of Provincetown has drawn large numbers of LGBTQ tourists, and the 2010 U.S. Census revealed it had the highest number of same-sex couples in the country. There are only about 3,000 year-round residents, but those numbers swell tremendously from May to October, when the town fills with tourist for months of clambakes, art openings, drag shows, bonfires and tea dances. It's both a place to see and be seen and one where you can get away from it all. Its magic lies there somewhere in between.

The Pilgrims arrived in Provincetown over 400 years ago, and its evolution into an artsy LGBTQ paradise is one of the most interesting stories in New England. Combining free-spirited bohemianism with a sophisticated urban edge, Provincetown can be difficult to describe. Rustic beach town? Yes, but it's also one of the top theater and cabaret spots in the region. Home to pristine natural ecosystems? Definitely, but the bar scene here is just as wild and free. Thoreau once said, "A man may stand there and put all America behind him," and the sandy edge of Provincetown can certainly feel like the end of the world, albeit one with excellent taste in cuisine and the visual arts.

Provincetown is America's oldest art colony, and the number of great talents who've called this place home is extraordinary: Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Blanche Lazzell, Milton Avery, Jack Tworkov, Norman Rockwell and Edward Hopper are just a few. But it's also heralded as the birthplace of American Theater, with playwrights like Eugene O'Neill and Tennessee Williams claiming inspiration from its shores. Surrounding this artistic pedigree is breathtaking coastal scenery and marine life - in fact you'd be hard pressed to find another place on earth where you can whale watch in the morning and catch a Broadway-worthy staging of "The Glass Menagerie" at night.

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Getting around

Provincetown is only about three miles wide, and parking is extremely scarce, so most visitors should plan to rely on walking or cycling as their main method of transportation. If you feel like a joy-ride, however, there's always a trusty pedicab nearby, which can be a fun way to get home from the bars at night. Luckily, despite its remote location, Provincetown is easily accessible by car, bus, ferry, and air. Just a two and a half hour drive from Boston and Boston's Logan Airport, there are also three fast-ferry trips a day from Boston Harbor to Provincetown's MacMillan Wharf. The trip takes about 90 minutes, and costs $79 round-trip; $49 one-way.
Because parking can be so difficult to find, it's recommended to leave rental cars for day trips. Everything is easily reachable on foot or bike, so if you need to have a car, keep it in the parking lot at your accommodations, and use it only for longer distance trips like beaches and state parks.
Bicycle rental is readily available in Provincetown and one of the nicest ways to get around downtown. Most bicycle rentals can be arranged on Commercial Street, but many of the local Bed & Breakfasts will offer them as well. There are also plenty of opportunities to take your bike off-road, including the seven-mile Province Lands Trail - one of the finest bike paths in New England with a stunning array of scenery.
The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority maintains a Provincetown shuttle that stops at nine convenient stations around town from the airport to the North Truro Camping Grounds. Fare is $2 each way, and day passes can be purchased for $6. You will need exact fare when boarding.
Provincetown has several taxi services, and they're all fast, friendly, and reliable. The Mercedes Cab Company maintains a charming fleet of vintage cars, while Jody's Taxi charges only $8 from MacMillan Wharf to any destination in town. Another unique P-Town touch are the pedicabs, whose high-energy drivers will bike you around town for whatever fee you think the ride is worth. Cheaper than taxis and much more fun, you should be sure to take a pedicab at least once.