Head "up island" to escape the crowds but still enjoy one of America's iconic islands.
Photo: Brooks Kraft
The historic village of Aquinnah is at the western end of the island. Also known as Gay Head, Aquinnah is home to the Wampanoag Indians and the Aquinnah Cliffs that meet the sea in sediment layers of bright red, orange, silver, and white clay. Because of erosion, the cliffs aren't safe for climbing, but they're a photo op must.
For another dramatic sea view, the clifftop Aquinnah Shop Restaurant serves fresh seafood in a kitschy diner atmosphere, and the adjacent Gay Head Light is open seasonally for tours.