Aquinnah Cliffs , Martha’s Vineyard [4K]


For those seeking one of the best sunsets on the East Coast, a drive to Aquinnah, the western-end of the island, is a must to catch the golden-hued sunset that awes thousands of visitors every year. Known as Gay Head between 1870 and 1997, Aquinnah has a peaceful serenity to its town, one you won’t find anywhere else on island.


The Aquinnah Cliffs are truly a spectacular view, and hold a special place of historical reverence to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, native to the island and federally recognized tribe. Historically known as one of the earliest locations of whaling thanks to the Wampanoags long history of harpooning whales but then with commercial whaling becoming the biggest industry in the area in the 19th century, this town is steeped with history on all accounts.


Wampanoag history tells the story of how the cliffs were created by their ancestors, who date back to over 10,000 years ago. The English arrived to the island in 1669, and although called “first settlers”, the truly first settlers to the area were the Wampanoag, related to the larger Algonquin Nation of Southern New England.


Aquinnah, meaning “land under the hill” in the Wampanoag language, is a diverse community of not only tribal members, but islanders that have made the town their home.

Location: Aquinnah Martha’s Vineyard , Massachusetts, USA

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