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The Aquinnah Cliffs (also known as Gay Head Cliffs) are a popular tourist destination located on the western end of Martha’s Vineyard Island, Massachusetts. The cliffs are made up of lovely, colorful clay layers and stand well over 100 feet tall. It is said that whale, camel, and wild horse fossils have been discovered in the cliff layers. One of the best viewpoints is the Aquinnah Cliffs Overlook.

On the cliffs, the Gay Head Lighthouse is located. Of the 5 lighthouses standing on Martha’s Vineyard, Gay Head Lighthouse is the only working lighthouse. The lighthouse on Gay Head was built in 1856. At the bottom of the cliffs is Moshup Beach which is popular among locals and tourists.

The cliffs are beautiful to view at any time in the day, but they really are most remarkable during sunsets. Aquinnah Cliffs were even named the “Most Beautiful Place in Massachusetts” by Conde Nast Traveler. The National Park Service also designated the cliffs a National Landmark in 1965.

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