The Five Colleges
In Pioneer Valley, you will find a Five College Consortium. Three of these colleges are within the city of Amherst: Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The other two, Mount Holyoke College and Smith College, are just miles outside of town. This allows for the students of these schools to have a much wider range of educational and recreational opportunities. For example, cross-registration between each of the five college is encouraged, which allows students to take classes at the other institutions as well. This makes the Amherst a great place for students, as well as families with future graduates of their own.
Dickinson Homestead a
The Emily Dickinson Homestead and Museum is a must-see for literary enthusiasts. Just north of downtown Amherst, the Dickinson Homestead is the birthplace of famous American poet Emily Dickinson, who lived in the home from 1855 to 1886. It was shortly after her death that her poems were discovered in her bedroom. Today, this historic home has been converted into the Emily Dickinson Museum and is open to the public for guided tours from April through December. For true poets and poetry-lovers, the museum also hosts several literary events for the public each year.
Mount Norwottuck and
Within the borders of Amherst lies the impressive Mount Norwottuck. At over 1,000 feet above sea level, this is one of the highest peaks of the Holyoke Range. For those willing to make the hike to the top along the Monadnock Trail, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside of Amherst. On the hike back down, make sure to stop at the Horse Caves located near the base of Mount Norwottuck. According to legend, these caves were used as shelter by some men that were fighting with Daniel Shays in Shays' Rebellion during the Revolutionary War period.