Plan Your Sturbridge and Pioneer Valley Vacation

Historic settlements line the majestic Connecticut River, the wide and winding waterway that runs through Western Massachusetts. Springfield, known for its family-friendly attractions and museums, and a cluster of college towns and quaint, rural villages, form a highly visible portion of the Pioneer Valley.

Educational pioneers established major colleges, including Mount Holyoke, Amherst, Smith, Hampshire, and the University of Massachusetts. Northampton and Amherst serve as cultural hubs; both have become desirable places to live, drawing former city dwellers who relish the ample natural scenery, sophisticated cultural venues, and lively dining and shopping.

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