One of New England's most visited spots, Amherst is known for its scores of world-renowned authors, poets, and artists. The above-average intelligence quotient of its population is no accident, as Amherst is home to a trio of colleges, Amherst, Hampshire, and the University of Massachusetts. Art galleries, book and music stores, and several downtown cultural venues tickle the intellectual fancy of the college-age crowd, the locals, and the profs.


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