Outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers of all ages will get a kick out of Mount Holyoke Range State Park. Located just a short drive from downtown, this park has a seven mile ridge that offers impressive views of all surrounding communities. The hiking trails are great for those who are in good shape, and some of the trails are suitable for beginners too. The park also has several walking trails, a visitors center, picnic areas and horseback riding trails. Located at the College named after the city, the Mead Art Museum is a can't miss destination in the city. Anyone who loves art will find that special piece that speaks to them and will make them want to linger longer. This museum has a permanent collection of pieces from the UK, Russia, Tibet, Mexico, Europe and even America. In addition to paintings and sculptures, you'll have the chance to view less traditional pieces like cave paintings and prints. This museum also offers some special collections and traveling exhibits too. One unexpected place to visit on your Massachusetts trip is the Yiddish Book Center. If you ever wanted to learn more about the history and culture of the Jewish faith, now is your chance. While you might think this center is only open to practicing Jews, it welcomes visitors of all faiths and denominations. Its permanent collection features memorabilia relating to Jewish people from all across the country and around the world. Visitors can also check out unique exhibits that are only available for a limited time. The Yiddish Book Center has digital archives that you can look through on your trip and a small gift shop that offers souvenirs for visitors. Emily Dickinson is one of the most famous poets in the world. Though she began writing during her youth, most did not know about her poems until her sister started publishing her work after Dickinson passed away. The Emily Dickinson Museum now lets you get to know this amazing poet and how her life influenced her work. This complex features two different homes. One is where Dickinson herself lived and the other is the house next door that her brother owned. You can see some of her original writings, view clothing and memorabilia and even pick up souvenirs from the attached gift shop.
Many people know Eric Carle as the illustrator of picture books for kids like The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Carle and his wife later decided to open a museum that would let visitors learn more about the work that illustrators do and some of the pieces they created over the years. This museum runs special exhibits that highlight the work created by specific illustrators, but it also has a permanent collection of work created by Carle and other artists. You can also sign up for a class and hone your own drawing skills. No trip here is complete without a visit to the Beneski Museum of Natural History. Located on the AC campus, this museum offers a unique look at how nature in the region changed over the years. The museum owes its foundation to a college professor who started collecting specimens during the early 19th century. Some of the items he preserved are still on display today. You can view complete skeletons of dinosaurs that once roamed the earth, specimens relating to extinct animals, minerals found in locations around the world and even samples of meteorites. The large artifacts on display here wow and amaze visitors. Make your trip to Amherst more exciting than you ever imagined. With one of our rentals, you'll never again find yourself lost as you try to make your way to some of the city's top attractions. Find a rental large enough for your family reunion, your group of friends or even your coworkers for a business trip. You can then make a list of all the things you want to see and do.
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