NewEnglandTravelPlanner.com Logo   Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts
The great Connecticut River glides through western Massachusetts from north to south. The "Great Tidal River" was a highway to the interior for English pioneers in the 1630s, giving this region its name.

 

 

West of Worcester and Quabbin Reservoir, east of the Berkshire Hills, Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley is marked by Greenfield to the north and Springfield to the south, connected by the valley thoroughfare of Interstate 91 (map).

The alluvial riverbed soil is rich, and English settlers were farming at Springfield as early as 1636. The river provided easy transport to markets in New York and Philadelphia.

Centered on Hampshire County, this "Five College area" is an educational center boasting four colleges—Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith—and the University of Massachusetts.

Amherst

Famous for the college of that name, and for the sprawling University of Massachusetts, Amherst is the quintessential New England college town. More...

Deerfield

Old Deerfield is one of the most gracious, best-preserved colonial and Federal-style towns in the country. More...

Northampton

Home to Smith College, Northampton is the shopping and restaurant mecca of the central Pioneer Valley. More...

South Hadley

Mount Holyoke College is the main reason to visit South Hadley. More...

Springfield

Besides its famous armory (1777), Springfield has a history of mechanical innovation: the motorcycle was invented here, as was basketball, and Rolls-Royce cars were once built in its workshops. More...




Amherst

Deerfield

Northampton

South Hadley

Springfield

Berkshire Hills

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Georgian Stone House, Amherst MA

A Georgian-style stone house, now a library, in Amherst MA.