Amherst, MA, USA

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Amherst, MA, USA

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Delight in the Natural Landscape of Amherst

The area's art and sports are just some of the reasons to vacation in Amherst. This walkable and family-friendly city is well-known for its shopping, hiking and coffeehouses. Top attractions in the area include Springfield Armory, Volleyball Hall of Fame and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Why not consider a vacation rental for your family holiday, romantic stay or friends trip? Many rentals offer more space along with kitchens and Internet access.

I'll follow the sun in Amherst

Surrounded by the low ridges of the Holyoke mountain range, Amherst offers plenty of outdoor activities from late spring through the fall. Mount Norwottuck, the area's highest point, has hiking trails, and the Connecticut River is a major destination for boating, fishing, and kayaking. Between excursions, you can refuel at the many restaurants around the grassy Amherst Common, which also hosts regular farmers markets in the warmer months. Part of the UMass campus, the large Stonehenge-like sun wheel is also worth checking out, especially if you're visiting during a solstice or equinox.

Attractions In and Around Hampshire County

First time in Hampshire County and looking for places to see? Visitors searching for nearby cultural experiences can take a trip to Springfield Armory or spend an enlightening afternoon at Volleyball Hall of Fame or Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. To appreciate the outdoor scene, make time for green spaces such as Smith College Botanic Garden, Look Memorial Park and Joseph Skinner State Park.

You can take a shopping trip to Holyoke Mall. Also a trip to Dinosaur Footprints, Lyman Conservatory or Smith College might be a nice excursion.

Amherst _ the great white north

Amherst has a humid continental climate, with hot summers and cold, snowy winters, and a number of overcast days throughout the year. Summers are warm, with highs around 82_F in July and August. With students away for the holidays, you'll also find that prices on Amherst vacation rentals tend to be lower during this time of year. You may want to bring an umbrella, though _ most of the area's rain falls between May and October. Amherst's winters are chilly, with average highs in the 30s and lows in the teens from December through February, as well as plenty of snowfall.

Amherst, an uncanny valley

Amid the rolling fields of western Massachusetts, Amherst is located in the valley of the broad Connecticut River. The highest peak in the area is Mount Norwottuck, at a height of 1,106 feet above sea level. Despite the low elevation, the hilly ridges are especially popular in the fall, when brisk temperatures lead to a striking, colorful display of autumn foliage. The low-lying countryside is mostly farmland, and you can find several species of fish in the Connecticut River itself. An Amherst vacation rental will put you in the middle of a scenic, pastoral landscape with plenty of farms, fields, and dairies.