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Western Mass Driving Tour from Williamstown to North Adams

driving tour williamstown massachusettsGoing out for a drive has long been a much-loved pastime around Western Massachusetts due to the beautiful scenery and plentiful winding roads. The Mohawk Trail Association has created 5 driving tours which take you through the best parts of Western Mass, with many opportunities to stop and explore along the way. The first Driving Tour is approximately 55 miles and starts in Williamstown, home to Williams College.

Begin your journey on the Williams College Campus, where history and art converge at the Chapin Library of Rare Books in Stetson Hall. Here, you can marvel at original copies of the Four Founding Documents of the United States, a testament to the nation's heritage. Just across Main Street lies the Williams College Museum of Art, showcasing a diverse collection ranging from American and contemporary art to non-western art forms.

As you continue west along Main Street, be sure to admire the Gothic beauty of the Thompson Memorial Chapel and the picturesque charm of the First Congregational Church. For theater enthusiasts, the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance promises captivating performances, courtesy of the renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Venturing further west, Field Park offers a glimpse into the town's history with a faithful reproduction of a colonial-era house. Nearby, the Milne Memorial Library stands as a beacon of knowledge and learning.

Leaving Williamstown behind, head east on Route 2 to North Adams, where history meets contemporary art at the MASS MoCA. Housed in a historic mill complex, this vibrant cultural institution hosts art exhibitions, music concerts, and multimedia events throughout the year. Don't miss the chance to experience the excitement of the Fall Foliage Festival and Parade, a cherished tradition in the area.

Nature lovers will find solace in the serene beauty of Natural Bridge State Park, home to a stunning natural bridge carved from white marble. Nearby, the Mohawk Trail beckons with its breathtaking vistas and historic significance as an ancient Native American pathway.

As you traverse the trail, marvel at the Hairpin Turn and Whitcomb Summit, where panoramic views await. Choose your own adventure at the crossroads near Savoy Mountain State Forest, whether it's exploring charming towns like Charlemont and Shelburne Falls or embarking on a scenic drive back to North Adams.

Before concluding your journey, take a moment to immerse yourself in the rich heritage of North Adams at the Western Gateway Heritage State Park. From restored freight yards to captivating exhibits on local history, this park offers a glimpse into the region's past and present.

As you make your way back to Williamstown, reflect on the memories made and the sights seen along this unforgettable driving tour of Western Massachusetts. Whether you're a history buff, art aficionado, or nature enthusiast, this region has something to captivate every traveler's heart.


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