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North Adams
Travel Guide

Festivals, modern art and funky exhibitions housed in old factory buildings are part of the revitalization of this former industrial center.

This small Berkshires town of North Adams is a big attraction for art lovers who come to appreciate its regeneration. Investigate street art and small independent galleries, as well as a large center for contemporary visual and performing arts.

Once an industrial hub, North Adams now buzzes with cultural activity. Explore the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts, also known as MASS MoCA, a vast complex of 26 former factory buildings now dedicated to art, music, film, dance and theater. Spread over 13 acres (5 hectares), the institution showcases breathtaking works of large proportions that wouldn’t fit in more conventional galleries.

Find more art outside the famous museum. Discover many murals painted on walls in the surrounding streets, plus exhibits by students and faculty at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA). See these works and art from international and national artists at Gallery 51, which hosts several exhibitions annually.

Attend cultural events year-round as part of MCLA Presents! Catch world-renowned and local artists at activities ranging from music festivals on the college grounds to poetry readings and theatrical events downtown. On the last Thursday of each month during the DownStreet Art festival many of the local art galleries, venues and restaurants stay open late. The festival runs from late June through mid-October. See works from local and national artists and speak with artists and curators.

The town celebrates its past as a major industrial center at Western Gateway Heritage State Park. Learn about the Hoosac Tunnel, a railroad tunnel running through the Hoosac Mountains, linking Massachusetts to Albany. Watch a documentary detailing the tunnel’s history and experiment with a vintage floor scale used for weighing heavy loads. Check the schedule for concerts, lectures and other park events.

North Adams is a 50 mile (80 Kilometer) drive east of Albany. Buses connect it to Albany and to other major towns and cities in the region. If you want to explore the countryside and smaller towns, rent a car. With its trendy cafés, galleries and energetic atmosphere, North Adams is an ideal cultural getaway.

Top hotels in North Adams

Holiday Inn Berkshires
Holiday Inn Berkshires
3 out of 5
40 Main St, North Adams, MA
The price is £99 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Located in the heart of North Adams, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Adams Public Library and Mass MoCA. Western Gateway Heritage State Park and Windsor ...

4.1/5Very Good! (663 reviews)

"Room had a food smell & curtains didn’t block out streetlights."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2021

Holiday Inn Berkshires
The Porches Inn
The Porches Inn
3.5 out of 5
231 River Street, North Adams, MA
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Located in the heart of North Adams, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Western Gateway Heritage State Park and Mass MoCA. North Adams Public Library and Natural ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (228 reviews)

"The Porches Inn was a very relaxing place to stay. Two nice relaxing chairs in front of the tv. A large bathroom with shower and separate tub."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2020

The Porches Inn
Rose and Goat Retreat
Rose and Goat Retreat
4 out of 5
9 Moores Rd, North Adams, MA
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Offering ski-in/ski-out access, this resort in North Adams is in the mountains, within 6 mi (10 km) of Savoy Mountain State Forest and Mohawk Trail State Forest, ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Lovely home

"A bit remote but so lovely. It's more a villa than a hotel. Fully equipped with kitchen, barbecue and whatever you need. The hosts are very nice. What a warm welcome. In close distance you find great hiking tours, bicycle rentals, rafting etc."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2016

Rose and Goat Retreat
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Top Holiday Rentals in North Adams

Beautiful Berkshire Lakeside Home In The North Adams/Williamstown Area
Beautiful Berkshire Lakeside Home In The North Adams/Williamstown Area
226 Bradley Street Extension, North Adams, MA

Located in the mountains, this slopeside holiday home offers ski-in/ski-out access in North Adams within 2 miles (3 km) of Windsor Lake Park and Mass MoCA, and ...

5/5Exceptional! (46 reviews)
Fantastic Berkshire cottage experience

"Windsor Cottage was an amazing place to stay. We arrived just after the foliage peak when it was starting to get cold and rainy. Still, we had wonderful hikes by day, and warm, cozy evenings in the cottage. It was a marvelous change of scenery for city folk like us. We are already planning our next ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2020

Beautiful Berkshire Lakeside Home In The North Adams/Williamstown Area
Vacation Village in the Berkshires
Vacation Village in the Berkshires
3 out of 5
276 Brodie Mountain Rd, Hancock, MA
The price is £83 per night from 23 Mar to 24 Mar

Situated in Hancock, this condo is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort and within 6 miles (10 km) of Mount Greylock State Reservation and Pittsfield ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,295 reviews)

"Check in was fairly easy and the condo units are spacious and clean. It's a nice place to stay with my family."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2021

Vacation Village in the Berkshires
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
3 out of 5
37 Corey Rd, Hancock, MA
The price is £133 per night from 28 Mar to 29 Mar

Located in the mountains, this Hancock condominium resort offering ski-in/ski-out access is 6.1 mi (9.7 km) from Mount Greylock State Reservation Visitor Center ...

4/5Very Good! (698 reviews)

"niece place for winter vacation"…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2021

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
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