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The BerkshiresUnited States of America

This mountain range in west Massachusetts combines spectacular nature, world-class cultural destinations and charming New England towns. 

The Berkshires is a picturesque mountain range that runs for 98 miles (158 kilometers) along Massachusetts west border. Known for its scenic beauty and its cultural offerings, the Berkshires is one of the state’s top vacation destinations.

Bring a pair of comfortable hiking boots and explore the beautiful wilderness. Hike some of the famous Appalachian Trail, which runs through the Berkshires on its 2,160-mile (3,476.18-kilometer) journey. The Berkshires portion of the trail passes through spectacular peaks such as Mount Greylock and Mount Everett, along with small New England towns.

Explore the trees at the “living tree library” of Hebert Arboretum. This 231-acre (93.5-hectare) park lies in the city of Pittsfield, the largest town in the Berkshires. The arboretum is home to fields, forests and wildflowers. During the spring and fall, the garden is host to migrating songbirds.

Surround yourself with flowers at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) south of Pittsfield. Browse more than 3,000 species of plants in the botanical garden, which is one of the oldest public gardens in the United States. It was founded in 1934. Stay in Stockbridge to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum of Art, which has the world’s largest collection of work by the famous American artist. Rockwell spent the last several decades of his life in the town, and the museum displays over 500 pieces of his art.

If you’re in Stockbridge in summer, visit Tanglewood. The music venue is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and hosts regular music concerts.

Drive 1-hour north of Stockbridge to North Adams for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the largest and most renowned contemporary art centers in the United States. Look through 19 galleries in the converted factory space.

The best time to visit the Berkshires is in summer, when the Boston Symphony Orchestra is in residence and many visitors flock to the mountains from New York and Boston. Cold winters are best enjoyed indoors, but there are plenty of museums, concert halls and theaters to keep visitors occupied.

To learn more about all there is to do in the region, visit the official Berkshires of Western Massachusetts tourism website.

Top hotels in The Berkshires

Vacation Village in the Berkshires
Vacation Village in the Berkshires
3 out of 5
276 Brodie Mountain Rd, Hancock, MA
The price is £91 per night from 5 Nov to 6 Nov

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! (1,193 reviews)

"Incredible service and cleanliness. Amazing atmosphere and views and fantastic amenities."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

Vacation Village in the Berkshires
The Black Swan Lee - Lenox, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Black Swan Lee - Lenox, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
435 Laurel St, Lee, MA
The price is £84 per night from 12 Nov to 13 Nov

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Animagic Museum of Animation, Lee Library and Greenock Country Club. The Mount and Lee Prime ...

4.2/5Excellent! (665 reviews)

"Best place to stay in The Berkshires. Is just an amazing, super clean and beautiful place to stay. Highly recommended!!!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2020

The Black Swan Lee - Lenox, Ascend Hotel Collection
Courtyard by Marriott Lenox Berkshires
Courtyard by Marriott Lenox Berkshires
3 out of 5
70 Pittsfield Rd, Lenox, MA
The price is £87 per night from 3 Nov to 4 Nov

Situated in Lenox, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Kennedy Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Tanglewood Music Center. Lenox Library and Pleasant Valley Wilderness ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (224 reviews)

"Very comfortable and very clean property. Location is excellent. This is a great choice for a budget friendly, no frills, safe and comfortable stay."…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Lenox Berkshires
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in The Berkshires

Vacation Village in the Berkshires
Vacation Village in the Berkshires
3 out of 5
276 Brodie Mountain Rd, Hancock, MA
The price is £91 per night from 5 Nov to 6 Nov

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! (1,193 reviews)

"Incredible service and cleanliness. Amazing atmosphere and views and fantastic amenities."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

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 £117 per night from 5 Nov to 6 Nov

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! (677 reviews)

"Extremely nice rooms. Very spacious for a good price. Kitchen, living room, a big clean bedroom. Bathrooms could use a little improvement. Parking was close and convenient, property was clean and there was a lot to do."…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
The Ponds at Foxhollow by Capital Vacations
The Ponds at Foxhollow by Capital Vacations
3 out of 5
3 Foxhollow Drive Route 7, Lenox, MA

Situated in the entertainment district, this condo is within 3 miles (5 km) of The Mount, Animagic Museum of Animation and Lee Library. Greenock Country Club ...

4.2/5Very Good! (45 reviews)

"Beautiful property with tennis courts, bike rentals, and even a canoe to take advantage of the pond."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2020

The Ponds at Foxhollow by Capital Vacations
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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