Diverse Landscapes in the Pioneer Valley
One of the most unique aspects of the Pioneer Valley is the variety found in its landscape. At its southern base, visitors enjoy proximity to the cities of Springfield, western Massachusetts’ largest city, and Holyoke. Some of the leading tourism sites in the region are located in or near downtown Springfield, including the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Six Flags New England and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. Those who enjoy the night life can be found visiting the concentration of restaurants and nightclubs located within several adjacent blocks in downtown Springfield.
Midway up the Valley, the scenery changes a bit to incorporate the distinctly artistic and collegiate flavors of Northampton, Amherst and their nearby towns. Downtown Northampton, in particular, is a popular mecca for the thousands of nearby college and university students, as well as art aficionados, who enjoy its eclectic shops, restaurants, galleries and clubs. Amherst and Northampton, in particular, are popular for being gay-friendly towns.
The final northernmost segment of the valley is where all the urban hustle and bustle fades away, leaving pristine scenery, rolling hills and lush landscape. Outdoor enthusiasts pursue hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and horseback riding amid the rural splendor. Whether people are seeking attractions or distractions, they’ll find both – in abundance – in the Pioneer Valley.
Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
1441 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103