Students outnumber year-round residents in this pleasant college town located 18 mi/30 km north of Springfield, which is home to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College and Hampshire College. While there, visit poet Emily Dickinson's home (reservations recommended), the Mead Art Museum (located at Amherst College and containing noteworthy paintings by Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Marsden Hartley and Childe Hassam as well as the country's foremost collection of Japanese woodblock prints) and the Jones Library (collections of works by Dickinson and Robert Frost).

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