Northampton, Amherst, and Points North

Mount Holyoke students take frequent advantage of the free buses connecting the campuses of the Five Colleges, which also include Smith College in Northampton and Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Northampton and Amherst are favorite destinations for shopping, café hopping, and dining. The area's music scene is booming, with the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton and the Mullins Center at UMass presenting live shows by national artists, and numerous smaller venues showcasing local talent.

Outdoor enthusiasts can go skiing at Berkshire East, whitewater rafting on the Deerfield River, biking on the Norwottuck Rail Trail, or just take in the view at Mount Holyoke Range State Park.

Mount Holyoke students hiking
Students hiking Mount Holyoke Range State Park on Mountain Day