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You can get high two ways in North Adams: on Massachusetts's highest mountain, and on contemporary art and performances.

by Tom Brosnahan
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North Adams, a former industrial town in the extreme northwestern corner of Massachusetts 131 miles (211 km) northwest of Boston, at the northern extent of the Berkshire Hills (map), is now know mainly for two things: Mount Greylock, the highest mountain in Massachusetts, and MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art).

It is a small but pleasant town with a restored and beautified 19th-century Main Street (called DownStreet by locals) grand churches and mansions from the town's 19th-century industrial heyday, and adequate hospitality services, with many more nearby.

Mount Greylock

At 3491 feet (1064 meters), Mount Greylock is no Matterhorn, but it is a great hiking and scenic-view destination and, according to Harry Potter author J K Rowling, it is where Mayflower Pilgrim Isolt Sayre established the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. More...

Mass MoCA

MASS MoCA's reason for being is to present moern works of art that cannot easily be displayed in traditional museums. Its many renovated factory spaces can easily shelter gigantic works and display them to advantage.

MASS MoCA's presence here has enhanced the lively arts scene in this corner of Massachusetts. Visit this world-renowned innovative museum and you can also easily visit the nearby Clark Art Institute, the Williams College Museum of Art, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Bennington Museum in neighboring Vermont. More...

Other Attractions

Natural Bridge State Park is right next door to North Adams, and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts draws students from the state, the nation and the world. More...

It's worth visiting the town for these attractions alone, but many visitors include nearby cultural destinations such as other Berkshire Hills towns such as Pittsfield, Lenox, Lee and Stockbridge. More...

Where to Stay

Though it doesn't have many hotels and inns, the ones it has are very satisfying, and there are plenty more in nearby Williamstown and Bennington. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

North Adams Inns & Hotels

Williamstown Hotels & Inns

Berkshires Hotels, Motels & Inns


Mount Greylock

What to See & Do

Berkshires Transportation

Tourist Information


About the Berkshire Hills

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Church Steeples, North Adams MA

Church spires in an early morning scene
in North Adams MA, looking toward Mount Greylock.

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