Pioneer Valley

Where We Stop

UMass Amherst

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Home to over 27,000 students, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the largest public university in New England. UMass Amherst is a great stop if you’re looking to explore Amherst or Northampton.

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Mount Holyoke College

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Founded in 1837, Mount Holyoke College is  a women’s liberal arts college located in South Hadley, MA. It has been ranked as “Most Beautiful Campus” for numerous years and boasts some of the most exquisite architecture in the area.

Smith College

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Located in Northampton MA, Smith College is the largest of the all-women’s Seven Sisters institutions. Founded in 1875, Smith’s beautiful campus is home to one of the most renowned Botanic Gardens in the region.

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The Pioneer Valley is a gorgeous region of Western Massachusetts known for its stunning landscape, its picturesque farmland, its majestic mountain ranges, and rich intellectual environment. It is also famously known for  its Five College Consortium, home to Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Each college is within minutes of each other and connected by a free, inter-college bus.



Other notable attractions in the Pioneer Valley include


Northampton and Amherst

Located in the heart of Hampshire County,  Northampton and Amherst offer a rich mix of culture and adventure. Discover locally owned, independent shops that offer those rare treasures you won’t find anywhere else. Check out for to find out where to stay, what to eat, where to shop, what to do along the way and of course, the latest happenings you won’t want to miss. Both are easily and quickly accessibly by a free bus ride from our UMass stop.


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The Emily Dickinson Museum

The Emily Dickinson Museum includes The Homestead, where poet Emily Dickinson was born and lived most of her life, and The Evergreens, home of the poet’s brother and his family. The two houses share three acres of the original Dickinson property in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts. The museum is easily accessible from via the PVTA from our UMass stop or Mount Holyoke stop.


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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

The first full-scale museum in the country dedicated to national and international picture book art is located right next to the Hampshire College campus. The museum was founded by Eric Carle, author of the renowned “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and his wife, Barbara Carle.Located on the Hampshire College campus, it’s a 10-minute, free bus ride from our Mount Holyoke College stop.


yiddish circleThe Yiddish Book Center

Dedicated to the telling and preserving the whole Jewish story, the Yiddish Book Center rescues, translates, and disseminates Yiddish books and presents innovative educational programs that broaden the understanding of the modern Jewish identity. Located on the Hampshire College campus, it’s a 10-minute, free bus ride from our Mount Holyoke College stop.

Pioneer Valley Events

 Check out these great sites to learn more about the Pioneer Valley and its many awesome events!