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We live in the little state of Rhode Island, and we’re neighbors of Massachusetts. As close as we are to the border, the amount of things to do there never ceases to amaze me. From Cape Cod, the city of Boston and our recent favorite… the Berkshires. It’s simply one corner to discover to another and they are all so unique. Up until a few years ago, I didn’t even realize this place existed until we drove through on our way to Vermont. We noticed the beautiful mountain area on our way through and wondered what adventures awaited there. Fast forward a few years and we finally had a chance to venture out for a few days and I am so glad we did. And not only because we stood at the top of Massachusetts but because the area has many outdoor adventures, history to consume and an all around unique feel to it.
My favorite thing to do while there was hands down drive to the top of Mount Greylock! It was my first time as an adult driving up to the top of a mountain, so it was pretty exciting. After the 8 mile trek from the visitor’s center and a really icky accidental side trip up a narrow dirt road because I listened to my GPS and overlooked an obvious sign with a big arrow….we literally stood at the top of Massachusetts or at least the highest natural point in the state. How cool is that? Also a good note that although GPS units can be amazing, sometimes a little common sense will serve you well! 😉 Note taken!
Right at the top of the summit, there is a War Memorial tower that stands 93 feet tall. It’s a wonderful site standing atop the mountain and while you feel on top of the world while you are there, this tower reminds you that you are not!
I was only disappointed that visibility was so poor while we visited, so pretty photos weren’t gonna happen. But, I tried anyway, just so you could get a feel. It is said that you can see over five states from Greylock! We need to go back again sometime on a clear day. Isn’t the view still pretty though?
Aside from the potentially amazing views, there are other reasons to visit including this pretty water spring that we noticed on our way back down the mountain (below) and awesome trees like the vibrant balsam fir that was so rich on top of the summit.
Then of course there is the Appalachian Trail and the Bascom Lodge where you can stay or fine dine near the summit! Yes, you can stay and eat near the top of the mountain! It must be such a wonderful experience!
Also nearby for the outdoor and fitness lovers is the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail which is was previously a railroad corridor that has been converted to a paved trail that runs over 11 miles. Take a walk or a bike ride to enjoy the great outdoors in The Berkshires!
While we visited the area, we stayed and played at Jiminy Peak. Not only was it a comfortable and pleasant place to stay it also has awesome activities to appeal to the whole family! My son had a blast at their Mountain Adventure Park that is located right on the premises. We could see the park from our room, it was super cool! I would recommend staying if you visit the area.
Looking for more in The Berkshires?
For a taste of history, there is a tremendous amount of things to do in area! You can tour the Norman Rockwell Museum or take part in the Hancock Shaker Village Tour. If shopping is your thing, you should totally head over to the Lee Premium Outlets with over 60 designer stores!
Find all the information you need for your Berkshires visit at Berkshires.org!
Have you ever visited (or heard of) the Berkshires?