The best place to visit in Massachusetts this summer is in western Massachusetts

Temperatures are rising in Massachusetts and the unofficial start of summer (Memorial Day Weekend) is over, while more and more people are thinking about where they will spend their next vacation in the coming months. It turns out that if you're in Western Massachusetts, you're already in the best position to do so.

Vacation Idea, which publishes Dream Vacation Magazine, recently published a report showing:The 25 best places in Massachusetts“And who came first? Not Cape Cod, not Martha's Vineyard, not Nantucket or Salem. But on the west side of the Bay State in the Berkshires.

We're certainly aware of numerous attractions in the Berkshires, but here's what Vacation Idea has to say about what and where to go on a trip to the Berkshires:

Located on the slopes of Green Mountain, the Berkshires are a scenic rural region in western Massachusetts, about 2.5 hours from Boston. With its charming small towns and villages, rolling green fields, fertile farms, and a vibrant arts scene, the area is a popular tourist destination. The best time to visit is fall, for the colorful spectacle of fall leaves, and summer, when several festivals draw thousands of visitors. Music lovers come for concerts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which plays at the Tanglewoood Music Center in Lenox during the summer. There's plenty more for art lovers, including the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Williamstown Theater Festival, and MASS MoCA. Nature lovers can go hiking, rafting, fishing, kayaking, and golfing, and when snow covers the hills, it's time to go skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding.

When you're in the Berkshires, it's always a good thing to remember how lucky we are to be near some of these gems in Berkshire County. Sometimes you don't have to go far to find something great. I guess that's why they put the Berkshires at the top of their list!

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