AUTUMN IN NEW ENGLAND
You can’t do much better than Central Massachusetts at the height of the leaf-peeping season. Add a bicycle and it’s perfect. This six-day ride will be based in Amherst, home of Emily Dickinson, Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts flagship campus. We’ll ride to several other classic New England towns, as well as the Quabbin Reservoir, the major source of Boston’s water supply. The view from the top of Quabbin Tower is unsurpassed. This is active farming country. Alongside the roads, you’ll see classic New England architecture, as well as many tobacco barns, relics of the days when the Connecticut Valley produced the finest cigar wrappers in the world.
Although the countryside is the real star of this ride, cultural attractions are plentiful. In South Amherst, you’ll find the Eric Carle Museum of picture book art. In addition to the colleges in Amherst, Mount Holyoke (South Hadley) and Smith (Northampton) both have beautiful campuses with art museums and botanical gardens. (Note: the campuses have been closed to the public during the pandemic, but hopefully they will have been reopened to visitors by fall 2022.) For a day off the bike, try a hike up Mount Holyoke for its views of the valley. In the nineteenth century, this was the third most popular tourist destination in the country.<… (Join People Cycling to read more)