This quintessential college town is home to the prestigious Amherst College, a pretty 'junior ivy' that borders the town green, as well as the hulking University of Massachusetts and the cozy liberal-arts Hampshire College. Start your explorations at the town green, at the intersection of MA 116 and MA 9. In the surrounding streets, you'll find a few funky galleries, a bookshop or two, countless coffeehouses, and a few small but worthwhile museums (several of which are associated with the colleges).
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