Mount Greylock#4 in Best Things To Do in The Berkshires
Mount Greylock boasts the highest point in the state of Massachusetts. Located in the town of Adams, its summit reaches 3,491 feet. On a clear day, visitors to the summit can see as far as 90 miles. The area offers a variety of seasonal activities, including hiking, camping, hunting, snowmobiling, skiing and educational programs led by local park rangers.
Recent travelers said Mount Greylock is a great excursion because it caters to hikers of all levels thanks to a variety of trails. Helpful and friendly recommendations by the rangers at the visitor center were also appreciated and added to the quality of hikers' experiences. Reviewers agree that the views are worthwhile, whether you're taking the scenic driving route or tackling one of the many hiking trails. At the peak, travelers appreciated the touching Veterans War Memorial Tower and a meal at the Bascom Lodge. Past visitors recommend making a reservation to avoid waiting once arriving at Mount Greylock's summit for a sunset dinner.
The park headquarters and visitor center are based on Rockwell Road in the town of Lanesborough. The visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the park is open daily from dawn to dusk. In the visitor center, guests will find accessible restrooms, brochures with hiking trails, driving routes, and park programs and park rangers ready to answer any questions. Parking for Massachusetts residents is $5 for the day and $10 for all other visitors. At Mount Greylock's peak, Bascom Lodge serves lunch and dinner. For more information, check out the Massachusetts government website.
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The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this open-air music venue attracts thousands of visitors who come to enjoy a variety of classical, contemporary, jazz and pop music performances every year. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has spent its summers at this grand estate located between the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge since 1937. Over this time, many renowned artists have also made appearances at the venue, including Yo-Yo Ma, Earth, Wind & Fire and Steely Dan. Tanglewood is most popular during the summer when the weather allows for sitting on the property's large lawn during performances. Still, the grounds also house multiple indoor facilities and restaurants, which enable visitors to enjoy programs, galas, events and cocerts year-round.
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