Amherst is the quintessential college town set in the bucolic hills of the Pioneer Valley. What makes Amherst such a special place is the varied multitude of exciting and interesting places to see and visit. Museums, including the Mead Art Gallery and Amherst College Museum of History, the Emily Dickinson Homestead, and the nearby Smith College Art Gallery, are only a few of the offerings. There are museums for comic lovers, there is the Yiddish Book Center, and even a tourist attraction that shouldn't be missed only a short distance away, the Yankee Candle Factory. Fresh apples from Atkins farms, hiking trails, the Mt Holyoke State Park, the Hitchcock Center of the Environment, and a climb to the top of Mt Orient are all here to do and see and learn from. Amherst is a great place to visit and highly recommended.