The University of Massachusetts Amherst is located in the picturesque Pioneer Valley, home to the Five College Consortium, which includes UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College and Hampshire College. The area offers a range of cultural amenities, such as art museums, historical sites and music venues, as well as many restaurants, craft breweries, wineries, farmer’s markets and local cafes. Outdoor enthusiasts will find an array of activities, including a vast network of trails for hiking, running and bicycling. The Berkshire Area to the west boasts renown cultural offerings, such as Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, Mass MoCA and the Clark Art Institute. Boston is less than two hours to the east, and New York easily accessible for weekend trips.