In America, the Berkshires are the hills that are alive with the sound of music, and Tanglewood is the reason why. Enjoy performances of every kind of music under the sun-and stars-at America’s music mecca. The Boston Pops, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and much more. Lenox.

Jacob’s Pillow

What Tanglewood is to music, Jacob’s Pillow is to dance. Take in a performance at the annual festival (June-August), including the Inside/Out Performance Series. On the grounds of a National Historic Landmark. Becket.

Berkshire Theatre Group

Enjoy performances on the Berkshire Theatre Festival Campus (Stockbridge) and at the Colonial Theatre. Pittsfield.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Only apple pie is more American than this beloved painter of Saturday Evening Post fame. Stockbridge.

Hancock Shaker Village

Live some American history with the crafts of this group of people from the 18th century whose ancestors remain devoted to living simply. Pittsfield.

Naumkeag House and Gardens

Tour a Gilded Age mega-mansion. April-December. Stockbridge.

The Mount

The Decoration of Houses was among Edith Wharton’s many books. Take a tour of the author’s own lovely home. May-October. Lenox.

Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum

A must for train buffs. Weekends, June-October. Lenox.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

One of the country’s first, and still fabulous. Stockbridge.

Shakespeare and Co.

American theatre company founded by Tina Packer in 1978. Lenox.

Ventfort Hall

Historic, Jacobean-style mansion and museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lenox.


North Adams One of the largest centers for contemporary visual art and performing arts in the United States. North Adams.

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Art museum and research institution. Williamstown.