Basketball and rollercoaster fans will find what they like in Greater Springfield. The Basketball Hall of Fame hallows Springfield's probably best-known invention. If families want a full-course selection of roller coasters and rides, they will appreciate Six Flags New England. The famous Springfield Rifle is displayed at its home, the Springfield Armory - first armory in the country. Visitors interested in history, art and science will find many hours of edification at the Quadrangle, an assemblage of museums.
Western Massachusetts' accommodating hill towns offer bed & breakfasts, vintage cracker barrel stores and antiques dealers. Houses from the 1700s and 1800s, complete with furniture, vessels and implements of those times, are located along a mile-long street in Deerfield. Silversmithing and glassmaking are the order of the day at
Greenfield's Lunt Silver Museum & Design Center, whose staff offers an introduction to these arts to visitors. Candle collectors will enjoy a field day at Yankee Candle Co., the largest factory and store of its kind. The legendary Mohawk Trail, a 63-mile road, passes through this area.
The state's extreme western area is an arts mecca of the first order. Modern dance, ballet and jazz flourish in Becket at The Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the nation's oldest. Lenox is the home of world-famous Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer venue.