New England's largest river, the Connecticut, slices through Western Massachusetts on its 400-mile journey to the Atlantic Ocean. Along its banks, towering forests and craggy cliffs shelter bald eagles and other wildlife. The river is also home to two cruises that allow visitors to enjoy scenic views while listening to a guide describing the area's natural history.
Cruising the Connecticut
Take an excursion on the Lady Bea, a 53-foot climate-controlled riverboat departing from South Hadley. The 75-minute cruise heads up the Connecticut River toward Northampton daily from late May through Labor Day. The Lady has a full bar, sun deck, restroom and indoor seating. The Quinnetukut II operates in the northern part of the state in Northfield. Its 12-mile excursion takes in Barton Cove and the French King Gorge where you can see a former dinosaur track quarry and watch for wildlife. The 90-minute tour travels 12 miles up the river in an open-air boat that operates from July through mid-October.
Beaches Near Western Massachusetts
Western Massachusetts hardly brings to mind the image of a beach: it is an inland area of the Bay State covered with...