Northampton (Massachusetts)

Northampton is a city in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts with a picturesque and vibrant downtown, consisting of numerous art galleries, restaurants and quirky shops sprinkled among coffee shops and performing arts venues. It is home to prestigious Smith College and the Clarke School for the Deaf. Northampton lies only 15 miles north of the City of Springfield (Massachusetts), and 6 miles west of Amherst, another bohemian college town.

View of main street


Northampton is nationally known for being a bohemian college town and LGBT mecca. It is home to Smith College, a prestigious women's college. This small city of 30,000 is populated, mostly, by artists, intellectuals, political activists, hipsters, and a large LGBT community. Since abnormal is normal in Northampton, it is regarded as one of the most accepting places in the United States.

Long-time residents nickname Northampton "Hamp", while newer residents tend to call it "NoHo". Another nickname for Northampton is the "Paradise City", after Opera singer Jenny Lind remarked that Northampton was "The Paradise of America."

Northampton celebrated its 350th anniversary in 2004. The Town of Northampton (originally named Nonotuck) was granted its Charter in 1654; the City of Northampton was incorporated in 1884.

Liberal politics are an important part of Northampton's scene. It is with good reason that Northampton was named the "Most liberal medium-size city in the country". .

Get in

By car

From the east: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) to exit 4, and get on Route 91 North. Take exit 18 and turn left.

From the south: Take Interstate 91 North to exit 18. Turn left at the light.

From the west: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike east to exit 4. At exit 4, get on Interstate 91 North, to exit 18. Turn left off the exit.

You can also take Route 9 east, or Route 2 east to I-91 South, exit 20.

From the north: Take Interstate 91 South, exit 20.

By bus

Peter Pan Bus Lines, has frequent service from Boston and New York to Northampton. All Busses run through Springfield first.

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, or PVTA, , provides local bus service throughout the Pioneer Valley, from Northampton and Amherst south to the City of Springfield.

By train

Passenger rail service for Northampton and the surrounding area is provided by Amtrak's Vermonter from a platform that is located just to the south of the Union Station building. More frequent service is available from Springfield Union Station, which is about a 25-minute drive south of Northampton or a short walk from the Peter Pan Bus terminal in Springfield.

By plane

Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut is 25 miles from Northampton with easy access onto I-91 North.

Boston Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts is 90 miles from Northampton, and can be reached by taking the Mass Turnpike.

TF Greene International Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island is 92 miles from Northampton, and can be reached by taking the Mass Turnpike.

Get around

Like many cities in the Pioneer Valley, Northampton is eminently walkable, but is also a very bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly city. One can also take a PVTA bus around town and to other cities (e.g. Springfield) and towns in the Pioneer Valley (e.g. Amherst.)






This little town is full of restaurants, you can pretty much find anything you crave.



Bed and breakfast

Go next

Routes through Northampton

St. Albans Greenfield  N  S  Holyoke Springfield
Greenfield Deerfield  N  S  Holyoke Springfield
Greenfield Deerfield  N  S  Holyoke Springfield
Ends at Pittsfield  W  E  Hadley Worcester
Greenfield Deerfield  N  S  Jct E WestfieldFarmington

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