The towering peak of Mount Greylock  dominates the skyline from many a backcountry road here. The highest peak in Massachusetts , it is capped by a war memorial that enables viewers to pick it out from a distance, and sets the wild tone for the area’s mountainous terrain.
This corner of the state has always been its most remote, a fact that has led at times to economic stagnation. The combination of cosmopolitan Williamstown  and the spreading influence of summer folk in the southern Berkshires, however, has given the area a new lease on life as a cultural destination, anchored by a pair of art museums worth the trip from anywhere in New England.
The closest airport to the region is Albany International Airport (737 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany, NY, 518/242-2200, www.albanyairport.com ). Taxi service from the airport is available from a variety of limousine services, including Advantage Transportation Services (518/433-0100, www.albanycarservice.com ), which charges $75 to Williamstown  and $80 to North Adams .
Buses to Williamstown are run by Peter Pan Bonanza (www.peterpanbus.com ) and stop in front of the Williams Inn at the corner of Routes 2 and 7. The company also runs buses to Pittsfield Bus Terminal (1 Columbus Ave., Pittsfield, 413/442-7465).
Buses throughout the region are run by the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (413/449-2782 or 800/292-BRTA).