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Welcome to MetroWest Boston!

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Known for our innovation, this forward-thinking region focuses on the future while treasuring the best of our New England past. The intersection of the oldest and newest, MetroWest Boston offers the best of both worlds, just a 20- to 45-minute drive from Boston. With major highways crisscrossing our region, you’re never far from area attractions: recreation in all seasons, sophisticated amenities and services, upscale shopping and dining, a range of arts & cultural attractions, and traditional New England towns. MetroWest is a great destination for your trip to the U.S., offering ease, affordability, and a lot of small town charm. Read on to plan your trip to Massachusetts, including an overview of the region’s attractions and details on Getting Here & Getting Around, and be sure to download a copy of our Visitors Guide to bring with you for inspiration!

Our Region

MetroWest Boston encompasses 19 towns just west of Boston: Ashland, Bellingham, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland and Westborough.

Explore our website further for detailed itineraries suitable for 2 days or more…combine several for a multi-week holiday! We offer a wealth of arts & culture, historical attractions, breweries and authentic dining experiences, outdoor recreation, seasonal fairs and festivals, and more! Our 47 hotels are close to all attractions within the region, and with many options from budget to luxury and funky to fabulous, we have lodging to meet everyone’s needs.

MetroWest Boston also makes a convenient and affordable hub for travelers looking to explore other parts of New England. An easy drive to the mountains of Western Massachusetts or the beaches of Cape Cod and Rhode Island, and from the glamour of Boston to the bucolic splendor of New Hampshire and Vermont, our region is an excellent home base for longer vacations. Explore these “hub and spoke” tours, which gives you a taste for the very best the state has to offer in every season, all as easy day trips from MetroWest.

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So, what do you love to do on holiday?

Explore Arts & Culture? Delve into U.S. History? Get your body moving with a little Sports & Recreation? Shop to your heart’s content? Attend a concert or a professional sporting event at one of our Stadiums & Arenas? Indulge in some fabulous Dining? MetroWest Boston has it all…

Arts & Culture

MetroWest Boston includes a wealth of arts attractions, all within 30 minutes of our hotels, including:

  • A plethora of performing arts venues offering live music, dance, and theater productions, such as Hopkinton Center for the Arts, ātac: downtown arts + music, The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN), Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre, the Hanover Theatre, The Vets, and many more.
  • World-class museums with amazing collections of old masters and cutting-edge modern favorites, including the Danforth Art Museum, Worcester Art Museum, Attleboro Arts Museum, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, plus easy access to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and others.
  • State-designated Cultural Districts in Natick, Framingham, Marlborough and Franklin are rich in performing & visual arts, unique boutiques, award-winning restaurants, and historic sites.
  • Dozens of cultural, ethnic, community and seasonal fairs, festivals, and special events create exciting destinations throughout the year.

History

Important historical sites and exhibits catalog everything from the American Revolution to the Vietnam War, including tantalizing glimpses into the life of everyday citizens and soldiers, as well as important historical artifacts from around the world. Within a 30 minute drive of our hotels, you can see…

  • The American Heritage Museum, North America’s most extraordinary museum of military and world history, featuring an astounding collection of historic aircraft, tanks, armored vehicles, classic automobiles and rare relics from the Revolutionary War through WWII to today, including immersive exhibits and living history events plus over a dozen one-of-a-kind artifacts.
  • 19,000+ artifacts at the Framingham History Center, including precious objects rarely seen in other museum collections that reflect moments of greater regional, national, or international importance.
  • Benjamin Franklin’s books, the core of a historic book collection at the country’s oldest library in Franklin, MA.
  • The Higgins Armory Collection, the second largest U.S. collection of historically-significant arms and armor, at the Worcester Art Museum.
  • Dozens of local history museums, historical sites, and historic homes around the region.
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Shopping

Find gourmet foods to designer clothes, jewelry to handmade toys, all within a half hour drive. Browse the unique boutiques in one of our quaint New England towns like Hudson, Marlborough or Natick. Shop for world-famous luxury brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Coach, at the Natick Mall or Wrentham Village Premium Outlets. Wander the American favorites found in the Solomon Pond Mall, open-air Patriot Place, or the Providence Place mall.

Sports & Recreation

We boast a huge range of golf and disc golf courses, tennis, ice rinks, soccer fields, and more! Outdoor enthusiasts can hike, bike, cross country ski, kayak, swim, and fish their way across the region. We offer outdoor beauty for any activity level, including:

  • Over 53 miles of walking and biking paths along four different Massachusetts Rail Trail systems, as well as numerous other parks, paths, and trail systems.
  • 8 state park recreation areas, including Hopkinton State Park, with a boating lake, swimming beaches, hiking and biking trails, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, horseback riding, fishing, picnic areas and more.
  • The Boston Marathon start line in Hopkinton, and the soon-to-be-built International Marathon Museum, designed to honor, celebrate and inspire the sport of marathoning through an education facility, a marathon museum, and a hall of fame.
  • Easy access to spectacular gardens at Garden in the Woods, New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, Elm Bank Reservation, and the wildlife sanctuaries of Mass Audubon and others
  • An enormous variety of indoor entertainment/amusement park options, including go karts, bowling, laser tag, trampoline parks, ninja gyms, mini golf, axe throwing, ropes courses, arcades, bumper cars, billiards, casinos, and more!
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Stadiums & Arenas

MetroWest Boston is a short drive to many major sports and event venues, including:

  • 13 min. to Gillette Stadium, host of the New England Patriots NFL team, the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and the New England Revolution Major League Soccer team, as well as special events from monster trucks to major concerts.
  • 22 minutes to Fenway Park to see the MLB Boston Red Sox, the NHL Winter Classic hockey tournament, major concerts, college football, and other special events
  • 24 minutes to Worcester’s DCU Center, home to indoor football and minor league hockey games, dance competitions, concerts, family shows, and special events
  • 25 minutes to TD Garden, home of the NBA Boston Celtics and the NHL Boston Bruins teams, as well as host to concerts from Madonna to André Rieu
  • 28 minutes to Providence’s Amica Mutual Pavilion, host to a wide variety of sporting events, concerts, family shows, ice shows, movies and more

Dining

No visit is complete without fantastic food! From award-winning bakeries to indulgent fine dining, and from fabulous picnic fare to ethnic favorites (plus the most outrageous donuts!), MetroWest Boston can satisfy any craving. Wash it all down with a creative cocktail or an incredible beer from one of the region’s 17 craft breweries, wineries or distilleries, many of whom offer live entertainment and behind-the-scenes tours as well.

Come see what we have to offer in the heart of Massachusetts!

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Affordability

Our hotels average several hundred dollars per night less expensive than Boston, making us an affordable choice for your next holiday! You can book directly with any of the region’s hotels from the lodging area of our website, or ask your travel agent to arrange for a MetroWest booking. We hope to see you soon, exploring the wealth of dining, shopping, arts and history that can be found in MetroWest Boston. Sign up for our newsletter to keep up-to-date on regional happenings, and explore our website to plan your next holiday!

Getting Here and Getting Around

It’s Easy To Get To (and Around!) MetroWest

 

By Air

With direct flights from 48 international destinations to Boston, Massachusetts’ Logan International Airport, as well as hundreds of connecting flights to Providence, Rhode Island’s T.F. Green International Airport and Worcester Regional Airport, you can get to MetroWest from anywhere in the world!

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By Bus

Logan Express offers direct bus service from Logan Airport to the Framingham/Natick border near the Natick Mall, and also serves as a depot for Peter Pan and Greyhound bus lines to other parts of Massachusetts and New England.

MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) provides all-day and weekend service to transportation hubs, shopping, and businesses throughout the region. Their CatchConnect program also provides door-to-door shuttle services to attractions in Framingham, Natick, Hudson, and Wellesley, as well as connections to the MWRTA bus lines and the MBTA train stations, providing easy access to all parts of the region.

By Train

Six of our towns (Natick, Framingham, Ashland, Southborough, Westborough, and Franklin) also offer Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail stations with train service directly into both downtown Boston, MA and Providence, RI. Visitors can travel to other areas of the region from those towns using the MWRTA bus system and CatchConnect.

By Car

Most visitors to our communities travel by car. Four Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) interchanges mean quick, direct access to

  • North Shore and South Shore via Route 95/128(Exit 123)
  • Natick, Framingham, Southborough (Exits 111 and 117)
  • Hudson, Marlborough, Westborough, Northborough, Hopkinton, Milford, Medway, Bellingham, and Franklin via Route 495 (Exit 106)

Elsewhere in the region, Routes 135, 9, 20, and 30 provide direct access to many of our smaller towns.

You can also arrange for car service from our partners at Topper Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation. Use promo code VisitMetroWest for special rates!

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