Welcome to Boston, a city founded in 1630 but never settled. Discover a city that welcomes visitors to 23 vibrant neighborhoods no matter the season with our award-winning restaurants, world-renowned cultural institutions, vast green spaces, and so much more!
We want you to make the most of your time in our city, so we've curated the perfect guide to exploring Boston during Destinations International's CEO Summit. Check out our top five ways to experience Boston below!
Discover the Old and the New
Boston is known for its history, and there's no better way to fill your itinerary than visiting our historic landmarks and attractions.
No trip to Boston is complete without walking the Freedom Trail, taking a Boston Duck Tour, or throwing tea overboard at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, which celebrated the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party this past December.
Before embarking on the Freedom Trail, make sure to stop by The Embrace Monument in Boston Common, a sculpture commemorating Martin Luther King Jr and Coretta Scott King's dedicated work for civil rights and social justice.
We also recommend visiting the Museum of African American History in Boston's historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, where you can immerse yourself in the stories of Black communities who organized to advance the cause of freedom in the 18th and 19th centuries.
With inventions like the telephone, modern surgery, and marshmallow fluff, Boston has an impressive history of innovation, too! Take a walk along Boston's Innovation Trail, where you'll discover four centuries of world-changing breakthroughs in science, medicine, social justice, entrepreneurship, technology, and more.
Experience Our Top Restaurants
We hope you come hungry when you visit because Boston is a foodie city. With so many award-winning chefs and restaurants within walking distance of The Westin Copley Place, we know it can be hard to choose. Here are our staff's top picks for where to eat!
For a true Boston experience, we recommend grabbing a lobster roll at The Banks Fish House or Little Whale Oyster, a dozen oysters at Select Oyster Bar or B&G Oysters, or a glass of wine and an elevated meal from Bistro Du Midi or Grill 23 and Bar.
Some of the best drinks and dishes can be found at one of the city's beautiful hotel bars. We recommend checking out City Table at the Lenox Hotel, OAK Long Bar & Kitchen at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, and UNI at The Eliot Hotel.
For a truly historic dining experience (literally!), visit the Omni Parker House, the birthplace of the Boston Cream Pie.
One of the best ways to enjoy all of Boston’s culinary offerings in one place is by visiting one of our local food halls, like High Street Place, Time Out Boston, and Eataly, where you can find food and drink options for every taste and from all corners of Boston.
Find the City's Hidden Gems
Sometimes you have to get off the beaten path to truly experience the soul of a city – and Boston is no different.
Head to the Boston Public Library to experience High Tea at the Courtyard Tea Room or have an after-hours cocktail at the Map Room Lounge. We also recommend checking out some of Boston's best speakeasies for an intimate and mysterious cocktail experience.
Head to the Boston Athenaeum, arguably one of the most unique and picturesque places in Boston, to explore one of the country's oldest and most distinguished libraries, featuring over half a million books, including published works from the 1800s, the latest best sellers, and almost 100,000 rare books. For a day membership of just $40, visitors can explore all floors of this historic building, including pop-up art exhibits, rare book collections, well-lit worktables, amazing city views, cozy nooks, and more hidden gems, making it one of the most unique spots to work remotely in the city.
Discover Why Boston is America's Walking City
Spring is the perfect time to explore the outdoors in Boston. Check out one of the city's best walking tours and trails, or visit one of Boston's 2,300 acres of green space and picturesque parks, such as the Charles River Esplanade, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, or the Boston Common & Public Garden in search of spring blooms.
We also recommend exploring Boston's architecture and small businesses on Newbury Street, Beacon Hill, and along the brownstones in the South End.
Check out Boston's Event Scene
There are so many events happening in Boston daily, making it a great place for everyone. Head to TD Garden or one of Boston's best sports bars to cheer on the Boston Celtics as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Get a dose of our performing arts scene with shows at Lyric Stage Opera and Broadway in Boston. Or explore the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum or Institute of Contemporary Arts during their Free Thursday Night series.
Want to find what you like the best? Check out our events calendar! For more tailored recommendations, make sure to stop by the Boston Common Visitor's Center, where you can pick up maps and brochures, book activities throughout Boston, purchase souvenirs, and get insider tips from our friendly staff.