West of Concord , the area between I-495 and the Pioneer Valley  is a transitional area of suburbs and farms, as the urban core of Boston  gives way to the more rural western part of the state. Because of that, it’s an area that is often passed over by travelers, on their way from one end of the state or the other.
To drive to Worcester from Boston, take the Mass Pike (I-90) West (45 mi.,55 min.) Continue along the Pike another 15 mi. (20 min.) for Sturbridge.
The Worcester Train Station (2 Washington Sq.) is serviced by both AMTRAK (800/872-7245, www.amtrak.com ) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (617/222-3200, www.mbta.com ) commuter trains from Boston . Peter Pan Bus Lines (800/343-9999, www.peterpanbus.com ) runs buses to Worcester Bus Terminal (2 Washington Sq.).