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Back Bay

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Address: Boston, MA
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Walking
Description: This tony neighborhood--one of the two most expensive residential areas in...
This tony neighborhood--one of the two most expensive residential areas in Boston--started as a bay. The bay was filled in during the 19th century to create the area now known by the name Back Bay. The area is known for its Victorian brownstones, the Boston Public Library, shopping, office high rises and upscale hotels.
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How can you not love Back Bay in Boston. It's so pretty - truly charming and it has great little shops and restaurants. The Charles River and The Boston Commons are nearby... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Sun Valley, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

How can you not love Back Bay in Boston. It's so pretty - truly charming and it has great little shops and restaurants. The Charles River and The Boston Commons are nearby. It's a beautiful area and well situated to lots of wonderful sights in Boston!

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Water Valley, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Very easy walking and "T" access to Downtown Boston and Copley Square. When we visit major cities, we always enjoy staying in the less touristy, more residential areas.

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Bribie Island, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 775 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Another spot that's worth a look. Good for walking and maybe a quick bite. Nothing more fun than just a walk about - with a friend - a quiet coffee and good scenery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

If you're up for it everything is within walking distance and the public transportation is so easy. I was able to help it fellow tourists on where to go because their Boston's layout is fantastic. We used the trains to get to Salem, Harvard and MIT as well! So much to do and see every direction is an adventure

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Port Isaac, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

You really have to walk the Boston neighborhoods to get the full sense of the history, he creativity and diversity. Highly recommended to take an extra day if in town already.

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Get lost in the narrow streets and take pictures of the window boxes and doors and ironwork. Lovely place to stroll on a date. Stop at the cafes along the way. Spring and autumn afternoons are best spent walking here.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Like some other reviews say it's quintessential Boston. Just give youself some time to take in Back Bay.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Our hotel was located in this district. So many really upmarket bars and eateries in the area. Just too many to do justice to them when on a short visit to the city but a great area to base yourself in the city.

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Linthicum Heights, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Stayed here with a friend of mine from college just to explore and enjoy Boston for a week. We loved our hotel and the Back Bay area. It's very accessible to public transportation and has some awesome shopping, restaurants, and bars.

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Roseland, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Anyone visiting Boston should visit Back Bay, the area filled in during the Victorian Era. The tree lined streets of Commonwealth ("Comm Av") Avenue with it's long-running park in the middle, Beacon Street, Marlborough Street, and the shop-lined Newbury Street, Copley Square, and Prudential Center. The Boston Public Garden is at one end, with its Swan Boats, Duck Parade, Washington... More 

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Address: Boston, MA
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay

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