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Back Bay

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Address: Boston, MA
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Where the foodies and trend setters hang

This is a broad place to review. All and all it is the upscale area of Boston with lots to choose from. you can write a book about the place , rentals, shopping dinning clubs etc... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a broad place to review. All and all it is the upscale area of Boston with lots to choose from. you can write a book about the place , rentals, shopping dinning clubs etc. plan a month to see it all. Bring your wallet and enjoy a real city!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the best part of Boston, or a least is the one that i most liked, this mix in in between of clasic and modern city make the best of Boston

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did enjoy this part of our stay as it was near the shops and a lot of shopping complexes. We enjoyed ourselves and wld recommend it.

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great time at new years in the back bay area. Lots of things to do and places to eat and drink. Super walkable.

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Orange County, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Back Bay area has really grown and expanded over the years. There are lots of great clothing stores, coffee shops and restaurants in the basements and first floors of the old, traditional brick row houses that line the streets. It makes for an entertaining stroll for those who like to explore.

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hickory, nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Back Bay displays the basics of a working harbor with boats in motion and facets of wharfage from past centuries. Nothing is prettied up--just the real Boston at work.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This is an amazing area! I love seeing where the locals live, and if I were a local, I would absolutely live here. Go for a stroll, admire the water, relax for a bit while you're here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Always stay in or visit this area with its fantastic quirky houses when we visit Boston but this time added attraction was lights on all the trees up the middle of Commonwealth Ave. which made it special as we walked back from Faneuil Market

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Sometimes the best places to see in the city are just the neighborhoods where local live, shop and eat. Commonwealth Avenue was beautiful at night with the Christmas lights, but also went down Newbury Street by day with it's high end shops and finished in the main square of the city - Copley Place. Boston is such a walkable city... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My family and I always stay in Back Bay when traveling to Boston. It is beyond beautiful and there is a ton of things to do! We will be back next year for another visit to Back Bay!

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Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.