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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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Great District

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
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67 helpful votes 67 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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61 attraction reviews
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
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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Sept Iles, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Back Bay is my favorite district in Boston. I love the beat of this district I really fell in love !

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Lincoln
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201 reviews 201 reviews
104 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Back Bay covers a large area and many notable building and landmarks. However one afternoon we simply walked down Massachusetts Avenue to Harvard Bridge - some lovely old iconic/typical Boston buildings on the way. Then we took a really lovely walk along The Esplanade and by Storrow Lagoon and the Charles River. Plenty of seats and I could have stayed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A treat for the eyes, legs and body. Great food, shopping, monuments and churches, the river, skyline, tree lined neighborhoods, and spots to sit and inhale it all in. Stop a local and they will gladly steer you. Friendly people abound.

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228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I love to walk around and look at all the buildings. It's rich with character and history. It's a great way to explore Boston.

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Burlington, Vermont
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The Back Bay is my favorite part to visit when in Boston. If you're going to stay overnight/for several days in Boston, make sure to book a hotel in the Back Bay! The Lenox, Fairmont Copley, and The Taj are my favorites. The area is very classy with many nice shops, botiques, and great restaurants! The famous Newbury Street is... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We visited about 10 churches unfortunately only 2 were open, if we had visited Trinity and New Old South it would have been 12 churches and 4 open. Probably best to do a little research and make sure days and times open. We incorrectly assumed being Boston they would all be open for tours. Sunday might be the best day.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This place over and around The Prudential Center has a lot of high-end shopping and lots of happening bars & restaurants ... recommended if this is what you are looking for on a visit to Boston!

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