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Back Bay

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Address: Boston, MA
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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one of the best architectural preservation in the USA

The side streets are alphabetical, Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon and up to Hereford. The building exteriors cannot be altered without many levels of approval. This is a great... read more

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Cohasset, MA, USA
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Cohasset, MA, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The side streets are alphabetical, Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon and up to Hereford. The building exteriors cannot be altered without many levels of approval. This is a great residential area interspersed with dining of every kind and shopping galore.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Back Bay is the downtown of Boston where you can see many interesting buildings like skyscrapers, Church, shopping center and more.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place and good place to stay. With a range of places to eat and drink. Quite area great for a base

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this was an October baseball trip and the back location was excellent for Fenway plus easy to get every-where

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Back Bay is one of Boston's nicest neighbourhoods. There is a real mix of old & new architecture as well as many shops and restaurants to choose from. I was in town for the final weekend of the baseball season & another plus is the proximity to Fenway park which was a 15 minute walk from my hotel.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This neighborhood has changed over time. Now it is chic. NOne the less, the old buildings, the small shops and restaurants, the not-for-profits, the students amke this large neighborhood just a good place to be.

Mainz, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Back Bay is a nice area to take a walk. It's not far from Copley Square and Newberry Street and you get to see a lot here.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This whole area is really cool. They have so many stores and restaurants it's overwhelming. It's a beautiful neighborhood, get off and walk around.

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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Back Bay area of Boston is easy to get around on foot and an easy walk from our hotel. It is an interesting area and give you a real feel for the historical view of Boston. Be sure to take an hour or so to explore this area and view some of the interesting buildings open to the public.

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Crown Point, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In 1966 The Back Bay of Boston was designated as an Architectural District, which means nothing can be done to any building's exterior without the approval of the "Back Bay Architectural Committee. The Back Bay was originally tidal flats, used for milling operations until the mid-19th century, when the bay was filled over several decades, resulting in over 450 acres... More 

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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.
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