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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...more
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Boston is one of my top three favorite cities, and the Back Bay section of it adds to one of the reasons it has earned this designation. It is an incredibly charming section of Boston, is easily walkable, and offers lots of dining, drinking and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kemurphy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful for shopaholics of high end establishments. Options for eating out are good too. Easy to get into downtown area.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rob C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Backbay doesn't have the same historic attractions as North End does but it still has a lot for tourists with Boylston, Newbury streets for window shopping and the Public Library and the Trinity Church for paying visits. The convention center, sky observatory, many hotels and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Traveleator
Reviewed December 11, 2018

This is "Old Boston" at its best. Beautiful brownstone buildings both residential & commercial. Lots of wonderful restaurants, shops, and sidewalk cafes. Very European!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank OperabuffCarmel_Ca_
Reviewed November 21, 2018

I suspect that this area of Boston is mainly off the tourist trail, but we were fortunate enough to be taken there on a Boston PhotoWalk tour. It is a quaint and old part of Boston righ in history and expensive and exclusive. There are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

The trains were easy to negotiate making the Back Bay convenient to all of our destinations. It is difficult to find lodgings in the historic area -- making Back Bay the best best.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank The_Hailes
Reviewed November 12, 2018

went into Prudential Center and many stores to shop for anything you need inside. Saks 5th Avenue and Microsoft Store and Ralph Lauren Polo were some of our favorite stops

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

You get a little tired looking at all the immensely expensive brownstone homes, but it is an attractive area. For really nice view, go over to the Charles River - you need to find one of the bridges over Storrow Drive to get there.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PeterD2327
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Great place to hang around in Boston. It´s magical. You will find A LOT of trees, typical Boston streets and places where you can breathe fresh air.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DarioSch
Reviewed November 6, 2018

After a full day of meetings I look forwrad to heading out for a run around the Charles River. The skyline views are pretty in each direction. The path is well lit with plenty of people walking, running, or riding bikes. I always felt safe.

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
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November 27, 2018|
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There are parking garages all over downtown Boston. Depends on where you want to go. I know the mall at Copley place has parking and you can take the train and or the bus to downtown Boston from there or enjoy the Back... More
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Boston in January (14 Replies)
Hello. We will be visiting Boston for the first time in Jan (2nd-5th). Seems that's just about the period where Boston quietens down with events (concerts, shows etc). Any suggestions on must do's over this period? We are in our early thirties. Can anyone tell me what the weather is like at the moment? Seems to be colder than seasonal average? We will be staying in the Back Bay Area. Thanks!!
December 14, 2013|
Response fromMsia52|
Right now it's snowing and very cold. January can be brutally cold or in the 40's. Plan on layering your clothes and you'll be fine. You have to let us know if you are outdoor people or looking for stuff to do indoors. What kind of things are you interested in?
Katy, Texas
Transferring from Logan to Amtrack Station (8 Replies)
Hello, What is the best way to get from Logan Airport to the Back Bay Amtrak Station? My college aged daughter will fly into Boston and needs to get the train to New London. CT. I'm looking for the safest and easiest way for her to do this transfer. Maybe a cab? Thanks for any information or suggestions.
August 14, 2010|
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Hi, She can definitely take a cab, but it will cost her around $30. If she wanted to use the subway and save money then it is super easy and safe. She has to walk outside of her terminal, hop on the free Massport shuttle bus labeled "subway transportation". They come by every 15 minutes or so. Once at the Airport T station, she needs to go to the kiosk and put $2 of fare money on a ticket, hop on the blue line subway inbound labeled (Bowdoin) to State Street station, hop off, hop on a...More
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Driving from Boston to West Springfield in January (7 Replies)
Going to a swap meet in January in West Springfield. How long will it take and is the area a safe area to be driving around. Will be staying in the Back Bay area of Boston.
December 17, 2014|
Response fromAlanm|
A swap meet in January? Anyway, it's about 90 minutes. Springfield has its "iffy" areas, but I would think a swap meet locale should present no issues.