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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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great Area to stay

Our hotel was in this area; we definitely picked it right this time. Architecture, great streets to walk, restaurants everywhere, and shopping. This is a great area for easy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our hotel was in this area; we definitely picked it right this time. Architecture, great streets to walk, restaurants everywhere, and shopping. This is a great area for easy transportation. Easy trip from airport on the Logan Express, get on the bus that says Back Bay. So easy & inexpensive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Back Bay is a lovely area. The brownstones are huge, but my favorite part was sitting on the river. There are lots of runners and bikers, the latter of whom seem to not pay much attention, so keep an eye out otherwise you might get run over.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to walk and dream of living in a luxurious brownstone in the heart of Boston. Just minutes from the Charles River, Public Gardens, and many other attractions. Walk to restaurants, and other entertainment venues.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One place that can visit to see most beautiful views in Boston the Head of the Charles River - peach in mind with fresh air and a lovely walk with family and friends

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Back Bay is great for walking and enjoying the scenery. I love the architecture, the trees, the people, etc... Of course, spring and summer are best to do the walking tour.

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

Great location to stay when in Boston. Great Resturants and bars. Excellent transport network for getting into The centre of Boston.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Back Bay is another beautiful neighbourhood in Boston. There is so much history in this beautiful city, and the Back Bay area is another part of the city that is a must see. Many beautiful buildings and several amazing restaurants to choose from.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These old family town houses now turned into two/three bedroom condos going at around $3.4 million each. Interesting area to visit and of course the location of Cheers Bar....

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Stevenson Ranch, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the tour about Rose Kennedy and how she came to America. Docent took us through many historical areas, Little Italy. Wear comfortable shoes because it lasts about 2 hours and it's FREE!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While I visited conference at Haynes, I stayed at Fenway and enjoyed back bay scenics. It was nice place for people live in Boston to spend their spare time.

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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.