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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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Spending The Day Around Bean-town

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... read more

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Crown Point, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a pretty area full of rows of houses with a degree of charm about them. Our hotel was located in the Back Bay area so we took the opportunity to walk around and see the locality and beautiful historic buildings combined with the more modern structures.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is located near the Copley Square with beautiful architectural here also walking distance to the Public gardens, Washington Monument etc. Not too far from Chinatown too.

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Caracas, Venezuela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can walk or take the T to every worthwhile spot in town from Copley. Beautiful streets to get lost in, history, art, shopping, food and fantastic transportation

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Sebastian, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This by far was one of the great areas to visit. You can park and walk and having everything you want at your fingertips! Cute shops, great food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This area of Boston is very attractive, with its small shops, restaurants and of course bigger malls and hotels. Great area to stay and a great area to visit and meander in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are going to visit Boston you need to make sure that you schedule the sights of the Back Bay into your visit. Beacon Hill and the Back Bay the Boston that you see in the photographs. There is a diverse array of shops and restaurants to check out Newbury St. There is a reason the Winston Churchill called... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

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 August 19, 2016

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 August 17, 2016

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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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.