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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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Nautical Boston

The Back Bay is a very nice neighborhood in Boston. You'll be very close to the water and conveniently located to downtown. This is probably my favorite part of Boston, a place... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Back Bay is a very nice neighborhood in Boston. You'll be very close to the water and conveniently located to downtown. This is probably my favorite part of Boston, a place where I would love to reside.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky to have gorgeous weather, which made the walking and shopping perfect. Don't miss Newbury street for window shopping, and a run along the Esplanade is always in order.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Back bay neighborhood has it all - fabulous architecture, historic churches, great shopping and restaurants, upscale hotels, an Amtrak station and the amazing Boston public library

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Back Bay is a must when visiting Boston. It is minutes walking distance from Beacon Hill and Charles St., the Boston Common and the Public Garden, Newbury St. (fabulous high end shopping), Copley Place, and more. Everything is right here, all a few steps from each other.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Homes from the 1800s. Shopping, restaurants and tree lined streets. If you are looking for shopping, walk down Newbury St. If you want a peaceful place to sit or walk along tree lined paths, take Commonwealth Ave. Other streets that have old home to see or walk on quiet streets, include Beacon and Marlborough.

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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great area. Always trying to get a hotel here. Very convenient for shopping, restaurants and bars. Close enough to walk to the Charles River and even Fenway Park

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Franconia, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've worked in Boston/Copley for a number of years. I worked in Copley Place and that gave me a chance to see the churches, library, malls, and restaurants in and around Copley. Boston is a very walk-able city.

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Mesa, Arizona
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Nice place to stay in. Walking areas include restaurants, library, theaters, etc. Close to the T station and Amtrack. Can get to the north end with a fairly cheap Uber ride. Lots of nice hotels.

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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Very good place to stay, shops and restaurants almost everywhere.. some of them cheap other chic. I really enjoyed!

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Reviewed 26 February 2017

The neighborhood is one of a kind. Restaurants and shopping are here (Boylston St, Newbury St, etc) and yet Marlborough and the surrounding streets are picture perfect. Take a walk or run along the Charles River and even cross the bridge into Cambridge from here!

Thank Heather M

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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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