Yes, you will see a chunk of Boston just by walking the trail. After, you may want to go over to Back Bay and have dinner somewhere as you will not have walked through this area and this way you can at least get a glimpse of it. Walk up Newbury St. and down Commonwealth Ave. or vice versa. Head over to Boylston, maybe go up to the Skywalk on top of the Prudential Building for a bird's eye view of the city.
Oooh, yes. Dinner on the Back Bay sounds terrific. Lovely suggestions! Thank you!
Actually, I would recommend walking the public garden, then walking over to the Charles River...Newbury Street can be seen in 20 minutes and if shopping is your thing, have at it...if you want to see the beauty of the city, I would spend an hour on the River, a few hours (2-3 doing the freedom trail), a half hour at the public garden and I would have lunch or dinner in the North End. Not in this order...Copley Square is pretty and you can eat near there, but it's a view and a stop, not a big thing. That just my take. I have lived in Boston since 1993 when I attended Northeastern. If you can make the time, I would do a harbor sunset cruise (I recently review one)...but you will need to be there well before sunset to get tix and get on boat. I hope this helps.
Thanks, Troy. Shopping isn't our thing but lovely views and experientials are!
Personally, I recommend parking somewhere in the Back Bay near Hynes or Kenmore stop on the Green Line of the T (Kenmore is near Fenway, Hynes is near Berklee/Prudential Center/Newbury Street), then a rough route of walking down Commonwealth Ave, Newbury Street, and Boylston Street (all run parallel to each other and you can switch between them every block or so if you'd like) all the way to the Gardens, going through the Gardens and Boston Common into Downtown Crossing and Theater District Area, then cut North over to Quincy Market, with a final stop in the North End for dinner. Afterwards, simply take the Green Line of the T from Haymarket or Government Center back to Hynes or Kenmore stop and back to the car.
It's a few miles of walking total, but the T will cut your walk in half since you won't have to walk almost any of the trip back. This route, if you like walking, will allow you to see the majority of the best parts of the city, in my opinion. It's tough to fit all of the good stuff in Boston in on just one day, but that gets you to a lot of it without actually knowing the city too well.
Good luck and enjoy!
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