Prior to 9/11, this would've been a Must See tip. However, since you can no longer see the view from the tallest building in New England, why bother? It's a shame and kind of silly for the observatory to be closed. The one at The Prudential is still open as is the one on the Empire State Building in NYC. So this makes no sense. However, you can still gawk at it from the street and by all means take a walk by it on a really windy day. You won't soon forget that!
Fondest memory: I remember the observatory. It was great!
A good time to visit Boston is the days just preceding the July 4 Holiday . At this time the locals are practicing for July 4 reinactments of the American Revolution historical events that occured in Boston .
It is taken very seriously , with some of the participations being semi professionals. Dressed out as British Redcoats and Minutemen , with drum and whistle bands , and lots of marching it makes for a good show . You have to give the participants credit for being able to wear 18th century wool costumes in sometimes extremely hot and humid weather .
NOTE ; John Hancock Building had a few technical problems when it was completed . The structure was a bit too flexible and the building sway caused windows to pop out. Everything was fixed . It is a very elegant looking building .
The mix of the old with the new. Nothing reflects it better than Copley Square with the John Hancock Tower and it's surrounding neighbors.
See the clouds reflected in the John Hancock Tower by Copley Square.
Fondest memory: The different structures of many ages, past and present. It's a unique feeling to walk in this city.
Fondest memory: The Hancock Tower was almost the first place in Boston I went to, way back in '93, on a two day stopover en route to Traverse City, Michigan. It was pretty much the first place I ever went to in the United States. Whoever would have guessed that seven years later I'd be living in an apartment no more than a five minute walk away from the very same spot. It's a small world...
take the lift to the top of the John Hancock Tower (200 Clarendon Street)to have a complete view of Boston. 6$ to reach the 60° floor.
Fondest memory: MORE ON THE TRAVELOGUE
Favorite thing: attend the historical presentation at the Hancock Tower. The Boston role during the American Revolution is told during a Son et Lumiere.
Favorite thing: Go to the top of the John Hancock building. The view of the city is very good. If you look carefully, you can see planes land and take off from Logan Airport.