Walk along Commonwealth Avenue Mall
Beautiful Victorian style houses and large American and English elm trees. A very peaceful place.
See my Travelogue for lots of photos of the mall and the Victorian buildings.
The streets of Back Bay include gorgeous homes with undulating facades and welcoming steps. There are cafes with outdoor seating and plenty of shops to keep you interested. Trees are everywhere and red brick is the dominant, but not exclusive color. This might be my favorite neighborhood to stroll through and admire. I remember thinking how great it would be to actually live here, but one quick look at the real estate listings would change that as prices are sky high.
You have to visit the Back Bay while in Boston. Granted, it's probably a neighborhood that I'll never be able to afford, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy it as a visitor! I took this photo from the Prudential Center's skywalk.
The homes, shops and restaurants in Back Bay are great. If you want to walk around and shop or just people watch, Newbury Street is the place to go. You'll find great boutiques, lots of restaurants, and if the weather is good, tons of people.
If you're looking for a quieter walk, head for Commonwealth Avenue and stroll its center walkway lined with trees and monuments.
Stroll through the this impressive district, Boston's wealthiest and most dynamic neighbourhood. Layed out in the 1850s as a grid (the only area of Boston so highly organised), the area grew to accomodate wealthy townhouses and academic institutions. Later, homes on Newbury Street were converted into the chic expensive boutiques there today and those on Boylston Street gave way to become a skyscraping commercial district, focused around bustling Copley Square. In fact, the city's two tallest buildings are in the Back Bay and not downtown. Copley Square features H.H. Richardson's masterpiece Trinity Church and the beautiful Boston Public Library. The square itself is quite beautiful. Newbury Street is the city's finest shopping, and parts of it still retain a bohemian flavour, while others are more stale rows of Italian designer shops. Commonwealth Avenue, the city's most elegant street, is lined with exquisite homes and has a beautiful tree-shaded mall in its centre.
wow, newbury street is the best there is out in boston. it is just basically a half of a mile long street with shops everywhere. don't expect anything but big brand names and expensive shops everywhere. bring your credit card because you will need it. alot of girls hang out here and shop. also located in the back bay area is the boston public library. so if you want to check that out it's cool too. there is also the prudential, the trinity church (church in boondock saints) and much more. this is the happening place in boston.
This area is centered around Commonwealth Boulevard and goes southwest from Boston Common. It is the most desirable address in Boston.