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Back Bay, Boston

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Back Bay is an officially recognized neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. It is most famous for its rows of Victorian brownstone homes — considered one of the best preserved examples of 19th-century urban design in the United States — as well as numerous architecturally significant individual buildings, and cultural institutions such as the Boston Public Library. It is also a fashionable shopping destination (especially Newbury and Boylston Streets, and the adjacent Prudential Center and Copley Place malls) and home to some of Boston's tallest office buildings, the Hynes Convention Center, and numerous major hotels.The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay considers the neighborhood's bounds to be "Charles River on the North; Arlington Street to Park Square on the East; Columbus Avenue to the New York New Haven and Hartford right-of-way (South of Stuart Street and Copley Place), Huntington Avenue, Dalton Street, and the Massachusetts Turnpike on the South; Charlesgate East on the West."
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  • Back Bay is an upscale residential and commercial/shopping district. It includes some of the City's best places to walk: The walk from Kenmore Square to the Public Garden is beautiful, and high end sh...  more »
  • There are many locations in Boston to stay fro a few days holiday but Back bay is very centrally located and within easy walk of all the sites and places to visit.  more »
  • My friends and I stayed in the Back Bay area during our recent weekend trip to Boston and it was beautiful. We always felt safe at all hours and it was just so pretty. There are tons of restaurants an...  more »

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