Escape to Back Bay! Enjoy its architecture, churches, and library.

Back Bay, now one of Boston’s most desirable neighborhoods, was once a large swamp. Here gorgeous townhouses and historical sites stand alongside some of the trendiest shopping in town, as well as two of the city’s tallest towers. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon visit to this modern, chic and walkable area.

As you walk around the area, notice how the layout makes sense. In 1856, Arthur Gilman proposed a neighborhood plan based on the French model, with a flat orientation and a logically ordered street grid. Names of cross-streets are in alphabetical order. Notice the wide tree-lined boulevards inspired by Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s then-recent renovation of Paris, and a variety of beautiful stone townhouses. Back Bay’s lovely streets are perfect for strolling, stopping occasionally to admire the architecture or chat with residents.

Explore the neighborhood by getting to know its two great walking streets. Newbury Street, once home to stables for the area’s houses, is now a shopping destination, with European-style boutiques and restaurants as well as the iconic music store, Newbury Comics. By contrast, Commonwealth Avenue is a grand boulevard in true Parisian style, lined with charming Victorian brownstones and street-side cafés.

The diverse flavors and styles of Back Bay and downtown Boston are proudly displayed at nearby Copley Square, the neighborhood’s small but lively plaza. Take a seat and look around at a real marvel of architectural coexistence. Admire the proud Trinity Church of 1877, then see it again sumptuously reflected in the mirrored glass of the giant John Hancock Tower. The nearby Boston Public Library announces Boston as the “Athens of America” with its magnificent façade. Copley is also home to a smart fountain and a twice-weekly farmers market.

Use the subway to easily access Back Bay. After your visit, continue exploring the city’s many attractions: The Boston Public Garden, the Charles River Esplanade and the Prudential Center are all just a short walk away. Alternatively, stay in the area to sample some of the finest eating and drinking Boston has to offer.

Known for

Shopping, Architecture and Cathedrals

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Top Hotels in Back Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
$153
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4
4.1/5Very Good! (5,827 reviews)

"Hotel is clean and modern with friendly staff. It is in a nice central location. Room and bathroom are small but comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Boston Park Plaza
Sheraton Boston, a Marriott Hotel
Sheraton Boston, a Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
39 Dalton St, Boston, MA
$218
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4
4.2/5Excellent! (4,326 reviews)

"Great location and excellent room upgrade. Very friendly staff and wifi was great, fast enough to steam the rugby world cup live!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Sheraton Boston, a Marriott Hotel
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Boston Marriott Copley Place
4 out of 5
110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
$197
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4
4.3/5Excellent! (2,178 reviews)

"Great location for Trolly pick up. Marriott connects to the bridge where up scale shopping and restaurants are available out of the rain."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Boston Marriott Copley Place
The Westin Copley Place, Boston, a Marriott Hotel
The Westin Copley Place, Boston, a Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
$246
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4
4.4/5Wonderful! (3,596 reviews)

"I originally got the standard room with a king sized bed. my flight came in super early and my room wasn’t ready yet as it is a 3pm check in and I arrived at 6 AM. They were very understanding of my situation and offered me to upgrade my room for 50 dollars more a night. I asked for a room on the ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

The Westin Copley Place, Boston, a Marriott Hotel
The Midtown Hotel
The Midtown Hotel
2.5 out of 5
220 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
$179
per night
Nov 5 - Nov 6
3.6/5Good! (2,137 reviews)

"Great location, the inside hallways a little outdated, but the rooms were great , clean and nice beds/design."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

The Midtown Hotel
Copley Square Hotel
Copley Square Hotel
4 out of 5
47 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
$223
per night
Oct 31 - Nov 1
4.2/5Excellent! (2,047 reviews)

"Unique property. Great location and views. Small room."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Copley Square Hotel

Popular things to do in Back Bay

Prudential Tower
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Prudential Tower

4.5/5(577 reviews)

No other building serves up finer views than this controversial and prominent landmark.

Copley Square
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Copley Square

4.5/5(564 reviews)

Explore some of Boston’s finest buildings, educational and arts institutions, and shopping, or simply find a patch of grass and relax.

Newbury Street
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Newbury Street

4.5/5(650 reviews)

Stretching between Massachusetts Avenue and Boston Public Gardens, this upscale street is one of Boston’s most popular shopping and dining destinations.

Old South Church
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Old South Church

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Old South Church in Boston. Experience the acclaimed theater scene or attend a sporting event in this vibrant area.

Fenway Park
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Fenway Park

4.5/5(2,348 reviews)

Catch a game or take a tour at one of America’s most historic and beloved ballparks.

Boston Common
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Boston Common

4.5/5(4,300 reviews)

The oldest public park in the United States has been the stage for centuries of drama. These days it’s the perfect place to unwind.

Top activities in Back Bay

Boston Duck Tours
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Boston Duck Tours

$42

Explore Beantown with a hilarious ConDUCKtor® in a newly built amphibious vehicle. Ride the DUCK by downtown landmarks like Faneuil Hall and the Freedom Trail, and then ease into the water for a scenic cruise along the waterfront of the Charles River.

Boston CityPASS: Save on Boston's 4 Best Attractions
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Boston CityPASS: Save on Boston's 4 Best Attractions

$64

Boston CityPASS® tickets include prepaid admission to Boston’s top attractions at a signicant savings off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. Extra perk: CityPASS travelers skip most main-entrance ticket lines.

Full-Day Boston Tour Plus Cambridge, Concord, & Lexington
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Full-Day Boston Tour Plus Cambridge, Concord, & Lexington

$89

See the top sights of Boston and Middlesex County in 1 day on this narrated sightseeing tour. Explore the city and the the surrounding areas as you scope out everything from historic battle sites and ships in the Navy Yard to shops in charming neighborhoods.

Historic Discovery Bus Tour
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Historic Discovery Bus Tour

$89

Spend the day touring Boston with your friendly/expert tour guide, visiting historic towns – of Cambridge, Lexington, and Concord, historic spots - like Beacon Hill, the North End, the Seaport District, and historic locations along the Freedom Trail, including the USS Constitution.

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets Shopping Excursion
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Wrentham Village Premium Outlets Shopping Excursion

$60

Designer labels and killer deals await just an hour outside of downtown Boston. Stroll through this New England-style shopping village and find name-brand outlet stores, including Burberry, Coach, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Tory Burch, that offer incredible discounts on retail prices.

5-Hour Private Chauffeur Service from Boston
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5-Hour Private Chauffeur Service from Boston

$83

Relax as your professional chauffeur drives you to your destination in style. We know that traveling can be complicated and stressful, that is why we try to make ordering a chauffeur as easy as possible.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Back Bay

Where to Find the Best Cheap Eats in Boston
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Where to Find the Best Cheap Eats in Boston

Finding the best cheap eats in Boston

America’s Favorite Cheap Places to Eat
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America’s Favorite Cheap Places to Eat

Savoring America’s melting pot of cheap eats and unique treats

5 Historic Cities with Famous American Namesakes
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5 Historic Cities with Famous American Namesakes

Celebrate America’s origins in some of the historic cities its names come from

Other neighborhoods in Boston

South End
An old church has been hollowed out and is being prepped for renovation.
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South End

Known for Urban, Skyscrapers, Architecture

4/5(435 reviews)

Visitors to South End enjoy its cafés, and if you want to do some exploring, Calderwood Pavilion is worth a stop.

Theatre District
Theatre District showing signage, street scenes and a city

Theatre District

Known for Theaters, Entertainment, Chinatown

4/5(274 reviews)

From Broadway musicals to the ballet to the Blue Man Group, you have a wide selection of performances at your fingertips in Boston’s premier cultural district.

Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill which includes landscape views

Beacon Hill

Known for Historical Buildings, Architecture, Urban

5/5(30 reviews)

Lose yourself in the charming streetscapes, historic buildings and village-like atmosphere of Boston’s oldest and wealthiest suburbs.

Chinatown
An authentic hot pot experience at Shabu Zen in the heart of Boston's Chinatown.
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Chinatown

Known for Chinatown, Urban, Theaters

4/5(106 reviews)

Theaters and historic sites are notable features of Chinatown. You might consider a stop by Wilbur Theatre while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Fenway–Kenmore
Fenway Park which includes outdoor art and a statue or sculpture

Fenway–Kenmore

Known for Baseball, Sports, Culture

4.5/5(697 reviews)

Art galleries, museums, and historic sites highlight some notable features of Fenway–Kenmore. Make a stop by Fenway Park or Boston Museum of Fine Arts while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Museum of Fine Arts Station or Fenway Station to get around town.

East Cambridge
A historical city to visit
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East Cambridge

Known for Rivers, Urban, Scenery

4.5/5(392 reviews)

The stunning river views and popular shops are just a few reasons to visit East Cambridge. If you want to do some sightseeing, Cambridgeside Galleria is a top attraction, and you might jump aboard the metro at Lechmere Station to see more of Cambridge.