The Back Bay and Beacon Hill districts of Boston are arguably the trendiest areas in the city. Here you can spend your days window-shopping from designer boutiques, sipping coffees in cool cafes and kicking back in peaceful Boston Common.
From grand architecture to buzzing nightlife, pretty parks to modern restaurants, this area has it all – including the iconic gold-domed Massachusetts State House that’s quintessential Boston. With YOTEL Boston as your luxurious base, here’s our guide to some of the best sights and attractions in Back Bay and Beacon Hill.
MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE
Massachusetts State House (Source: Celine)
With its gold dome glinting above the Boston skyline, the Massachusetts State House has become synonymous with this city. This grand building is where state leaders try to turn their bills into laws, and a free 40-minute tour is an interesting way to learn about the history, artwork and architecture of the State House. Be sure to visit the marble Great Hall, where 351 hanging flags represent each and every town in Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts State House is a 13-minute drive or 24-minute walk from YOTEL Boston.
Distance from YOTEL Boston: 1.1 miles
Massachusetts State House official site
24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133
Boston Common (Source: Doug Kerr)
Covering approximately 50 acres, Boston Common is America’s oldest park and has a long and fascinating history. Previously a cow pasture, a militia practice area, a British army camp and the site of public hangings and duels, today Boston Common is a place where residents come to relax. Make sure you check out the Frog Pond, Central Burying Grounds and the Boston Massacre Memorial.
Boston Common is a 12-minute drive or 23-minute walk from YOTEL Boston.
Distance from YOTEL Boston: 1.1 miles
Boston Common official site
139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111
BOSTON PUBLIC GARDENS
Boston Public Gardens (Source: Jeff Gunn)
For some peace and quiet, head to the Public Gardens beside Boston Common. In the 1800s this area was nothing more than a tidal salt marsh, but today it’s a beautiful oasis of serenity. On a fine day you can hop on one of the pedal-powered swan boats, lie back in the thick grass, or simply enjoy some tranquil reflection under a weeping willow.
The Boston Public Gardens are a 10-minute drive or a 15-minute journey on public transport from YOTEL Boston.
Distance from YOTEL Boston: 1.5 miles
Public Gardens official site
4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02116
CHARLES RIVER ESPLANADE
Charles River Esplanade (Source: Ernest McGray, Jr.)
The Charles River Esplanade stretches for nearly three miles, from the Museum of Science to Boston University Bridge. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, it’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. With several playgrounds along the way, these pretty paths are ideal for cycling or a gentle walk. Keep an eye out for the artwork and sculptures throughout.
The Charles River Esplanade is an 11-minute drive or a 34-minute journey on public transport from YOTEL Boston.
Distance from YOTEL Boston: 2.3 miles
BLACK HERITAGE TRAIL
Learn about Boston’s black history with the Black Heritage Trail. You can explore the history of the abolitionist movement and Beacon Hill’s African American settlements on the NPS guided tour, which takes 90 minutes. Alternatively, make the journey by yourself and go at your own pace; pick up a map from the Museum of African American History.
The Black Heritage Trail is an 11-minute drive or a 22-minute walk from YOTEL Boston.
Distance from YOTEL Boston: 1 mile
Black Heritage Trail official site
14 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108
Copley Square (Source: Carlos Pacheco)
Copley Square is the beating heart of Boston. Home to the magnificent Public Library and Trinity Church, the square is ideal for people-watching and getting a feel for the city. Every day there’s something different going on, from farmer’s markets to street performances to food stalls, and some of the city’s best restaurants are found around here too.
Copley Square is a 14-minute drive or a 24-minute journey on public transport from YOTEL Boston.
Distance from YOTEL Boston: 1.7 miles
The best place in Boston to sip artisan cocktails and rub shoulders with beautiful people is City Bar at the Lenox Hotel. This sophisticated spot revs things up during the late hours when the cool vibe becomes clubby. You can spend hours here sampling the mouth-watering cocktails, but traditionalists will be equally happy thanks to the 40 scotches on the menu.
City Bar is a 14-minute drive or a 21-minute journey on public transport from YOTEL Boston.
Distance from YOTEL Boston: 1.9 miles
City Bar official website
61 Exeter St, Boston, MA 02116
Within easy walking distance of Black Bay and Beacon Hill's best attractions, YOTEL Boston is a convenient and luxurious base to explore the city. Check availability and book today.