Boston's Natural Beauty, In 17 Photos

Watching rowers slice their oars through the smooth surface of the water during the yearly Head of the Charles Race, with Harvard's steeples reflected in the river's glassy surface. Walking among the stately townhouses and shady trees of Commonwealth Avenue on a colorful fall day. Brunching on a shady patio on Newbury Street on a sunny summer afternoon. Navigating the narrow cobblestone streets and charming nooks of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Taking in a baseball game under the bright lights of Fenway Park, with a view of the sparkling skyline in the distance. Reclining on the fields of Boston Common, under the gleaming dome of the State House. From its charming, old architecture, to its Atlantic Ocean-adjacent location, to its acres of public parks, to its dozens of picturesque college campuses, Boston is an undeniably beautiful city — and one made even more appealing by the fact that you can stroll so easily from one lovely attraction to the next. So take the T downtown, hop off at any stop, and meander around one of the country's most gorgeous urban areas. You can pack a lot of sightseeing into a single day in beautiful Boston — and here are 17 sights to seek out.

Sunset Over Fenway Park: Click here for image.

Boston's Beacon Hill Neighborhood: Click here for image.

Boston Lights: Click here for image

The Esplanade on Fourth Of July: Click here for image.

The Skyline: Click here for image.

Super Moon Rises Over Boston

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Commonwealth Avenue: Click here for image.

The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

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Fenway Park

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Boston Light: Click here for image.

Autumn in Boston

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The View From Boston's Museum of Science: Click here for image.

Boston Common

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The John Hancock Tower

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Boston Public Library

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Fourth Of July In Boston

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And while you're in town, head to Concord to check out the Historic Concord Bridge. Click here for image.