Boston is home to a number of beautiful areas that offer an extra level of charm during the fall months when the leaves start to change their colors. If you want to explore some of this natural beauty without having to leave the city, here are some great places to take a walk and soak it all in this fall.
Barely 250 feet along, the Beacon Hill street of Acorn Street is often referred to as the most beautiful street in the country. The cobblestone street recalls the 18th– and 19-th century buildup of Boston, while the surrounding area has plenty to check out and explore.
Edging the city in a nearly continuous 43-mile run, Boston Harborwalk provides lovely views along the water. The Harborwalk also boasts plenty of attractions and other parkland along with plenty of places to sit.
Charlestown’s Monument Square
Situated around the Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown’s Monument Square boasts historic homes on gently sloping streets. Climbing the 221-foot obelisk offers additional magnificent views of the area.
Commonwealth Avenue Mall
The 32-acre Commonwealth Avenue Mall passes through the Back Bay like a grand Parisian boulevard. You can explore a number of memorials and statues along the 1.3 mile run, which ends at the Public Garden. Start the journey at 484 Commonwealth Avenue.
Charles River Esplanade
The stretch of the Charles River Esplanade that runs from Berkeley Street in Back Bay to Charles River Dam Road in the West End offers the best opportunity for leaf peeping along this walkway. As it hugs the Charles River, the Esplanade offers nonstop views of the downtown area while also serving as the home to some amazing public art that has recently been added to the area. Find the Charles River Esplanade at 47 David G. Mugar Way.
Hanover Street in the North End is a traditional Italian-American enclave filled with history along with plenty of places to eat, drink and shop.
While the actual Louisburg square is a private area that can only be accessed by those who own property around it, it is still a worthwhile stroll along the perimeter. The Greek revival townhouses lining the square are among the many attractions to find here. Louisburg Square also serves as a good starting point for exploring the attractions found in the surrounding Beacon Hill.
Dating back to the early 19th century, the Public Garden boasts 24 acres of statuary, foliage, flowers and other assorted plantings. Walking the whole perimeter is a treat, particularly during the fall months, but those who are short on time might wish to focus on walking down Charles Street. Plenty of bench seating is also available. The Public Garden can be found at 4 Charles Street.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway
Part of the Big Dig, the 15-acre ribbon of parkway known as Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway offers 1.5 miles of walkway to explore. In addition for offering a leisurely way to take in the bulk of downtown Boston, the Greenway itself features numerous monuments, memorials and fountains.