Views from the #617

Written by: Sanjna Basa

It’s nice to get off campus for a bit and take a little study break, especially if you’re in such a dynamic city like Boston. If you’re a sucker for great views like me, you should check out my top five favorite spots for a sick view of Boston!

5. Prudential Tower Skywalk Observatory, Back Bay: Located right in Back Bay and a short 20 minute walk from East Campus, the Skywalk Observatory is a beautiful room at the top of the Pru surrounded by glass windows. You can oversee Commonwealth Avenue and all of BU, MIT, and a great view of the John Hancock building.


4. Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown: I see this view as “the view heard ’round the world.” It was an important battleground in the Revolutionary War, so there is definitely a historic and patriotic feel around the park. You can choose to climb the 294 stairs to the top of the monument and look at Boston from quite a distance or you can chill at the park and pack a nice picnic and appreciate the brownstones of Charlestown.


3. Graffiti Bridge, Boston University: Located right underneath the Boston University Bridge, you can see in the distance the skyline of Back Bay and the trail of the Esplanade. It’s a great place for photography adventures, so get your Instagrams ready!


2. Custom House Tower, Downtown: My favorite view of Boston lies downtown and in the form of a city geotag. It’s right past Faneuil Hall, and entry to the top is just $7 with a complementary drink, or $15 with a glass of wine. Filled with history, art, and incredible architecture, it’s definitely a sight both inside the tower and on top.


1. Boston Harborwalk, Seaport: Quite possibly one of the most popular views of Boston, this walkway shows a beautiful skyline of downtown Boston. It is iconic, and watching the sunrise (yes, I’ve done it) from Rowes Wharf should definitely be on your Boston bucket list! And of course, grab dinner at one of many seafood restaurants, closely located in Seaport.



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