Tourists may understandably flock to the stunning Public Garden and Boston Common to enjoy some greenery and relax, but Back Bay residents know the Commonwealth Avenue Mall is the spot to really sit and take in some greenery.
Locals pepper the benches that appear along the tree-lined stretch between Arlington Street and Massachusetts Avenue, and I personally love being surrounded by the classic, beautiful Boston brownstones which run the length of the street. With close proximity to both Newbury Street and Boylston Street, I love to get an iced drink in the summer – or a toasty beverage in the cooler months – sit with a book and watch the world go by. And by world, I mean dogs, because oh my, does Commonwealth Avenue have some majestic pups walked along it.
The Comm Ave Mall is also the perfect scenic route to get to the Garden and the Common, if those are your destinations, as you can easily count off the street names in reverse alphabetical order until you hit Arlington Street. The tree canopied street spits you out right in front of the Public Garden’s George Washington statue, framed impressively against the Financial District skyline.
Regardless of the season, it’s a top spot for people-, dog-, and nature-watching. If you’re looking to get a little greenery in your commute, Comm Ave is one of the most stunning walks in the city.