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Walking around Beacon Hill, it's hard to find a spot that doesn't look like a postcard — much like its neighbor, Back Bay.
According to the City of Boston, Beacon Hill is named for the location of a former beacon atop the highest point in central Boston. The beacon was used to warn the residents of an invasion. Luckily, Boston is safe from invasions now, leaving its residents to enjoy the treelined streets, brick sidewalks, and gorgeous townhouses. Of course, perhaps what makes Beacon Hill so idyllic is the antique gas lamps that line each sidewalk, providing a magical glow to the streets at night. Feel free to take a "street view" stroll through Beacon Hill with Google Maps.
Not to be overlooked is the Massachusetts State House, the iconic gold-domed building that sits at the top of the hill, as well as Boston's most beloved and famous green spaces: the Public Garden and the Boston Common. Charles Street is the main thoroughfare in Beacon Hill — on "the flat" of the Hill — that has exceptional shopping and dining.
What could possibly make this neighborhood more desireable? Don't forget that the Charles River is at the foot of Beacon Hill, offering residents and visitors the option of strolling, running and cycling along the Charles River Esplanade. The Charles River is also home to the Boston 4th of July celebration, one of the best fireworks displays in the world and also an opportunity to watch and revel with the Boston Pops.
Check out this candid glimpse of Beacon Hill from Japan Airlines: