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10 Boston strolls perfect for fall, mapped

These ambles utilize parks such as Boston Common, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and the Arnold Arboretum

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Given its climate (for now) and its topography, Boston is one of the more beautiful places in the U.S. come autumn.

Here are 10 locations for the perfect fall stroll—parks, squares, streets, and other runs perfectly suited for leisurely rambles amid just a touch of urban bustle.

Leave the power-walking and hiking for elsewhere.

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1. Commonwealth Avenue Mall

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484 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 635-4500
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If the 32-acre expanse shooting through Back Bay feels like a grand Parisian boulevard, that’s intentional—it was designed as such in the 19th century.

Memorials and statues dot the 1.3-mile run, which ends on its eastern terminus at the Public Garden.

A bronze statue along a pedestrian mall. It’s of a man sitting on a big rock. Boston Globe/Contributor/Getty Images

2. Charles River Esplanade

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47 David G Mugar Way
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 626-1250
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The leafier, lusher run of the Charles River Esplanade—from about Berkeley Street in Back Bay to Charles River Dam Road in the West End—is the best part of it for strolling.

As the name implies, the esplanade hugs the Charles River and provides nonstop downtown views and a wee briskness this time of year.

Also, it’s got some snazzy public art.

Trees changing color along the Charles River and next to a pedestrian walkway. Lisi Cai/Getty Images

3. Public Garden

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4 Charles St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 635-4505
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The lusher neighbor of the Common dates from the early 19th century and includes 24 acres of statuary, flowers, foliage, and assorted other plantings as well as plenty of bench seating.

It can be particularly gorgeous at the height of the leaf-changing season in late October/early November. Though, while taking in that kaleidoscope, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the garden’s less obvious gems, too.

Do the whole perimeter if you have the time, or at least down Charles Street.

Trees in Boston’s Public Garden with leaves changing from green to red and orange. Shutterstock

4. Acorn Street

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Acorn St
Boston, MA 02108

The narrow, short street (it’s barely 250 feet long) in Beacon Hill is often called one of the most beautiful in America—and with good measure.

Its cobblestone goodness recalls the 18th- and 19th-century buildup of Boston and looks particularly quaint in the cooler, earlier-evening months.

Plus, there’s plenty to check out in surrounding Beacon Hill.

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5. Boston Common

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139 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 635-4505
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America's oldest public park dates from way, way back in 1634.

Its 50 acres are particularly inviting and scenic in the cooler months, with a number of statues, markers, and monuments for perusal—some less obvious than others—well as plenty of places to sit should the stroll prove taxing.

We suggest starting across Beacon Street from the Massachusetts State House and ambling your way diagonally down toward Boylston Street.

Trees changing color on either side of a walkway. Shutterstock

6. Charlestown’s Monument Square

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Monument Sq
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 242-5641
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This area of Charlestown around the Bunker Hill Monument teems with historic homes, many in the Federal style so endemic to Boston, on gently sloping streets that lead to and from the monument itself.

That alone is a rewarding walk. Feeling especially brisk? Try climbing the 221-foot obelisk.

And then check out the rest of what Charlestown has to offer.

An aerial view of city buildings in Boston. In the foreground is a tall monument. In the distance is a body of water and a skyline with many buildings. Felix Mizioznikov/Shutterstock

7. Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

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Atlantic Ave & High St
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 292-0020
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Pick any point along the 1.5-mile, 15-acre ribbon of parkland born of the Big Dig and you’ve got a prime spot for leisurely taking in the bulk of downtown Boston.

There is also a lot to see within the Greenway itself, including memorials, monuments, and fountains.

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8. Boston Harborwalk

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Boston Wharf Road
Boston, MA 02210

The Harborwalk edges the city in an almost continuous 43-mile run that includes ample opportunity to amble by the water.

There are plenty of attractions and other parkland just off the Harborwalk as well as numerous of places to sit should you decide against strolling the full 43 miles at once.

9. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

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125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 524-1718
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Located in Jamaica Plain, the Arboretum is a 281-acre oasis of trees, flowers, and parkland that Harvard University owns and maintains.

As such, it teems with leaf-laden trails and paths—and quietude amid the city just beyond.

Colorful trees shading a walking path with a bench next to it. Kevin Fleming/Corbis/VCG/Getty Images

10. Franklin Park

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1 Franklin Park Rd
Boston, MA 02121
(617) 635-4505
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The city itself suggests that residents and visitors “perambulate” in this 485-acre expanse.

Its woodlands make for some beautiful sights during the fall—never mind a bit of quiet respite—and there’s a 72-acre zoo within its boundaries.

A tree with lots of pumpkins underneath it. Shutterstock

1. Commonwealth Avenue Mall

484 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
A bronze statue along a pedestrian mall. It’s of a man sitting on a big rock. Boston Globe/Contributor/Getty Images

If the 32-acre expanse shooting through Back Bay feels like a grand Parisian boulevard, that’s intentional—it was designed as such in the 19th century.

Memorials and statues dot the 1.3-mile run, which ends on its eastern terminus at the Public Garden.

484 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

2. Charles River Esplanade

47 David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02108
Trees changing color along the Charles River and next to a pedestrian walkway. Lisi Cai/Getty Images

The leafier, lusher run of the Charles River Esplanade—from about Berkeley Street in Back Bay to Charles River Dam Road in the West End—is the best part of it for strolling.

As the name implies, the esplanade hugs the Charles River and provides nonstop downtown views and a wee briskness this time of year.

Also, it’s got some snazzy public art.

47 David G Mugar Way
Boston, MA 02108

3. Public Garden

4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02116
Trees in Boston’s Public Garden with leaves changing from green to red and orange. Shutterstock

The lusher neighbor of the Common dates from the early 19th century and includes 24 acres of statuary, flowers, foliage, and assorted other plantings as well as plenty of bench seating.

It can be particularly gorgeous at the height of the leaf-changing season in late October/early November. Though, while taking in that kaleidoscope, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the garden’s less obvious gems, too.

Do the whole perimeter if you have the time, or at least down Charles Street.

4 Charles St
Boston, MA 02116

4. Acorn Street

Acorn St, Boston, MA 02108
A cobblestone street with leaves on it. Shutterstock

The narrow, short street (it’s barely 250 feet long) in Beacon Hill is often called one of the most beautiful in America—and with good measure.

Its cobblestone goodness recalls the 18th- and 19th-century buildup of Boston and looks particularly quaint in the cooler, earlier-evening months.

Plus, there’s plenty to check out in surrounding Beacon Hill.

Acorn St
Boston, MA 02108

5. Boston Common

139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111
Trees changing color on either side of a walkway. Shutterstock

America's oldest public park dates from way, way back in 1634.

Its 50 acres are particularly inviting and scenic in the cooler months, with a number of statues, markers, and monuments for perusal—some less obvious than others—well as plenty of places to sit should the stroll prove taxing.

We suggest starting across Beacon Street from the Massachusetts State House and ambling your way diagonally down toward Boylston Street.

139 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02111

6. Charlestown’s Monument Square

Monument Sq, Charlestown, MA 02129
An aerial view of city buildings in Boston. In the foreground is a tall monument. In the distance is a body of water and a skyline with many buildings. Felix Mizioznikov/Shutterstock

This area of Charlestown around the Bunker Hill Monument teems with historic homes, many in the Federal style so endemic to Boston, on gently sloping streets that lead to and from the monument itself.

That alone is a rewarding walk. Feeling especially brisk? Try climbing the 221-foot obelisk.

And then check out the rest of what Charlestown has to offer.

Monument Sq
Charlestown, MA 02129

7. Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

Atlantic Ave & High St, Boston, MA 02110
A round sign on a chain fence next to the water that reads Harborwalk Boston. Shutterstock

Pick any point along the 1.5-mile, 15-acre ribbon of parkland born of the Big Dig and you’ve got a prime spot for leisurely taking in the bulk of downtown Boston.

There is also a lot to see within the Greenway itself, including memorials, monuments, and fountains.

Atlantic Ave & High St
Boston, MA 02110

8. Boston Harborwalk

Boston Wharf Road, Boston, MA 02210

The Harborwalk edges the city in an almost continuous 43-mile run that includes ample opportunity to amble by the water.

There are plenty of attractions and other parkland just off the Harborwalk as well as numerous of places to sit should you decide against strolling the full 43 miles at once.

Boston Wharf Road
Boston, MA 02210

9. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130
Colorful trees shading a walking path with a bench next to it. Kevin Fleming/Corbis/VCG/Getty Images

Located in Jamaica Plain, the Arboretum is a 281-acre oasis of trees, flowers, and parkland that Harvard University owns and maintains.

As such, it teems with leaf-laden trails and paths—and quietude amid the city just beyond.

125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130

10. Franklin Park

1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, MA 02121
A tree with lots of pumpkins underneath it. Shutterstock

The city itself suggests that residents and visitors “perambulate” in this 485-acre expanse.

Its woodlands make for some beautiful sights during the fall—never mind a bit of quiet respite—and there’s a 72-acre zoo within its boundaries.

1 Franklin Park Rd
Boston, MA 02121