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Oh, skyline, how I do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Posted by Joe Allen-Black  October 1, 2011 06:16 PM

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For some reason, I've always been enamored by city skylines. Mountains and rolling hills can be breathtaking, but city skylines create an amazing energy that trees can never match for me.

When I first saw Boston's skyline, I fell in love. The blue lights on the State Street building were amazing, the clock on the Custom House Tower simply made me happy, and when the light hit the John Hancock building my jaw dropped. One of the reasons I picked my apartment in Medford was because it had a view of the skyline from the porch.

For the past few months, I've been trying to determine the best view of the skyline. Anyone who's been stuck on a Joe-tour-of-Boston has has had to listen to me prattle on and on about the pluses and minuses of every view.

Well, after my extensive research, here are my favorites in rank order. What am I missing? Where else should I be looking at the skyline?

- The view from the back of a Boston Harbor boat heading out to the Harbor Islands. I've made a few trips out to Georges Island and made it out to Spectacle Island. Being on the islands is fun and relaxing, but the best part is leaving the dock and looking back at Long Wharf and the buildings towering over it.

- Top of the Hub: I haven't tried the fancy part of the restaurant, but I did try the bar area, and I took the opportunity to do a tour of Boston from above out the restaurant's windows. My seat overlooked the South End, and as daylight ended, I watched all the lights in buildings glow. You can see everything from there. It's incredibly romantic.

- Taking the Red Line between Charles/MGH and Kendall Square: The first time I went to Cambridge, the view made me do a double take. I mean, really, it's a view from a train. But, there were sailboats in the water, the sun was reflecting off the water, and the buildings looked incredible. This is such a great way to see the Back Bay and the Esplanade.

- From the Custom House Tower: Everyday you can go to the top of the tower. You get a great view of the Financial District's tallest buildings, an amazing view of the North End, and great look at the airport. This would be higher on the list, if it didn't remove the chance to see the Custom House in the skyline.

- Driving up Interstate 93 at dusk: I hate driving. Part of the reason I came to Boston was because of the public transportation. Every now and again, though, I have to drive from work in Dorchester to home in Medford. I drives me insane, except for the great view of the skyline, specifically the State Street Building. The blue lights just make me happy.

So those are my favorite views so far of the skyline. What am I missing? Where am I off base?

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Joe Allen-Black left the flat landscape and temperate climes of Florida, where he was a reporter and web producer, for the peaks, valleys, and mercurial weather of New England. Joe, More »

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