When I’m traveling I love getting to some vantage point where I can see the skyline, the heartbeat of the city. The best place to do that in Boston was from the center of Harvard Bridge [Massachusetts Ave and Beacon St Boston, MA 02138].
The bridge is less than half a mile long and connects Boston to Cambridge. On the Cambridge side you pop out right by MIT. The view of the city is as good as it gets, and since the clouds were finally clearing out there were plenty of sailboats out on a warm Sunday afternoon.
I was surprised and elated to find that on both sides of the bridge there were walking paths named the Charles River Esplanade. The Cambridge side is just a sidewalk, but it has the better view of the city.
This is truly an urban oasis! There is a specific lane for bikers on the trail which is better for pedestrian traffic. I would highly recommend a walk over the bridge and on the esplanade during any trip to Boston.