John Hancock Observatory

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by TRAVELPRO guide on May 29, 2003

We encountered much interesting history on the observation deck of the 60-floor John Hancock Tower, a sparkling mirror-glass skyscraper in Copley Square in Boston's historic Back Bay. It's probably the best place to get an overall view of Boston. You look down from a towering 740 feet above the heart of Boston. It is the tallest building in all of New England and nationally acclaimed for for its award-winning design.

The express elevator whisks you straight up to the top floor where you can see sail boats dotting the Charles River, bustling Loan International Airport, and even New Hampshire's White Mountains in the distance.

Inside in a heavily-protected showcase, we viewed an original oversized signature of John Hancock, one of the original signers of the American Declaration of Independence. I had always heard about his large signature, but it was amazing to see the actual signed copy with his enormous scrawl.

In the shadow of the skyscraper is the famous 1877 Trinity Church, one of the top 10 architectural churches in America.

Hancock Tower
200 Clarendon Street
Boston, Massachusetts

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