Believe it or not, I found a special spot in Boston, that I recommend everyone visits at least once. As you step into a squat, homely parking garage, a few seconds from the Kendall T stop and take an elevator to the top floor, I can almost reassure you that you won't be prepared for the unbelievable view. There are 30,000 square feet of beautifully maintained gardens, with benches and picnic tables tucked away so that you feel like you’re the only person up there (a lot of the time, you are).
When I visited, the garden it was bursting with coneflowers and black-eyed Susans. I could hear mockingbirds and mourning doves in the trees. It’s partly enclosed by red brick buildings, but somehow, it doesn’t matter. You can go there and lie in the grass for hours, but don't stay for too long. There is a small but extremely devoted band of park users who would rather keep the place to themselves. :)
At 4 Cambridge Center, Kendall Square... check it out.