Founded in 1635, Concord is New England’s oldest European-settled town beyond tidewater. The first American victory in the War of Independence was at Concord’s Old North Bridge. In the mid-1800s, Emerson, Thoreau, the Alcotts, Hawthorne and other Concord authors helped to create a uniquely American literature.
Concord is a popular excursion destination for visitors in Boston, and even for Bostonians wanting to “get out into the country” for a day of walking, biking, sightseeing, boutique-shopping or even canoeing or kayaking.
You can get to Concord from Boston by car, train, rideshare or bike, and easily spend a whole day or two enjoying the town, or you can visit the most important sights in a somewhat rushed morning or afternoon.
To Concord by car or rideshare from Boston takes 30 to 40 minutes, by train only a few minutes’ more. If you’re an avid biker, follow the Minuteman Bikeway from Cambridge MA to Bedford, then the Reformatory Branch trail to Concord.