Harvard University

Founded in 1636, not only is Harvard the oldest higher learning institution in America but it is one of the preeminent universities in the world.

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Harvard Bridge
Connecting Cambridge to Boston, the Harvard Bridge is actually famous from an MIT fraternity prank, in which a gentleman measured the length of the bridge by his body size. To this day, the bridge is measured in 'smoots.'
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ranked for several years as the best university in the world, and topping the ranking on 12 of 48 disciplines, MIT has emerged in its own right as a draw for Cambridge visitors.
Longfellow House
During the siege of Boston, the Longfellow House served as General Washington's headquarters. In 1972, it was donated to the national park services for preservation.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Though Cambridge is an independent city from Boston, the two cities have grown synonymous with one another. Cambridge is home to two of the world's leading academic institutions.
Fenway Neighborhood
Though Fenway Park is at the heart of the neighborhood, it has become synonymous with an urban foodie scene and the home of some of Boston's greatest public art spaces.
Washington Elm
Though the story has largely been disputed, the memorial stone located in Cambridge, MA recognizes the tree under which General Washington accepted the command of the American Army.

Related Tours

Cambridge, Lexington, & Concord: Private Revolutionary War Tour
Immerse yourself in this Revolutionary War full-day driving tour which will take you on a journey to explore the significant sites of the American Revolution. You will explore the historic towns of Cambridge, Lexington, and Concord, where the American Revolution began.

On your private tour, you will:

  • Begin with bookends of the war in Boston, with visits to Bunker Hill and Dorchester Heights;
  • Stop by Cambridge, where two of America’s famous universities (MIT and Harvard) are based, and Tory Row, where the loyalists to the Crown had their stately homes;
  • See Washington’s Boston Headquarters at Longfellow House in Cambridge;
  • Explore Lexington, where the first battle of the American Revolution took place on April 19, 1775;
  • Discover Concord and visit the Old North Bridge, where your guide will tell you the real story about the "shot heard round the world" and Paul Revere’s famous ride;
  •  While in the towns, you’ll explore Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Lexington GreenWalden Pond, and several other notable sites from the war. 
  • Hear fascinating insights into the events that took place in these historic towns where you will experience firsthand the spirit of the American Revolution.

Step back in time to the days when America was a collection of colonies, obligated to pay taxes to the English Crown. Immerse yourself in the colonial experience, the frustrations of the patriots, and the fears of the loyalists. 

This tour will bring to life the places you learned about in your history classes, and give you the chance to remember the famed moments, while also challenging the nostalgic, hackneyed stories that don’t quite capture the full reality of the revolutionary period. 

Whether you’re a history aficionado or someone who is curious about the war but also curious to explore the towns aside from their history, your driver guide will be perfectly able to tailor the itinerary for you, giving you plenty of time to ask questions or to walk through the towns and browse as well. 
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