Walden Pond

Made famous by Thoreau, who had a home on the north side of the lake, Walden Pond is now a National Historic Landmark.

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Old North Bridge
Made famous as the site of the first day of the Revolutionary War, Old North Bridge lives in history as the place where “the shot heard ‘round the world” was fired.
Orchard House
Formerly the home of Louisa May Alcott, Orchard House appeared in both Little Women films, and is the setting of many of the books’ famed moments.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Though it is the burial place of several notable writers, and has an area devoted to them called ‘Author’s Ridge’, the cemetery remains in use today by the people of Concord.
Concord, MA
A small town outside of Boston, Concord is known primarily for its role in the Revolutionary War and the transcendentalist movement.
The Old Manse
This famous mansion has been the home of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s grandfather, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and has a garden constructed by Henry David Thoreau.
Lexington Green
George Washington called the battle on Lexington Green the first battle of the revolution, where 8 minutemen were killed and 10 more were injured.

Related Tours

Visit Historic Concord on a Private Day Trip from Boston
From its revolutionary history to its literary history, Concord is a must-see for any history or literary buff and a perfect day trip idea from Boston. Immerse yourself in the birthplace of renowned literary figures inspired by nature, and explore important landmarks of American history, including the American Revolution.

On your private day trip, you will:

  • Visit the site of the first battle of the American Revolutionary War, the Old North Bridge, that not only offers lovely views but there are various historical monuments worth exploring;
  • Visit the Old Manse House grounds, famous for its American historical and literary associations as it was the home for both Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne;
  • Take a stroll down the scenic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - the final resting place for the Alcott family, Thoreau, and Emerson at Author’s Ridge;
  • Visit author Louisa May Alcott’s charming Orchard House and enjoy their guided tour of the historic home;
  • Travel back in time to Walden Pond, where 18th-century author Henry David Thoreau's Walden followed his yearning for a simple life, not only historical but gorgeous.

Concord, a town to the northwest of Boston, has a key place in US history, as a town shaped by rebellion, militiamen and revolutionary spirit. It is here that around 2,000 militiamen - dubbed “minutemen” for their ability to be ready for action at a moment’s notice - gathered to pursue British troops. 

The town’s North Bridge has significant national importance, as the historical site of the Battle of Concord on the first day of the American War of Independence. When news of the battle reached London, it made a strong statement regarding the grit of patriot forces. 

Honoured in American history today, as the American Revolutionary War’s first military engagement, Concord paved the way for the Liberty and creation of the United States of America.

However, aside from its revolutionary history, the old town of Concord is known as being the home of several authors and the transcendentalist movement. The town was where Thoreau wrote On Walden Pond, where The Scarlet Letter author, Hawthorne, lived, and where Louisa May Alcott grew up in Orchard House, one of the stars of her novel, Little Women. 

On your tour, you will have the chance to visit Orchard House, with tickets included for you to explore the house. Delve into the fascinating literary history of the area by visiting Author’s Ridge and the home of Louisa May Alcott. 

For the true literary enthusiast, we suggest visiting The Concord Bookshop, where you can even acquire works from all the authors who famously lived in the town.
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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