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The pretty town of Concord, 19 miles (31 km) west of Boston Common, is a popular destination for those wanting to get out of Boston for a day.

Walden Pond, Concord MA
Walden Pond 



Concord, Massachusetts is historic, having been founded in 1635, the oldest European-settled town in New England beyond tidewater.

It was in neighboring Lexington that the first shots of the American Revolution were fired on April 19, 1775, the day now commemorated as Patriots Day in Massachusetts.

But the first American victory was at Concord's Old North Bridge, an easy 15-minute walk from Monument Square, the town center (map). More...

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. Its fine inns, B&Bs and hotels allow you to stay the night comfortably if you wish. With more than two dozen restaurants, it can satisfy your appetite, from a simple cup of coffee or a picnic to a gourmet repast.

You can get to Concord MA by car, bike or train for a day of walking, biking, swimming or shopping. More...

  Redcoat re-enacters, Concord MA
  Redcoat re-enacters,
Concord MA.

Concord's authors are as famous as their town, including Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

The Wayside and Orchard House, homes of the Alcotts, and Emerson's house are open to visit, Thoreau's famous cabin on Walden Pond has been replicated, and Thoreau's birthplace restored and opened to the public.

You can even visit these authors' graves on Authors Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, a few minutes' walk from Monument Square. More...

On September 11th & 12th, 2010, Concord celebrated the 375th anniversary of its founding with a parade that included Minutemen re-enactors:

Minutemen, Concord MA
Minutemen marching through Concord...

West Concord, on the southwestern side of MA Route 2, 2.7 miles (3.5 km) from Monument Square (map), is Concord as non-touristy real life, with a great selection of caf├ęs and restaurants. More...

For photos of Concord, see the NETP Concord Photo Gallery.

You can easily spend a whole day or two in Concord, or you can visit the most important sights in a somewhat rushed morning or afternoon.

Here's how to travel from Boston to Concord by car, train and bicycle.

Concord Hotels & Inns

Concord Restaurants

What to See & Do

Sightseeing Map

Walking Tour of Concord

Tourist Information

Patriots' Day (April 19)

Concord Photo Gallery

Concord Transportation


Around Boston




Canoes at Old North Bridge, Concord MA

Above, Concord's Old North Bridge, site of the first American military victory (1775) in the Revolutionary War.

Below, Orchard House, home of
Louisa May Alcott and family.


Orchard House, Home of the Alcotts, Concord MA
Orchard House

375th Birthday Cake, Concord MA
Concord celebrates the 375th anniversary
of its founding (1635).

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