Experience one of the most historic towns in America by planning a trip to Concord, the oldest European-settled town beyond tidewater in New England. People travel to this destination northwest of Boston, Massachusetts to learn more about its literary legacy and role in the Revolutionary War. Along with seeing the homes of the authors who penned Waldon, Little Women, Nature, and The House of the Seven Gables, visitors have an excellent opportunity to enjoy the outdoors by walking, biking, or canoeing. Patriots Day on April 19 is a big deal here as everyone dresses up and watches a re-enactment of the battle at the North Bridge. As for food and drink, make reservations at the rustic 80 Walden or Woods Hill Table for contemporary North American fare in a chic setting.
Consider Monument Square as a good starting point to explore the town. Next head to Minuteman National Historic Park, which is comprised of several sites significant to the Revolutionary War, including Battle Road and Old North Bridge. Nearby, the Old Manse, is intriguing because Ralph Waldo Emerson spent time here, and later Nathaniel Hawthorne would also make it his residence. Also worth a visit is Orchard House where Louisa May Alcott grew up, as well as Walden Pond, made famous by Henry David Thoreau. At the Concord Museum, engaging exhibits touch on the early days of America, while the Grape Discovery Center at Welch’s shines the spotlight on the Concord grape with an immersive experience that includes a tour and tastings.
There is something to do in every season in Concord. However, most people visit typically from mid May to early October because of the comfortable temperatures that make it ideal for strolling around town.