"The literary heart and soul of the US" Top 5 Page for this destination Concord by Jefie

Concord Travel Guide: 74 reviews and 137 photos

Concord is located about 45 minutes away from Boston, and two things will usually draw people to this quiet little town: history and literature. History, because the Battle of Concord, which took place on April 19, 1775, effectively marked the beginning of the American Revolutionary War; and literature, because during the 19th century, Concord became the home of America's greatest and most influential writers: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bronson and Louisa May Alcott all contributed to turn Concord into "the biggest little place in America", according to fellow writer Henry James.

Over a century later, surprinsingly little seems to have changed in the charming town of Concord - the authors' homes are still there, the Minute Man is still looking over the North Bridge, and you can still enjoy a good pot roast at the local inn. So if you're ready to take a step back in time, make sure to add Concord to your list of places to discover!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The home of transcendentalism and "Little Women"
  • Cons:Almost impossible to visit on foot
  • In a nutshell:A great day-trip idea when you're visiting Boston
  • Last visit to Concord: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • songlines's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Hi Isa, so much enjoyed reading some of your pages, especially Concord, I just discovered the place, first time in US, totally moved by Thoreau and Emerson, loved visiting the place! Hope to return some time. Greetings from West Cork.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Isa, I was expecting some coaches after I saw the Beautiful "Concord Coach" on display at the road stop at Franconia Notch.

  • Dester's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Wonderful tips Isa, I'll bet your glad you squeezed this in


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