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Sauntering, cycling, and seeing the home of America's two great revolutions

23 May 2006  I have lived in Concord, MA, for 13 years and been deeply inspired not only by its history but the ongoing legacy it has provided for so much of American intellectual, political, environmental, and spiritual life.
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Embrace the revolutionary heart of America which launched a new nation and birthed a distinctively unique American literature. Wander the shores of Walden Pond and see where Thoreau lived and wrote, taking in, along the way, Emerson's home and the Wayside, all of which helped birth a new literature for a new country by housing Hawthorne, Thoreau, Emerson and others. Bicycle the Battle Road, retracing the route of the British regulars and pausing to ponder the hallowed grounds of the North Bridge where the first resistence to the British regulars was encountered or the stop where Paul Revere was arrested on his midnight ride. Relax at the Concord Museum, seeing, among other things, one of the lanterns once hung in the famed North Church in Boston, alerting the colonists to the movement of the British regulars. Take a moment to visit the spot where Thoreau was jailed for refusing to pay his taxes, leading to his famous work on "Civil Disobedience." Enjoy a glass of grape juice developed from the now world-famous Concord grape while enjoying a view of the town green from the outdoor vertanda of the local inn, in sight of a stop on the Underground Railroad and downstairs from a famously haunted room in the inn. Relax in the environs of Walden Woods, saved from descretion by Don Henley of the Eagles and enjoy a casual walk along a path, recently dedicated, which was used by Thoreau himself.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Concord
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Seniors, Students, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Concord
    Concord, Massachusetts

    Charming colonial community with rich history involving sights of the American Revolution and America's great literary revolution as well.

  • 2. Concord Museum
    Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusetts

    Beautifully maintained museum open to the public and showcasing Concord's role in the American Revolution, its remarkable literary heritage, and various changing exhibits connecting Concord's rich history with contemporary life.

  • 3. Concord River
    Concord River, Concord, Massachusetts

    Bring your own canoe or rent one from the South Bridge Boathouse and enjoy a leisurely trip along the Concord River, paddling past sights and scenes made famous by heroes of the Revolution or the likes of Thoreau and the transcendentalists who were inspired by the beautiful scenery of their town.