Boston Day Trip - America's History

Lexington, Concord

Why Go: This is a "must do" day trip for American history buffs. You can follow the route taken by Paul Revere to the Revolutionary battlegrounds.

What you can do: In Lexington, you can visit the town's historic landmarks such as Buckman Tavern, Munroe Tavern, and the Hancock-Clarke House. These are all tied to the early stages of the American Revolution. Once you leave Lexington you can enter Minute Man Historical Park. You can learn about the early stages of the Revolutionary War and visit sites for the next 3 to 4 miles. Plan to stop at the Minute Man Visitor Center, on the eastern edge of the park to obtain a guide for your visit. Once you leave the park you are in Concord. You can stop at the Concord Monument Square-Lexington Road Historic District. Concord is not only known for its role in the Revolutionary War but also has a remarkably rich literary history centered in the mid-nineteenth century around Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne and others.

Travel portion: You'll want a car for this day trip. Lexington is about a 30 minute drive from downtown, depending on traffic. Lexington to Concord is about another 15 minutes. Most of your time will be visiting historical sites, museums and walking around the towns. It is only 45 minutes to an hour back to Boston. On route to Concord, you will pass through Minute Man National Historical Park

Specific Directions: By car, travel from downtown Boston north on I-93 to Medford. Take MA-60 west (High St to Medford St) to Arlington. Take a right on Massachusetts 3A (Massachusetts Ave) into Lexington (the road becomes MA-4 and MA-225 along the way). From Lexington to Concord, take Massachusetts Ave west. Follow Massachusetts Ave until it joins with Marrett Rd (Massachusetts 2A) through Minute Man National Historical Park, towards Concord. In the park the road becomes the Great Rd and then Lexington Rd all the way to Concord. To return to Boston, Take MA-2 back to town.

Food options: Breakfast in Boston, lunch in Lexington (a sandwich at Neillio's Gourmet Kitchen or Marrett Square Deli, or a "sit-down" meal at Mario's Italian Restaurant or Daikanyama Japanese Cuisine) and dinner in Concord (Colonial Inn Restaurants or Serafina Ristorante)