Having grown up in Massachusetts, it’s easy for me to dismiss it as an interesting destination. The Alcott House, Bunker Hill, The House of the Seven Gables, even the Nantucket Whaling Museum are just school field trips to take for granted. I’ve thought a lot about writing a Concord day trip guide but I was always worried it’d be too boring!

I grew up next to historical Concord, MA and often take its well-preserved stately homes and charming downtown for granted. But I’m strolling down Walden Street with an iced coffee from Main Streets Market + Cafe on a gorgeous, sunny day and I’m so happy. It’s quintessential¬†New England, and it’s home,¬† so how can I not share it with you?¬† Whether you’re visiting Boston, or have lived here your whole life, a Concord day trip is worth the drive!

Visiting Concord from Boston is actually super easy. I recommend grabbing the Commuter Rail from North Station (it’s like $20 round trip) to avoid the traffic on Route 2 but, if you plan it well, you can do the drive in twenty to thirty minutes. Just avoid rush hour as much as possible. Trust me. Concord has plenty of public parking and the train station is an easy, 5-minute walk from “downtown.” (Tip: You can also take the train an extra stop to “West Concord” but most day-trippers will prefer to get off the train at “Concord.”)

Before you start out, stop by Haute Coffee for their thick cut cinnamon toast. It’s heavenly.

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