Preview City Bus Tours in Boston

Half-Day Guided Boston Bus Tour


Adults/Children $56/$46
Daily at 10 am (4.5 Hours)

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  • Enjoy fully-guided Boston bus tour of historic neighboring towns of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord and learn how these areas played a part in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars

  • Take the same path Paul Revere took on his legendary midnight ride in 1775, by riding along the historic Battle Road Trail, with your expert local tour guide!

  • See the national historic landmarks, such as the Lexington Battle Green and Harvard Yard, as well as houses of famous authors - Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott

TOUR DESCRIPTION

For the perfect preview of all that the great city of Boston, Massachusetts has to offer, look no further than preview city bus tours with USA Guided Tours! This tour will give you a taste of Boston’s rich history and deep roots in American Culture.
For the first part of this guided bus tour, we’ll head north crossing over the Charles River to nearby Cambridge - home to two of the world’s most well-known universities - Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
We’ll then drive by historic Harvard Yard, which is not only the oldest part of the campus but also the center of its history. In fact, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States! The famous Harvard Yard is located in the center of it all, neighboring a large portion of freshman dormitories dating back to 1720, and the offices of the president of Harvard himself! Come witness these historic buildings for yourself. When you are finished, don’t miss the opportunity to marvel at MIT’s campus just next door. MIT was founded to kick start our nation’s industrial revolution, bringing together some of the most brilliant minds in the country. Since then, MIT has become a global icon as a magnet for exceptional talent across the world.
Experience part of America’s history, right where it unfolded. We’ll also see Cambridge Common - a public park located near Harvard Square where General George Washington gathered troops during the American Revolutionary War. Then off to Lexington, where we’ll visit Lexington Battle Green - a historic town where the American Revolutionary War began. This is the site that the initial opening shots were fired, marking the beginning of the battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. On this date, local militiamen emerged from Buckman Tavern near Cambridge Common. These men were the first of many casualties when the two sides began exchanging the fire that began the American Revolution.

The bus tour continues along Battle Road Trail between Lexington and Concord - which marks the path taken by British soldiers during the war. It is also the road Paul Revere took to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that “the British are coming”. This historic trail connects connects from Meriam’s Corner in Concord to the eastern side of the park in Lexington. On this trail, you will see both the original preserved portions of the main battle road, as well as offshoots in the nearby wetlands, forests, and farming fields taken by the minutemen. 

While in Concord, we’ll see the homes of Louisa May Alcott - author of the classic novel Little Women. Enjoy a stop outside of Louisa May Alcott’s orchard house and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery this region has to offer. Then continue on to see the home of the legendary essayist, poet, and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson.

As a bonus, we’ll stop by the Old North Bridge - a historic site in the Battle of Concord; the first day of battle in the Revolutionary War. The tour returns to the original departure point.

TOUR ITINERARY

$56/$46 | 10 AM (4.5 Hours)

Starts/Ends: Trinity Church
206 Clarendon St Boston, MA 02116 - St James Ave Side
  • Cambridge, MA
    • Harvard University (Stop)
      • Known as one of the most famous private Ivy League universities, Harvard University was founded in 1636. The university is home to many famous alumni, such as Natalie Portman and Barack Obama. Since its founding in 1636, Harvard has made many various historic accomplishments, which you can learn all about on our tour.
    • Paul Revere’s Ride (Drive by)
      • April 18, 1775, Paul Revere raced through Boston to Concord to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British troops were coming to arrest them. During your Boston tour, you’ll be driving by the place where Paul Revere hurried along on his horse to warn Adams and Hancock of the upcoming event. To learn more about Paul Revere’s journey, feel free to ask one of our tour guides for more information during your tour.
    • Belmont, Boston (Drive by)
      • One of the best places to live in is in Belmont. It’s a great residential area for people living in Massachusetts and is only approximately 8 miles away from Boston. This is a great destination to drive by on your Boston tour. To learn more about the location, don’t hesitate to ask our knowledgeable tour guides for more.
  • Lexington, MA
    • Lexington Common National Historic Site (Stop)
      • This site is also known as the Lexington Common. On April 19, 1775, the opening shots of the Battles of Lexington and Concord were fired. This act started the American Revolutionary War. The Lexington Common is the perfect stop for your Boston tour. Our tour guides will provide you with a plethora of information regarding this famous historical site.
  • Concord, MA
    • The Wayside Home of Authors (Drive by)
      • This home is naturally titled because of three famous authors who have lived here. Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, lived here with her sisters for much of her childhood. She describes this in her book, as well. Nathaniel Hawthorne, who is most famous for writing The Scarlet Letter, lived here for some time too. Harriett Lothrop, who was a children’s author going by the pen name Margaret Sidney, lived here with her daughter for quite some time. These authors surely made a lot of history in this house, and we’d love for you to learn all about it on our tour.
    • Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House (Stop - outside only)
      • This is where the Alcott’s lived for a very long time. This was one of Louisa May Alcott’s settings for her book Little Women. Today, there are always events and tours being held here at the house, as it is an extremely important historical site. While we can only visit the outside of the house during our tour, our intelligent tour guides will be happy to inform you about all the information regarding Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson House (Drive by)
      • This was home to the famous Ralph Waldo Emerson, who purchased this home in July 1835. Emerson is best known for his terrific writing and poems. His family lived in this home for about 47 years. An interesting fact about this home is when Emerson bought it, he decided to plant many trees. The last tree came down in 2012 as a result of a storm. You can drive by this house during your Boston tour, and take in the many facts about Emerson and his time in this house.
    • Concord River Bridge (Drive by)
      • This site is often nicknamed the Old North Bridge. The bridge is home to many historical events, including the first day of battle for the American War of Independence. In 2005, the bridge was restored and replicated to look similar to the old one. The river it resides over is the Concord River. You’ll learn many details about this destination during your tour.

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