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Hagerstown

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Potomac Street, Downtown Hagerstown.
Downtown Hagerstown Skyline Painting.


Hagerstown, nicknamed The Hub City, is a charming city on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains and near the Potomac River in northwestern Maryland, United States. It is the county seat of, and the largest city in, Washington County. The city is perhaps best known for its outlet mall, which offers a huge variety of clothing among other things. The community is named after Jonathan Hager, a German pioneer who settled the area in the mid-1700s. Hagerstown has an approximate city population of 40,000 and metropolitan population of ~260,000.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Hagerstown is only 75 minutes away from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Harrisburg. The main interstate highways running by the city are I-81 and I-70, each of which have multiple well-signed exits for Hagerstown. US 11 and US 40 also intersect in the city.

By bus[edit]

Atlantic Coast Charter Buses [1] has stops in Hagerstown.

By plane[edit]

Hagerstown Regional Airport (IATA: HGR), located 5 miles (8 km) due north of the city, is commercially serviced with flights to and from Orlando-Sanford International Airport, St. Petersburg International Airport, and Washington Dulles International Airport. Alternatively, one can drive to Baltimore-Washington Marshall International Airport (IATA: BWI), Harrisburg International Airport (IATA: MDT), Washington Reagan National Airport (IATA: DCA), or Washington Dulles International Airport (IATA: IAD) all of which are within 60 miles (97 km) to 75 miles (121 km) distance of Hagerstown.

Get around[edit]

  • Renting cars or driving to Hagerstown is advised because only the downtown area is walkable. Walking downtown, however, is safe and charming.
  • For a taxi you could call Miller Cabs, Turner Vans, or hail Downtown Taxi! cabs on the streets in downtown.
  • County Commuter buses are effective and go to all points in the city and county.

See[edit][add listing]

View of the mountains from a Hagerstown suburb on a beautiful January day.

Aside from simply admiring the ubiquitous vistas of the Appalachian Mountains, you might also want to see:

  • Discovery Station, 101 W Washington St (Downtown), 877-790-0076, [2]. Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 2PM-5PM. Non-profit volunteer-run science museum dedicated to providing an exciting learning environment for curious minds of all ages. Active Military and Reservists (and immediate family members) • No Charge, Children 3 and under • No Charge, Ages 4-17 • $6.00, Adults • $7.00, Seniors (55 and over) and Retired Military • $5.00.  edit
  • Hagerstown City Park, 501 Virginia Avenue, 301-739-8577, [3]. 6am-10pm. Stroll through a beautifully traditional city park, with playgrounds for the kids, picnic areas, and a flock of ducks and geese to accompany you on your walk around the park's lake. free.  edit
  • Hager House, 110 Key St, 301-739-8393, [4]. Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 2PM-5PM. See the founder of Hagerstown's pre-Revolutionary War house. $3.  edit
  • Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 501 Virginia Avenue (Hagerstown City Park), 301-739-5727 (, fax: 301-745-3741), [5]. Tu-Fr 9AM-5PM, Sa 9AM-4PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Free.  edit

Theatre[edit]

  • Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., 301-790-3500, 301-790-2000 (fax: 301-791-6114), [6]. Symphony House that plays host to famous performers and all of the Maryland beauty pageants. Home to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.  edit
  • Washington County Playhouse, 44 N. Potomac St., 301-739-SHOW, [7]. Dinner Theatre.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • The city is a focal point for mountain bikers, fishermen, canoeists and hunters interested in the plentiful outdoor recreational opportunities in the area. The Appalachian Trail and the C&O Canal Towpath are close by.
  • Hagerstown Suns (Municipal Stadium), 274 Memorial Blvd. E. (from Dual Hwy., turn west on Mt. Aetna Road and continue until it becomes Memorial Blvd. at the stadium), (301) 791-6266, [8]. "A-level minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Washington Nationals." $5-$9.  edit
  • Black Rock Golf Course, 20025 Mt. Aetna Rd., (240) 313-2816, [9]. $26-$42/18 holes.  edit
  • Hagerstown Speedway, 15112 National Pike (6 miles west of Hagerstown), 301-582-0640, [10]. Weekends, Feb.-Oct.. "One of the East Coast's premier dirt tracks."  edit
  • Mason Dixon Dragway, 21344 National Pike Boonsboro, MD 21713 (9 miles southeast of Hagerstown), 301-791-5193, [11]. NHRA sanctioned, 1/4 mile, dragstrip located near Hagerstown.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Premium Outlets Hagerstown, 495 Premium Outlets Blvd., 301-790-0300, [12]. M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 10AM-7PM. Premium Outlets Hagerstown is a large outdoor mall with over 100 stores.  edit
  • Valley Mall, 17301 Valley Mall Rd, +1 301 582-0700, [13]. M-F 10AM-9PM, F-Sa 10AM-9:30PM, Su 11AM-6PM. The Valley Mall is one of two indoor malls in the Hagerstown Metropolitan area (the other is the Martinsburg Mall). There is over 900,000 square feet of retail space. Its anchors are Macy's, The Bon-Ton, JCPenney, Sears, Regal Cinemas 16, Toys 'R' Us/Babies 'R' Us, Old Navy, Men's Wearhouse, and Shoe Dept Encore.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Alekos 2 Go, 511 Northern Ave. (In North End.), (240) 313-4976, [14]. Greek and American cuisine. Drive-thru and pick-up services also available.  edit
  • Hagerstown Family Diner, 431 Dual Hwy (Adjoining the Best Western Grand Venice Hotel), (240) 707-6330. Traditional American diner.  edit
  • Karu Peru, 1423 Dual Hwy (In Foxshire Plaza), (301) 739-5310. Peruvian and Latin American cuisine.  edit
  • Krumpe's Do-Nuts, 912 Maryland Ave (in the rear) (On 913 DoNut Alley), 301-733-6103, [15]. Sun - Fri, 7pm - 2am, Closed Sat. A Hagerstown Tradition for over 75 years. Iconic Hagerstown doughnut shop that hosts the annual New Year's Krumpe's DoNut Drop in the Public Square and the Krumpe's Donut Alley Rally 5k.  edit
  • Pollo Loco, 18501 Maugans Ave Ste 102 (Close to Exit 9 off Interstate 81), (240) 707-6101, [16]. Peruvian and Latin American cuisine.  edit
  • Washington Chicken, 222 E. Oak Ridge Dr. Ste. 900 (In South End.), (301) 790-0555, [17]. Chicken-themed American restaurant. Pick-up services also available.  edit

Moderate[edit]

  • Bulls & Bears Restaurant and Pub, 38 S. Potomac St. (In the Arts and Entertainment District across from Maryland Theatre), (301) 791-0370, [18]. Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Bulls & Bears presents Downtown Hagerstown with a unique experience featuring American cuisine in a New York style atmosphere.  edit
  • Café del Sol, 1481 Salem Ave. (Just off I-81 Exit 7A), (301) 739-3072. Serves Latin-American and Italian cuisine.  edit
  • El Paso, 12 E. Washington St. (Located downtown.), (301) 790-0166. Serves Mexican cuisine.  edit
  • Fuji Chinese Cuisine & Sushi, Suite #205, 11205 John F. Kennedy Drive (In Rosewood Commons off Robinwood Drive.), (301)393-9099 (), [19]. Serves authentic Chinese cuisine and sushi.  edit
  • House of Kobe, 757 Dual Hwy, (301) 797-6979, (301) 790-1856 (, fax: (301) 797-0087), [20]. Mon - Fri Lunch: 11am - 3pm, Mon - Fri Dinner: 5pm - 10pm, Sat Dinner: 3pm - 10pm, Sun Dinner: 3pm - 9pm. Popular Japanese restaurant serving Hagerstown for 30 years. Moderate.  edit
  • Mango Grill, 11205 John F Kennedy Dr (In Rosewood Commons off Robinwood Drive.), (240) 707-6220, [21]. Serves Indian and Thai cuisine.  edit
  • Rhubarb House, 12 Public Square (Downtown.), (301) 733-4399. American cuisine.  edit
  • Rik's Cafe, 1065 Maryland Ave (South End.), (301) 302-7541, [22]. American cuisine and bar.  edit
  • Sitar of India, 110 Railway Lane (Near Massey Boulevard and the Valley Mall.), (301) 733-8223. Serves North Indian cuisine.  edit
  • Taj Grill, 62 W Antietam St (Located downtown in the Dagmar Hotel.), (301) 671-1515. Serves Indian and Anglo-Indian cuisine.  edit
  • Thai Zap, 40 N Potomac St (Located downtown.), (301) 766-9559, [23]. Located downtown in the arts and entertainment district. Serves Thai cuisine.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • 28 South, 28 S. Potomac St. (In the arts and entertainment district downtown.), (240)-347-4932. Contemporary American cuisine. Combining Fresh Local Ingredients to Create a One-of-a-Kind Dining Experience.  edit
  • Aqua 103, 12916 Conamar Drive, Suite 103 (Off Leitersburg Pike in the Lyles Center.), (301) 393-5757 (), [24]. Monday - Friday 11 am - 11 pm / Saturday 4:30 pm - Midnight. Trendy, hip, and chic restaurant in Hagerstown's North End, serving "Progressive American" cuisine. Reservations recommended.  edit
  • Fireside Restaurant, 1718 Underpass Way (Halfway Blvd.), 1-301-733-4800, [25]. Attached to the Ramada Plaza Hotel, the Fireside Restaurant offers a full menu of steaks, seafood, and other American specialties in an upscale surrounding.  edit
  • LJ's and the Kat Lounge, 1130 Conrad Ct. (Off Eastern Blvd.), (301) 797-3354, [26]. Closed all day Sunday and Lunch Monday & Saturday, Lunch Tuesday - Friday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Dinner Tuesday - Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday dinner 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.. Offering American cuisine using worldwide and local ingredients. Also known for its lounge. Attire: Smart and Reservations recommended for restaurant.  edit
  • Nick's Airport Inn, 14548 Pennsylvania Avenue (U.S. Route 11) (Located next to the Hagerstown Airport.), (301) 733-8560 (), [27]. Lunch Monday-Friday - 11:00am - 2:00pm, Dinner Monday-Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Dinner Friday & Saturday 5:00pm-10:30pm. Good atmosphere, great seafood, and fine dining. Reservations recommended.  edit
  • Sakura, 104 Railway Lane (near the Valley Plaza/Mall off I-81 Exit 5A), 301-393-9088. Excellent sushi and hibachi served in a lively but elegant atmosphere.  edit
  • Schmankerl Stube, 58 S. Potomac St. (Located in downtown Hagerstown), (301) 797-3354, [28]. Closed Mondays. Great Bavarian fare. Excellent selection of German beers on tap. Outdoor “Biergarten” dining setting available.  edit
  • Schulas Grill and Crab House, 11205 John F Kennedy Dr (In Rosewood Commons off Robinwood Drive.), (301) 714-1397, [29]. Award-winning seafood restaurant.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Always Ron's, 29 N. Burhans Blvd., 301-797-7887, [30]. The largest selection of craft beers on tap in Washington County (30). You'll find a continuous rotation of the the finest beers. Taplister keeps you up to date with all the beers once we tap a new keg. We also have crafted bottles and cans to go.If your looking for you favorite mixed drink, stop in and enjoy rail to top shelf liquors.  edit
  • The Corner Pub, 158 S. Mulberry St., has a casual, friendly Irish pub atmosphere and features an excellent selection of draft beers from regional craft brewers and an impressive bottled beer selection that includes intelligently selected Belgian, English, and German classics. The only place in Hagerstown that rivals the beer quality is the bar at Schmankerl Stube.
  • Gourmet Goat/GG's Restaurant & Martini Bar, 41 N. Potomac St. (Downtown.), (301) 790-2343 (, fax: (301) 790-0733), [31]. Mon. 7am-3pm; Tue. 7am-6:30pm; Wed. & Thur. 7am-9pm; Fri. 7am-10pm, Sat. 9am-10pm. Gourmet Deli/Coffee Shop, Catering Services, Fine Dining Restaurant, and Full Bar Specializing in Martinis.  edit
  • LJ's and the Kat Lounge, 1130 Conrad Ct. (Off Eastern Blvd.), (301) 797-3354, [32]. Tuesday - Friday 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m..  edit
  • Merlin's Tavern, 1003 W. Washington Street, has 20 taps --- mostly swill but a couple quality beers, a comfortably casual atmosphere, and frequent drink specials.
  • Bennys Pub, 49 Eastern Boulevard, 301-791-5915, [33]. 11 AM - 2 AM M-S, Sunday close at Midnight. Best food in town, ice cold beer, Entertainment weekly. Nice, friendly atmosphere. Never a dull moment. You never feel like a stranger. $.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Grand Venice Hotel Wedding & Conference Center, 431 Dual Highway, (301) 733-0830, [34]. Full-service hotel with Cellar Wine and Spirits and Hagerstown Family Diner.  edit
  • Clarion Hotel and Conference Center Antietam Creek, 901 Dual Highway, (301) 733-5100, [35]. The largest full-service conference center in the area. HagerHall Conference & Event Center, Cancun Cantina nightclub, and Barefoot Bernie's restaurant adjoin hotel.  edit
  • Comfort Inn and Suites, 920 Dual Highway, (301) 739-9050 (fax: (301) 739-8347), [36].  edit
  • Comfort Suites, 1801 Dual Highway, (301)-791-8100 (fax: (301)-766-2079), [37].  edit
  • Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, 17612 Valley Mall Road (next to Valley Mall.), (800) 456-4000 (fax: (301) 582-3529).  edit
  • Courtyard By Marriott, 17270 Valley Mall Rd. (next to Valley Mall.), (301)-582-0043, [38].  edit
  • Days Inn, 1101 Dual Highway, (301) 733-2700, [39]. Newly renovated  edit
  • Hampton Inn - Hagerstown, 1716 Dual Highway, 301-739-6100, [40]. Near Exit 32B off Interstate 70 in the SE part of town.  edit
  • Hampton Inn - Hagerstown-I-81, 18300 Peak Circle, 240-420-1970, [41]. Near Exit 9 off Interstate 81 and the airport.  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 241 Railway Lane, 1-888-551-0222, [42]. Near Valley Mall shopping area.  edit
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton, 1650 Pullman Lane, (301)-665-3816, [43]. Near Valley Mall shopping area.  edit
  • Microtel Inn & Suites, 13726 Oliver Drive, (240) 527-2700, [44].  edit
  • Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1718 Underpass Way (near Halfway Blvd.), 301-797-2500, [45]. checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 11:00am. Offers Wyndham Rewards, Full Service 6-story hotel with an oversized indoor pool, Fireside Restaurant & Lounge. On-site Laundry Facilities. Call 301-797-2500 for Reservations  edit
  • Rodeway Inn, 901-A Dual Highway (Adjacent to Clarion Hotel), 301-714-0800, 888-528-6738. Adjacent to Clarion Hotel, Cancun Cantina nightclub, Barefoot Bernie's restaurant and bar, and Hager Hall convention center.  edit
  • Sleep Inn & Suites, 18216 Colonel H K Douglas Dr, (301) 766-9449 (), [46]. This Hagerstown hotel is minutes from the Antietam National Battlefield, Hagerstown Speedway, First Data Corporation and the Maryland Theatre.  edit
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 17270 Valley Mall Rd. (next to Valley Mall.), (301)-582-0011 (fax: 301-582-9011), [47].  edit
  • Super 8 - Hagerstown, 1220 Dual Hwy, 301-739-5800 (fax: 301-739-5800), [48].  edit
  • Super 8, I-81, Halfway Hagerstown, 16805 Blake Road (Near Exit 5B off Interstate 81.), 301-582-1992 (fax: 301-582-3488), [49].  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Appalachian Trail offers walking paths and breathtaking scenery from atop South Mountain.
  • If you want more scenery you could cross the Potomac River into West Virginia or tour nearby smaller towns like Sharpsburg, Boonsboro, or Smithsburg.


Routes through Hagerstown
Washington, PAHancock  W noframe E  FrederickBaltimore
HarrisburgChambersburg  N noframe S  MartinsburgRoanoke




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