Washington County (Maryland)

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Washington County [1] is in the Western Maryland region of Maryland.

Cities[edit]

  • Boonsboro — a small town home to the first, the original Washington Monument.
  • Hagerstown — Western Maryland's largest city.
  • Hancock — small town located in Maryland's very narrow 2 mile-wide neck.
  • Sharpsburg — home to Antietam National Battlefield, the site of the bloodiest battle in American history.

Understand[edit]

Washington County is a county in the north-central to northwestern part of the American state of Maryland. The county is bordered to the east by South Mountain (part of the Blue Ridge Mountains) and to the west by Sideling Hill Creek. In the middle lies Hagerstown Valley, part of Cumberland Valley which is part of a larger Great Appalachian Valley. Washington County is noted for small towns dotting its idyllic rural landscape and abundant agricultural fields. It boasts only one city, its county seat and major commercial center Hagerstown. However, the county is part of the Hagerstown metropolitan area, and it is proximate to and becoming increasingly influenced by Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

Washington County is also well-known for being located in a historically significant area. Antietam, South Mountain, Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, and Monocacy are Civil War battlefields all located within 30 minutes drive of the county. The county is also home to the restored American Revolutionary War and French and Indian War structure of Fort Frederick.

Even with such historical significance, retail is the major draw for tourism in Washington County. Premium Outlets Hagerstown boasts over 100 stores and draws people from neighboring counties as well as Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The county also has several malls including Valley Mall and other shopping centers drawing people from neighboring communities in Western Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Interstates 81, 70, and 68 cross through the county as well as U.S. Routes 11, 40, Alternate 40, Scenic 40, 340, and 522.

By bus[edit]

Atlantic Coast Charter Buses [2] stops in Hagerstown.

By plane[edit]

Hagerstown Regional Airport (IATA: HGR) [3], located in the north-central part of the county near the Pennsylvania/Mason-Dixon Line, is commercially serviced with flights to and from:

  • Allegiant Air, [4]. Orlando-Sanford International, FL (IATA: SFB) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International, FL (IATA: PIE)
  • Sun Air Express, [5]. Washington-Dulles International, VA (IATA: IAD) and Pittsburgh International, PA (IATA: PIT)

Avis and Budget have car rental counters in the terminal building. 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]

By car or walking[edit]

Renting cars or driving to Washington County is advised because most areas are not walkable.

By bus[edit]

County Commuter buses (1000 W Washington St, Hagerstown, MD 21740, +1 (240) 313-2750) are effective and go to all points in Hagerstown and Washington County.

By taxi[edit]

For a taxi you could call:

  • Bonnie's Transportation, 50 Summit Av, Hagerstown, MD 21740, +1 (240) 527-5377
  • Downtown Sedan, 686 Pennsylvania Av, Hagerstown, MD 21740 +1 (240) 625-9920
  • Easy Transport, 5 W Lee St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 +1 (301) 302-7292
  • Route 63 Sedan Service, 720 Cross St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 +1 (301) 707-3300
  • T L Turner Van Service, 1062 Florida Av, Hagerstown, MD 21740 +1 (301) 733-7788
  • Taxi & Sedan Service, 120 W Antietam St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 +1 (301) 733-6600
  • Valley Cab, 101 W Main St, Hancock, MD 21750 +1 (301) 678-7767

See[edit][add listing]

Parks and recreation[edit]

National parks[edit]

State parks[edit]

Other recreation[edit]

  • Crystal Grottoes, the only show caves in Maryland.
  • Sideling Hill man-made mountain pass on Interstate 68/U.S. Route 40 roughly 5 miles west of Hancock shows off 100 million years+ of rock formation with Information Center and walkways on the premises.
  • Stoney Creek Farm
  • Washington County Rural Heritage Museum [6]

Most non-historic attractions are located in Hagerstown or its immediate suburbs.

Do[edit][add listing]

Refer to article on Hagerstown for details.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Refer to article on Hagerstown for details.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Refer to article on Hagerstown for details.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Refer to article on Hagerstown for details.

Get out[edit]

  • If you head north, Gettysburg offers a famous battlefield and site of former President Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address. Harrisburg is one to one and one half hours drive north on Interstate 81 from Washington County. New York City is also accessible in about 4 hours drive by continuing past Harrisburg.
  • If you head south, Blue Ridge Parkway, which is an especially scenic drive during autumn, and Luray Caverns, under two hours drive, are both easily accessible from Interstate 81 South.
  • Pittsburgh can be accessed in under three hours drive off of Interstate 70 West.
  • Many long distance travelers stay in Washington County overnight at a cheaper rate and drive about one hour east to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore for sightseeing. Philadelphia and Richmond are both only roughly 100 miles drive past Baltimore and Washington, respectively.



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