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Western Maryland

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Western Maryland [1] traditionally consists of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington counties.

Regions[edit]

Cities[edit]

  • Boonsboro — A small historic town home to the original Washington Monument!
  • Cumberland — Western Maryland's second-largest city.
  • Hancock - Small town at the junction of Interstates 70 and 68 and US 522 in Maryland's narrowest point.
  • La Vale - If you want to find a nice sit-down restaurant, La Vale is the place where you will find most of them and on top of that there is a cute mall located on Winchester Road.
  • Frostburg — charming college town.
  • Grantsville — a tiny historic village with an inn operated continuously for nearly 200 years, near Casselman River Bridge State Park.
  • Hagerstown — Western Maryland's largest city.
  • Oakland — the westernmost town in Maryland, a small village of some 2,000 people, with a charming historic main street.
  • Sharpsburg — home to Antietam National Battlefield.
  • Flintstone - Has a resort and state park there called Rocky Gap Park where you can golf, swim, eat, camp and gamble at the newly-opened casino.

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

Western Maryland, also known as the state's panhandle, is a remote section of Maryland, and most popular among tourists for its mountainous natural beauty. Culturally, if the Eastern Shore is Southern, and Central Maryland more of a transition zone, Western Maryland is decidedly Northern, with a strong economic history of mining.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

Hagerstown is home to the only airport with commercial flights (Hagerstown Regional Airport (IATA: HGR)) that fly to and from Orlando-Sanford International Airport, St. Petersburg International Airport, Washington-Dulles International Airport, and Pittsburgh International Airport, but a car is a far, far more common mode of transport, especially as you will need one once you arrive!

By bus[edit]

Atlantic Coast Charter Buses [2] stops in Hagerstown.

By train[edit]

Amtrak has daily trains to Cumberland from Washington, D.C. The MARC Train Brunswick Line [3] from Washington, D.C. is nice and cheap, but will only take you as far as Brunswick in Frederick County near the Washington County line. It only runs on the weekdays, catering to commuters.

By car[edit]

To get around much anywhere in Western Maryland, you will need a car, and a car is a fine way to arrive. I-68 is the main east-west highway, running from Hancock and the junction with I-70 in the east (which is the highway in from Baltimore and indirectly, Washington, D.C.) and from Morgantown, West Virginia, in the west. North-south routes are mostly smaller, although from Hagerstown, you can take I-70 west to Pittsburgh or I-81 north towards Harrisburg or south to Roanoke. US-220 connects Cumberland with I-70 in the north in Pennsylvania, and also leads south through some incredibly beautiful and remote landscapes in West Virginia.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Aside from all the beautiful scenery, Western Maryland is certainly not a big sightseeing destination. Antietam National Battlefield, site of the bloodiest battle in Civil War History, is likely the most visited traditional "attraction." Cumberland's historic downtown is also a quite beautiful place for a walk, where you can also pick up the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, which will lazily take you through the mountains to Frostburg, a charming old town in its own right. For something a bit more offbeat, you'll see Noah's Ark being rebuilt along I-68 between Cumberland and Frostburg. The beautiful Crystal Grottoes Caverns and the original Washington Monument at Boonsboro are another good bet for a half day activity, and are within an easy drive of Antietam.

Do[edit]

Outdoor activities are plentiful in this beautiful and sparsely-populated region. The most famous destinations are, naturally, Deep Creek Lake and the Appalachian Trail. The former is an artificial lake in the mountains, and a popular holiday spot among Marylanders, with nearby skiing, fishing, boating, etc. The Appalachian Trail in Maryland is short, as it cuts across a very narrow section of the panhandle, but it's home to Annapolis Rock in the north--a great place for rock climbing, hang gliding, or just watching the sunset. Swallow Falls State Park is arguably the most beautiful park in Western Maryland, and a great place for hiking, camping, and of course seeing the various waterfalls!

Eat[edit]

The best range of options will be found in the Deep Creek Lake area, along with the two main cities of Hagerstown and Cumberland. Frostburg also has a decent enough selection to feed the university crowd.

Drink[edit]

See Hagerstown and Cumberland articles for more details.

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

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