Washington County (Maryland)
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 (part of the Allegheny Mountains). 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 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 Revolutionary War structure of Fort Frederick.
Even with such historical significance, retail is the major draw for tourism in Washington County. Prime 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 and other shopping centers drawing people from neighboring communities in Western Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
Interstates 81, 70, and 68 cross through the county as well as US Routes 11, 40, 340, and 522.
Hagerstown Regional Airport (IATA: HGR) will be resuming flights starting 14 November 2008 to Orlando-Sanford International Airport. Alternatively, one can use Baltimore-Washington International Airport (IATA: BWI), Harrisburg International Airport (IATA: MDT), Washington 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) driving distance of Hagerstown.
Parks and recreation
Most non-historic attractions are located in Hagerstown or its immediate suburbs.