Frederick and Western Maryland: Places to Explore


  • Catoctin Mountain Park

  • Cumberland

    Surrounded by the deep blue Allegheny Mountains, Cumberland appears plucked from a Currier-and-Ives print. Tall steeples grace the skyline and elegant 19th-century mansions line the hillsides. In the 1800s... Read more

  • Deep Creek Lake

    Garrett County's greatest asset, the 3,900-acre Deep Creek Lake, was created in the 1920s as a water source for a hydroelectric plant on the Youghiogheny (pronounced "Yok-a-gainy") River—a favorite among... Read more

  • Emmitsburg

    Founded in the 1700s and tucked among the blooming foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Emmitsburg is a quaint small town known for its Catholic shrines, which draw visitors from all over the world... Read more

  • Frederick

    With roots dating back to the 1700s, Frederick was once known mostly for its American history, museums, and federal-style architecture. But in recent years, the city has undergone a renaissance. Thanks... Read more

  • Grantsville

    Two miles south of the Mason-Dixon Line, Grantsville is a tiny village (population about 600) that was incorporated in 1864. It's nestled amid some of the most productive farmland in the region—no surprise... Read more

  • Hagerstown

    Hagerstown has always had a bit of an identity crisis. In Colonial times it was considered the last bastion of civilization before the frontier. During the Civil War, Union and Confederate troops played... Read more

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

  • Oakland

    Tiny Oakland, perched on a mountain plateau at the far western end of the state, is a true escape from the big-city bustle. Its heyday was in the late 1800s, when a number of opulent hotels catered to vacationers... Read more

  • Sharpsburg

    East of the Potomac River, Sharpsburg is a small town (the last census counted nearly 700 people) that was settled in the 1740s. Known at one time in its history for industry, it is now famous as the place... Read more