Top Reasons to Go to Frederick and Western Maryland

Explore Civil War History: Visit Harpers Ferry, scene of abolitionist John Brown's famous raid; view patriot Barbara Fritchie's home in Frederick; learn about slaves and free persons who helped heal the Civil War wounded; and walk the hallowed Antietam National Battlefield.

Sea and Ski: Swim, boat, and water-ski all summer in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland's largest man-made body of water. Come back in winter to ski or relax by a blazing fire at a lodge.

Bike the Canal: Follow the trail along the old Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath and take in the spectacular panoramic views. Bike between Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, stopping for coffee and conversation off the beaten path.

Fall in Love: Snuggle by the fireplace at a Victorian mansion turned B&B. Dine by candlelight at first-class restaurants. Stroll hand-in-hand and window-shop along the cobblestone streets of revitalized Main Streets that date back centuries. Sip vino and enjoy tastings at family-owned wineries and local breweries.

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