Top things to do

Historic Site in Western Maryland

Antietam National Battlefield

The site of the bloodiest day in American history is now, ironically, supremely peaceful, quiet and haunting – and uncluttered, save for plaques and statues. On September 17, 1862, General Robert E Lee's first invas…
National Park in Cumberland

C&O Canal National Historic Park

A marvel of engineering, the C&O Canal was designed to stretch alongside the Potomac River from the Chesapeake Bay to the Ohio River. Construction on the canal began in 1828 but was halted here in 1850 by the Ap…
American in Frederick


Let's class it up a bit, shall we? Step inside an 1800s brownstone mansion in the heart of the historic district for a white-linen dinner of regionally sourced meats, produce and seafood dishes from executive chef a…
State Park in Deep Creek Lake

Swallow Falls State Park

One of the most rugged, spectacular parks in the state. Hickory and hemlock trees hug the Youghiogheny River, which cuts a white line through wet slate gorges. A 1.25-mile hiking trail loops past several falls, incl…
Microbrewery in Frederick

Flying Dog Brewery

Oh Flying Dog, we'll forgive your vaguely misogynistic beer names – Raging Bitch, Pearl Necklace – because your brews are so darn good and your staff is as helpful as can be. Stop here for a large selection of year-…
Pub Food in Frederick

Brewer's Alley

This bouncy brewpub is one of our favorite places in Frederick for several reasons. First, the beer: house-brewed, plenty of variety, delicious. Second, the burgers: enormous, half-pound monstrosities of staggeringl…
Park in Frederick

Carroll Creek Park

Originally a flood control project, this mile-long walking path stretches along Carroll Creek between S Bentz St and S East St, all just south of the historic downtown. Today it's dotted with gardens. fountains and …
American in Western Maryland

Beans in the Belfry

This converted red-brick church about 6 miles east of Harpers Ferry, WV, shelters mismatched couches and kitsch-laden walls. The menu features coffee and light fare (chili, sandwiches, quiche), and there's a tiny st…
Theater in Frederick

Weinberg Center for the Arts

Check the calendar for the schedule of classic and silent movies, live music ranging from banjo to funk and an intriguing speaker series – featuring the likes of autism spokesperson and professor Temple Grandin or a…
Art in Frederick

First Saturday

Shops stay open late and live music energizes the scene during this busy and convivial evening festival. Expect crowds at downtown restaurants.