Maryland Welcome Centers

One of the few states to staff Welcome Centers with Nationally Certified Travel Counselors by the Travel Industry Association of America, Maryland offers Welcome Centers that are open year-round.  All Welcome Centers are handicapped accessible.  Welcome Centers are closed on all state and federal holidays.

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Youghiogheny Overlook Welcome Center
I-68 Eastbound
Friendsville, MD 21531
Welcome Center closed.
Rest Area open seven days per week, 24 hours a day;

Sideling Hill Exhibit Center
Hancock, MD 21750
Welcome Center Closed
Sideling Hill Exhibit moved to the Town of Hancock Visitor Center and Hancock-Sideling Hill Geological Museum, 42 West Main Street, Hancock, MD 21750
Rest Area Open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week from May through December
Closed January through April

South Mountain East Welcome Center
Supervisor:  Vickie Grinder
Email:  Vickie.grinder@maryland.gov
Located on Interstate 70 Eastbound, east of Hagerstown Between Exits 35 and 42
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 419
Myersville, Maryland 21773
Phone:  301.293.4172
Fax:  301.293.4174
Hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Open Thursday through Monday
Serves traffic heading toward Baltimore and Eastern Shore as well as Washington and Points South.
Rest Area open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week year round
Amenities include family restrooms, playground, truck, bus, RV and car parking.  Picnic tables, walking path and pet area as well as vending.  No dumping station available.

South Mountain West Welcome Center
Supervisor:  Vickie Grinder
Email:  Vickie.grinder@maryland.gov
Located on Interstate 70 Westbound, west of Hagerstown Between Exits 42 and 35
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 419
Myersville, Maryland 21773
Phone:  301.293.8435
Fax:  301.293.8438
Hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Open Thursday through Monday
Serves traffic heading West toward Cumberland, Garrett County and points West
Rest Area open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week year round
Amenities include family restrooms, playground, truck, bus, RV and car parking.  Picnic tables, walking path and pet area as well as vending.  No dumping station available.

Mason Dixon Welcome Center
Supervisor:  Casey Keyfauver
Email:  ckeyfauver@visitmaryland.org
Located on US 15 South, 10 miles south of Gettysburg,
Address:  17300 Catoctin Mountain Highway
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727
Phone:  301-447-3719
Fax:  301-447-3742
Hours:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Open Thursday through Monday
Serves traffic heading north on US 15 via the turnaround past Emmitsburg exit and south from Gettysburg, one mile south of the Pennsylvania line.
Rest area open seven days per week, 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. north of Emmitsburg, Md. And one mile south of the Pennsylvania line.
Amenities include vending machines, family restrooms, picnic tables and playground area.  Pet area,
water fountains and truck, car and RV parking available.

I-95 South Welcome Center
Supervisor:  Marti Banks
Email:  mbanks@visitmaryland.org
Located between Exits 38 & 35 Mile Marker 37
Mailing address:  P.O. Box 1058
Savage, MD 20763
Phone:  301-490-2444
Fax:  301-490-2481
Hours:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Open Thursday through Monday
Serves traffic heading towards Washington D.C. and points south.
Rest area open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week year round.
Amenities include travel information on the State of Maryland and Washington, D.C.; vending machines; water fountains; restrooms; newspaper stands; and recycle bins.  The Center also features truck, RV, and bus parking lots; and picnic tables and benches.

I-95 North Welcome Center
Supervisor:  Margi Long
Email:  mlong@visitmaryland.org
Located between Exits 38 & 35 Mile Marker 37
Mailing address:  P.O. Box 1058
Savage, MD 20763
Phone:  301-490-1333
Fax:  301-490-2482
Hours:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Open Thursday through Monday
Rest area open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week year round.
Amenities include travel information on the State of Maryland and Washington, D.C.; vending machines; water fountains; restrooms; newspaper stands; and recycle bins.  The Center also features truck, RV, and bus parking lots; a dumping station; and picnic tables and benches.

Crain Memorial Welcome Center
Email:  welcomecenter@charlescounty.org
12480 Crain Highway
Newburg, MD 20664
Phone:  301-259-2500
Fax:  301-259-2086
Hours:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. seven days per week.
Rest Area Hours:  6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. seven days per week.
Trucks prohibited and minimal motorcoach parking available.
Operated by Charles County Tourism (www.charlescounty.org)

Bay Country Welcome Center
1000 Welcome Center Drive
Centreville, MD 21617
Welcome Center Closed
Rest area open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Worcester County Visitor Center
US 13 North Welcome Center
Supervisor:  Debbie Shay
Email:  visitworcester@gmail.com
144 Ocean Highway
Pocomoke City, MD 21851
Phone:  410-957-2484
Hours:  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. seven days per week
Rest Area hours – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. seven days per week
Featuring a picnic area and a pet area.
The US 13 North Welcome Center is just north of the Virginia state line in Worcester County, Maryland.  Approximately four miles south of Pocomoke City, the center is the gateway to Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore.  Operated by Worcester County Tourism (www.visitworcester.org)

Maryland House Travel Center
I-95 Service Plaza, Mile Marker 82
Between Exit 80 (MD 543) and Exit 85 (MD 22)
GPS Coordinates:  39.496640 – 76.233187
Aberdeen, Md. 21001
Phone:  443-674-8145
Lost & Found:  443-674-1842
The new 42,000 square-foot Maryland House features food from Wendy’s, Phillips Seafood, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jerry’s Subs & Pizza, Currito, Nathan’s Famous, Auntie Anne’s and Carvel.  The new 5,700 square-foot A Plus convenience store at the Sunoco high-speed fueling station features food from Elevation Burger.  The Maryland House also includes the following amenities:

Contemporary design and natural lighting
Additional bus parking and indoor/outdoor seating
Free Wi-Fi
Modern Restroom facilities and equipment
Building with “green” features – LEED certified silver
Staffed Welcome Center
Kids Korner seating area

Chesapeake House Travel Center
I-95 John F. Kennedy Memorial Hwy, Mile Marker 97
Between Exit 93 (MD 222) and Exit 100 (MD 272)
GPS Coordinates:  39.611788 – 76.009365
North East, Md 21901
Phone:  410-674-1865
Lost & Found:  443-674-1862
The new 30,000 square-foot Chesapeake House features food from Earl of Sandwich, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wendy’s, Peet’s Coffee and Tea and Auntie Anne’s.  The new 4,300 square-foot A Plus convenience store at the Sunoco high-speed fueling station features custom-crafted food and drinks.  The Chesapeake House Amenities include:

Contemporary design and natural lighting
Additional bus parking and indoor/outdoor seating
Free Wi-Fi
Modern Restroom facilities and equipment
Building with “green” features – LEED certified silver
Staffed Welcome Center
Kids Korner seating area

Both Travel Centers, Maryland House and Chesapeake House are operated by Areas USA
Information:  443-674-1842
Customer Service:  Comments or Complaints guestservice@areasmail.com
Local Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 527, Northeast, Md. 21901
Sunoco Convenience Stores and Fueling Stations at Maryland House and Chesapeake House:
410-272-3854

Our Welcome Centers Provide:

  • Quality Service
  • Knowledgeable Staff
  • Statewide Information
  • Hotel Reservation Assistance
  • Greeting of Motorcoaches
  • Assistance with Travel Itineraries
  • Maps
  • Travel Guides
  • Calendar of Events
  • Hunting and Fishing Information
  • Brochures
  • Camping and Trails Information
  • Cultural and Historical Attractions

Volunteer Opportunities
Please join us – We are a proud and friendly group of tourism professionals that serve as Maryland’s front-line ambassadors. If you are interested in volunteering with a Maryland Welcome Center, please contact Jennifer M. Jones at (410)767-6296, or fill out both the Volunteer Application Form and Volunteer Agreement Form, save both forms and e-mail to jjones@visitmaryland.org

Brochure Policy

For additional information or questions, please contact:
Ms.  Jennifer Jones
Tourism Development Manager
DBED/Office of Tourism Development
401 E. Pratt St., Suite 1433
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-767-6296
CELL:  410-807-1906
FAX:  410-333-6643
E-MAIL:  jjones@visitmaryland.org