Things to See and Do in Western Maryland
Home to history, innovation, beauty and adventure, Western Maryland is unique in its wealth of opportunities for enjoying outdoor activities, exploring U.S. history and architecture and more. In Western Maryland, getting away feels like coming home.
1 Take the plunge on a visit to Deep Creek Lake
Deep Creek Lake covers 3,900 acres and has 65 miles of shoreline, so it’s perfect for power boating, sailing, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing, canoeing, waterskiing, wakeboarding . . . even ice fishing in the winter! It’s also an ideal fall foliage destination.
2 Marvel at fall’s fireworks at the Autumn Glory Festival
Each fall the forests of Western Maryland produce a mind-boggling array of color, and a single visit may not be enough to capture the season’s splendor, but if you can only make one trip, Oakland’s annual Autumn Glory Festival is a can’t miss. The five-day festival, named the number one Fall Festival by MSN.com, offers foliage tours, parades, music, dance competitions, art exhibits, local crafts and even a car show.
3 Walk the crossroads of history at Antietam National Battlefield
It was early photography of the Civil War battle at Antietam that forever altered our understanding of war. Come witness its rolling hills, idyllic streams and bucolic forests, which give no sign of the patriot blood that soaked its fields on the single bloodiest day of fighting in American history.
4 Bike the C&O Canal and Great Allegheny Passage
The flat path along this scenic canal is ideal for two-wheeled trips, so pack your bike out to the Cumberland Visitor’s Center and spend the day riding along this historic canal. The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) rail-trail offers 150 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland, MD, and Pittsburgh, PA. In Cumberland, the GAP joins the C&O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous 335 mile long trail experience to Washington, DC. Or, for the adventure of a lifetime, make Cumberland your bike destination. A few days’ ride from Washington, D.C. will get you to this beautiful town for a getaway you’ll never forget.