Emmitsburg to Mount Airy

Including US 15, MD 77, MD 75 & MD 26

The Catoctin Mountains make a beautiful backdrop for the town of Emmitsburg, where fine examples of 18th- and 19th-century architecture are plentiful. The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint, welcomes visitors for a self-guided tour. On the nearby campus of Mount St. Mary’s University is the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, a beautiful place for meditation within a mountain setting.

Travel south to Thurmont along scenic US 15, which brings you to both Catoctin Mountain National Park and Cunningham Falls State Park. The area has plenty of hiking in addition to featuring three covered bridges built in the mid-1800s.

Head east through Detour and turn south into Union Bridge, where you can see model trains at the Western Maryland Railway Historical Society Museum. Other opportunities to enjoy the look and feel of Main Street America are available in Johnsville and Libertytown while heading southeast toward Mount Airy.

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