Northern Maryland Region

The story of our nation unfolds here in the Northern Region of Maryland. In this land of pioneers, soldiers and heroes, just let yourself be transported back in time. If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the sounds of wagons and stagecoaches, battle cries and victory yells. Today, world-class wines are produced here, honoring a heritage that dates back over 300 years. This is a spiritual land, full of shrines and monuments, mansions and museums, waterfalls and wildlife preserves, antiques and boutiques. Whether you return to the past, enjoy the adventure of whitewater rafting, or take in a baseball game, Maryland’s Northern Region is a must see.

Select a Northern Maryland County to Explore

Frederick County

Welcome to Frederick County, where hip meets historic every day!

Museums meet martini bars.
Here, museums meet martini bars, scenic landscapes provide thrill seekers with adventure, and cutting edge cuisine is served up in Civil War-era buildings alongside unique specialty shops, galleries, museums, and theaters.

Something for everyone and someplace special.
Perhaps your interest in this region’s Civil War history first led you to make Frederick County your destination. Maybe it was searching for the right antique or the perfect water lily. Maybe you wanted to enjoy our rich variety of performing and visual arts. Or maybe you love the outdoors and wanted to experience hiking, biking, camping, golfing and fishing in our stunning parks. You might be setting out to tour our local wineries, cross real covered bridges, visit the zoo or follow the Historic National Road. The rolling hills and abundant farmland of the Frederick County countryside, the well-preserved 18th and 19th century architecture of our historic districts, discovering an amazing outdoor mural, or the friendliness of a shopkeeper or innkeeper you encounter all make you realize that this is someplace special!

Location, location, location.
Located less than one hour from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Gettysburg, the city of Frederick, Maryland is surrounded by mountain views, wineries, orchards and vibrant Main Street communities. Visitors can hike the Appalachian Trail, visit Maryland's largest brewery, and tour a battlefield all in one day.

This is Frederick County, where hip meets historic every day.

Washington County

Famous for Antietam National Battlefield and our Civil War sites, visitors love hiking and biking on our trails, canoeing on our waterways, exploring our arts and culture and tasting our vast array of culinary delights.

The crossroads of the Civil War.

Washington County is known for its rich history. Located in the crossroads of the Civil War, it is home to South Mountain State Battlefield, Antietam National Battlefield, and the July 1863 Battle of Hagerstown. But Washington County also has a rich cultural scene.

Arts and culture abound.

Hagerstown’s Arts & Entertainment District is home to the Maryland Theatre and Performing Arts Complex, offering year-round shows, concerts and events. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra makes it’s home at the theatre. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, located in scenic Hagerstown City Park, boasts an outstanding permanent collection with an active schedule of exhibitions, concerts, lectures, films, and special events for all ages. The Cultural Trail connects our A&E District with City Park and the museums.

The outdoors was made for recreation.

Outdoor recreation is one of the most popular reasons people love to come to Washington County. The majority of Maryland’s Appalachian Trail is in our county, running North/South. The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the Potomac River make up or southern border. With five National Parks and eight State Parks, there are an abundance of options for hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, birding, photography or whatever you like to do outdoors.

Visit our quaint towns of Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Funkstown, Hancock, Keedysville, Sharpsburg, Smithsburg, and Williamsport via our Scenic Byways. The journey is the destination, offering country charm, boutique shopping and beautiful wineries and breweries with spectacular vistas.