Journey Down Frederick County’s Most Traveled Roads
Give yourself a change of scenery and get away to the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area.
Throughout the changing seasons, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway or U.S. Route 15 is full of engaging stops that will appeal to the whole family.
Downtown Frederick boasts a charming Main Street filled with one of a kind restaurants, specialty shops, and a vibrant arts community.
North of the city lies the quiet countryside. Catoctin Mountain Park (NPS) holds 25 miles of hiking trails offering visitors a chance to get up close and personal with nature. Just on the edge of the park, Cunningham Falls State Park is home to a 78-foot cascading waterfall, popular fishing spots, and loads of other recreational opportunities.
Nearing the Pennsylvania border, travelers will see Mount Saint Mary’s University, home of the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes. This beautiful mountainside shrine features one of the oldest American replicas of the Lourdes Grotto in France.
Discover the story of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first U.S. born Saint, at the nearby National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Tour the museum, wonder through the house where she lived, and step into the awe-inspiring basilica.
If you are looking for an East to West (or West to East) adventure, look no further than the Historic National Road, America’s first highway. Dating back to 1811, what is today known as Route 40, was a crucial portion of the westward movement for many families. Today, travelers can explore along the Historic National Road in Downtown Frederick on Patrick Street.
Consider a stop at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, which tells a story of healing and compassion and houses over 1200 artifacts in five expansive galleries.
Further west, high atop South Mountain and hidden by the woods that surround it, sits the original Washington Monument. The beautifully manicured trail leading from the visitor center to the site is short, and not as rigorous compared to the two-mile march up the mountain that citizens took to create the attraction years ago. Like the monument in DC, visitors who reach the top of the monument are rewarded with an incredible view.
Nearby South Mountain Creamery will satisfy even the strongest dessert craving with fresh from the farm ice cream! Tour the property to find out how the creamery’s dairy products are made on-site.
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