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D.C. Day Escape: Frederick County, MD

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Escape about an hour north of D.C. to end up in Frederick County, MD. Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge and Catoctin mountains, Frederick County has been a crossroads of American history for over 250 years. The county is marked with local and nationally recognized attractions, national parks, Civil War sites, agricultural farms, and vibrant economic Main streets offering a variety of shopping, dining, entertainment, and public arts for both residents and travelers.
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Carroll Creek Linear Park, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
In response to devastating floods due to Hurricane Agnes in 1972, this flood protection measure, nearly 30 years in the making, has made Frederick one of America's comeback towns. The result: a gorgeous 1.3 mile mixed-use urban park replete with a...
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50 Carroll Creek Way #160, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
Notice the archangel. Looks like a sculpture, doesn't it? Actually, it's a painting. After generating over 1,000 responses to his question, "What object represents the spirit of community to you?" nationally-known artist William Cochran...
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48 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21705, USA
Housed in a building where dead soldiers were embalmed during the American Civil War, this museum is the premier repository of exhibits and artifacts devoted to the technological and procedural medical advancements that originated during the worst...
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515 S Market St, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
Just inside the front gate of one of Maryland's most beautiful cemeteries, established in 1854, stands an impressive monument dedicated in 1898 to a Washington, D.C. lawyer whose poem, "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been immortalized as the...
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20 W Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
The former circa-1926 Tivoli Theatre is Frederick County's leading venue for year-round entertainment: music, dance, theater, and movies. Watch nationally acclaimed musicians and performers on stage, some of which have included Hal Holbrook,...
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13506 Old Frederick Rd, Rocky Ridge, MD 21778, USA
It's been said that at least 52 covered bridges once graced parts of western and central Maryland throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, but storms, floods, fires, and development have claimed all but eight. Three are located outside downtown...
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15036 N Franklinville Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788, USA
Family owned and operated since 1948, this roadside orchard and market offers first rate seasonal fruits, vegetables, canned, and bottled goods 10 months out of the year. Strawberries, peaches, nectarines, apple varieties (Cortland, Cameo, Honey...
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105 Frederick Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788, USA
Nestled in Maryland's beautiful Catoctin Mountains and within miles of Camp David, the U.S. presidential retreat, is the oldest family-owned restaurant in the state of Maryland. Since 1929, Wilbur and Mary Freeze with son Jerry at the helm today...
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12698 Catoctin Furnace Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788, USA
Camping, swimming, canoeing, paddleboating, fly fishing, bird watching, hunting, picnicking, and playgrounds are popular in this park known for its history and scenic beauty. However, the best part are the series of hiking trails that lead not...
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16330 Grotto Rd, Emmitsburg, MD 21727, USA
This popular pilgrimage site, devoted to the Virgin Mary, attracts hundreds of thousands of Catholic and non-Catholic visitors annually from around the world. Used as a place for prayer and devotion since 1805, the Grotto contains the oldest...
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339 S Seton Ave, Emmitsburg, MD 21727, USA
Completed in 1965, this basilica was originally designed as the chapel for the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph, founded in 1809 (later renamed the Daughters of Charity). Plans changed to honor the spiritual heritage and legacy of its founder,...
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While hiking the picturesque 184.5-mile C&O Canal Trail, one will come across eleven stone aqueducts originally designed to carry the canal across several of the Potomac River's tributaries. Completed in 1833, this 516-foot limestone aqueduct with...
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228 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
Celebrity chef and Frederick native Bryan Voltaggio continues to win hearts, minds, and palates with his elegant destination restaurant located in the former 1890 Hauck Mansion on N. Market Street. Well executed, well seasoned, perfectly crafted,...
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1110 Rosemont Ave, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
Schifferstadt Architectural Museum is the oldest standing home in Frederick. Coined by Josef Brunner after his hometown near Manheim, Germany, the stone house was built in 1758 by his son Elias and was owned by members of the family until the...