National Road Destination Marketing Organization Partners
Maryland Office of Tourism
World Trade Center
401 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Baltimore Area Convention & Visitors Association (Visit Baltimore)
100 Light Street, 12th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
Baltimore County Office of Tourism and Promotion
400 Washington Street
Towson, MD 21204
Carroll County Visitor Center
210 E. Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157
Howard County Tourism, Inc.
8267 Main St, Side Entrance
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc.
151 S. East Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Hagerstown-Washington Cty. CVB
16 Public Square
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Allegany County Dept. of Tourism
13 Canal Place, Rm 306
Cumberland, MD 21502
Garrett County/Mountain Maryland Heritage Area
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce
15 Visitors Center Drive
McHenry, MD 21541
301-724-3655, ext. 101
Capital Region USA (CRUSA) is the official regional destination marketing organization promoting Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland internationally, in partnership with Destination DC, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
A romance between scenic brilliance and stunning history reveals itself amid the Maryland Historical Trust’s certified Heritage Areas. The Historical National Road runs through four of the 12 certified Heritage Areas and two nationally certified Heritage Areas.
Four themes help with understanding the pioneering spirit of the 18th and 19th centuries – transportation, man and nature, historic recreation and cultural uniqueness.
Visitors are lured to Maryland’s first certified heritage area by opportunities to hike along the C & O Canal or take a train ride in the mountains. The Cumberland gap areas, also known as the “Gateway to the West,” offers shopping, museums and live entertainment.
The heritage area includes portions of Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties and is ideally positioned to serve as a “base camp” for driving popular Maryland Civil War Trails and visiting the battlefields and sites of Antietam, Gettysburg, Monocacy, South Mountain, Harpers Ferry, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.
National Heritage Areas
Within a three-mile radius of the beautiful Inner Harbor, Baltimore’s charm is on display at distinctive cultural outlets, museums and markets. Unique neighborhoods feature more than 48,000 properties that contribute to historic districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places, giving Baltimore one the highest concentrations of historic buildings of any U.S. city. BNHA is also a Maryland certified heritage area.
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area raises to national prominence the historic, cultural and natural resources within this region and to tell the stories of the men and women who chose to put their lives and livelihoods on the line, generation after generation, in the name of creating this country and sustaining democracy.
Main Street Communities
The program strives to strengthen the economic potential of Maryland’s traditional main streets and neighborhoods. Using a competitive process, Main Street Maryland selects communities who have made a commitment to succeed and helps them improve the economy, appearance and image of their traditional downtown business districts.
Main Street Maryland
101 N. Calvert Suite 444
Baltimore, MD 21202
The Maryland Historic National Road byway is a major route through the following Main Street Communities:
We promise you will be enamored with downtown Mount Airy and its small-town charm, quaint historic buildings, and welcoming atmosphere that takes you back to a time long past, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Stop, Shop, and Stroll Mount Airy has become the mantra that has attracted so many visitors to our town.
Downtown Frederick is where history meets martini bars, where shop owners really do know your name, where high tech mingles with old school and where you can always find the perfect plate to satisfy your hunger.
On any given visit to Downtown Frederick, you can enjoy live entertainment and fine art, shopping and dining. We’ve also got a calendar chockfull of events. Whether you’re feeling a yen for culture, looking for a unique gift for a friend or craving fine dining, we’ve got you covered.
Welcome to Middletown! Founded in 1767, Middletown features picturesque views of fertile fields, camera-worthy homes showcasing America’s rich architectural history, a variety of speciality shopping and dining experiences, and community events galore. A young George Washington stated the Middletown Valley was one of the most beautiful places he had seen. So come explore our past and be part of our future!
The downtown historic district of Cumberland, Maryland is an attraction for locals and tourists alike. The heart of the downtown area is Baltimore Street. Formerly the main thoroughfare through the city, Baltimore Street is now a brick pedestrian mall. The street is lined with large multi-story commercial buildings, most of which were built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These buildings, which were formerly banks, hotels, and department stores, are a relic of the city’s former wealth and importance during the industrial age. They now contain more tourist oriented businesses such as sidewalk cafes, antique stores, boutiques and art galleries. Baltimore Street hosts some of the city’s biggest sidewalk festivals and block parties.
Welcome to Frostburg. For more than 200 years, our Main Street community has welcomed travelers, from the days of the National Road to today’s interstate highway. That tradition of hospitality continues today in our shops and restaurants. Our museums and attractions will share the story of our region, and the beginnings of our nation. Whether you live here or are just passing through, we invite you to explore all that Frostburg has to offer.
“I got stumped”– in the very early days, travelers used newly cut paths that often include tree stumps. Sometimes higher stumps created impassable conditions with those traveling in large wagons.