Tour Planners/Automobile and Motorcycle Clubs
Travel the less traveled road to enjoy group friendly attractions, restaurants, lodging, endless itinerary themes and most of all a memorable scenic drive.
Today, travelers can enjoy a variety of experiences that appeal to all ages and interests along the 170.0 mi / 273.6 km scenic byway. From the cosmopolitan feel of Baltimore to the scenic views of Allegany and Garrett County, Maryland’s Historic National Road is the suggested route for motor coach groups, motorcycle and automobile clubs. Themed itineraries are a great way to organize a trip and experience many of the historic sites, attractions and restaurants on a one or multi-day journey. Byway travelers are also encouraged to look for original mile markers, stone culverts and toll houses still located along the Road.
Day One (Baltimore, Ellicott City, Mt. Airy)
Day Two (Frederick, Hagerstown, Hancock)
Day Three (Cumberland, Frostburg, Grantsville)
- Rails, Trails and Roads – B&O Railroad Museum, C & O Canal National Park, Western MD Scenic Railroad, LaVale Toll House
- Dine Around on the Maryland Historic National Road – Wineries, Dairies, Restaurants, Farmer’s Markets and Bakeries
- Maryland’s Main Streets – Ellicott City, Mt. Airy, Frederick, Middletown, Cumberland and Frostburg
- The Road To Battle – Civil War – Civil War Trails (Antietam & Gettysburg Campaign), National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Antietam Battlefield
- Ghostly Encounters on the Maryland National Road – Ellicott City, Barbara Fritchie Museum, Old South Mountain Inn
- Maryland Curiosities along the Maryland National Road – Jug Bridge Monument, Crystal Grottos Cavern
If you’re planning a trip, use the new Maryland Scenic Byways Map and Guide. You’ll find great suggestions for scenic or historic driving tours, Maryland Heritage areas, historic districts, parks, and other cultural and recreational destinations. Don’t forget that most scenic byways are also perfect for exploring by bicycle. You’ll find maps and safety information for bicycle-friendly routes.
The Maryland Office of Tourism provides a three-day itinerary for driving the MHNR and includes links to sites along the Road.
- Map and Guide
- Lodging and Dining
- Outdoor Recreation
- Suggested Itineraries
“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.