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Cumberland, Allegany County, Md.
Distance from Baltimore: 135 miles, about a two-hour drive
Why it's worth the gas: Small-town charm meets mountain scenery. This destination offers the state's first Certified Heritage Area near the terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, while the town's historic district boasts an impressive collection of mid-19th century and early-20th century architecture.
Don't miss: The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad leaves the depot in Cumberland and travels through the scenic countryside to Frostburg. A short layover gives you time to enjoy lunch in Frostburg before heading back to Cumberland. This fills up quickly, so make reservations in advance.
September 15, 2011