1. Cumberland, Maryland

Small-town charm meets mountain scenery, and what better time of the year than now to enjoy both? This destination offers the state’s first Certified Heritage Area near the terminus of the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal, while the town’s historic district boasts an impressive collection of mid-19th century and early-20th century architecture. What to see: Cumberland is the western terminus of the 184.5-mile C&O Canal Towpath, a well-kept pathway for hikers, bikers and horseback riders. It also connects to the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage, allowing ambitious bikers to travel from Pittsburgh to Washington via both trails.
AMY DAVIS, Baltimore Sun
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