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This summer, we're going to see where the road takes us. We'll explore lush parks, historic sites and tourist traps along U.S. 40 -- Maryland's longest numbered highway. Join us all summer as we discover the interesting people and places along the way.

Go to baltimoresun.com/US40Share to tell us about your own favorite spots along U.S. 40 in Maryland.

Failinger's Hotel Gunter is the grande dame of lodging in Frostburg with its polished oak staircase, Victorian settees and zillions of artifacts and displays that evoke the history of the so-called "Mountain Side of Maryland."
U.S. 40 opened in Harford County when the American love affair with the automobile was just beginning to blossom.
Fans make pilgrimages to this Stewart's franchise on Pulaski Highway, the truck-battered stretch of U.S. 40 in eastern Baltimore County, to recall the food experiences of their youth.
West Baltimore church home to three distinct congregations
Francis Scott Key, author of the poem that became our national anthem, is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, as are about 100 War of 1812 veterans.
The 220 miles that make up U.S. 40 in Maryland was an epicenter of historical clashes in the state with resistance culminating with a Freedom Ride less than three months after Kennedy issued his plea. On Dec. 16, 1961, as many as 700 blacks and whites descended upon dozens of still-segregated restaurants along the highway.
People have been pinning their aspirations on Garrett Island since the 1600s, when one Englishman talked about building a college there, but lately these 198 acres are reserved chiefly for plants, trees and non-human actors.
Pit beef is a long-standing Baltimore tradition but making a business model work hasn't been easy. For a while, the stretch of U.S. 40 in eastern Baltimore and Baltimore County was known as "pit beef row," with Chaps, Big Al's and Big Fat Daddy's calling the strip home. Chaps is still there — and is a Baltimore legend.
At one time, thousands of couples married each year in Elkton — once called the marriage capital of the East Coast — drawn by easy marriage license rules. Today, the stone building across the street from the county courthouse is the last chapel in town, the setting for about 200 marriage ceremonies a year.
Go to the rear of Mary Martin's shop in Havre de Grace, and you'll discover a vast history of the world — of nearby small towns but also farflung foreign cities — being collated in an assortment of 3x5 postcards.
In Western Maryland, the Appalachian Trail is the site of long, hard treks and brief, delightful encounters.
This stretch of U.S. 40 in Garrett County includes an artisan village, a stone bridge and a restaurant with a lot of character.
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