14 Must See Sites in 2014

Posted in: Civil War History, Museums & Historic Sites, Dining & Culinary, Historic Cities & Towns, Agritourism

For more than two-and-a-half centuries, Frederick County, Maryland, has been a crossroads of American history. No need to go to the nation’s capitol to have a “national” experience.

From nationally-acclaimed dining hotspots to national parks, here are the 14 must-see sites of 2014 that are right here in Frederick County, Maryland.

  1. Catoctin Mountain: Good Enough for World Leaders
    The natural serenity of the woods that has been enjoyed by all recent US Presidents and dozens of world leaders can be yours, as well.  You won’t get into Camp David, but you can enjoy the trails, creeks, campgrounds and picnic areas in surrounding Catoctin Mountain Park.
  2. National Shrines
    Reflect on the life of the first American-born canonized saint at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Or, take a peaceful mountaintop pilgrimage to the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes.
  3. Francis Scott Key’s “Home of the Brave”
    September 13-14, 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner by Frederick native Francis Scott Key.  Learn about the life and story of our National Anthem author in Frederick and Mount Olivet Cemetery.
  4. Heritage Bike Trails
    There are hundreds of miles of paved roads in Frederick County, many excellent for bicycling. From mountain ridges to rural roads, visitors can travel routes vetted by local, experienced cyclists.  
  5. Farm Fresh Frederick
    Sample the scenery at one of the many orchards, farms, vineyards, or farmers’ markets. Visitors can enjoy pick-your-own experiences, corn mazes, creamery treats, and harvest festivals. Learn More
  6. Downtown Frederick – A Great American Main Street
     Admire one of the “Prettiest Painted Places” in the nation as you take in this 50-block historic district’s architecture, art, shopping, dining, and hundreds of events throughout the year.
  7. Aqueducts & Aquaculture
    Cross restored stone bridges that once carried water over water as you hike or bike the C&O Canal National Historical Park towpath alongside the Potomac River.  Shop for exotic water lilies or fish at Lily Pons Water Gardens near Buckeystown.
  8. Culinary Hot Spots  
    Dine on fresh, local foods prepared by critically-acclaimed chefs like Bryan Voltaggio, who put Frederick’s culinary scene on the map nationally when he appeared on Top Chef and Top Chef Masters. Zagat-rated restaurants abound in this culinary hot spot.
  9. Monocacy National Battlefield
    July 2014 will bring a number of special programs commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy, the July 9, 1864 “battle that saved Washington.” 
  10. Maryland’s Tallest Cascading Waterfall
    Head to the mountains to hike to Cunningham Falls, the tallest cascading waterfall in Maryland. High or low trails make this a great trip for families or more experienced hikers.
  11. Golf Courses
    Hit the links on some of “America’s Top Golf Courses” (Zagat survey) with rolling hills and historic battlefields as a backdrop.
  12. Vineyards, Wineries & Breweries
    Sip nationally acclaimed wines along the Frederick Wine Trail or taste America’s #1 pale ale (New York Times, 2010) on a Flying Dog Brewery Tour. New on the scene are farmhouse breweries, serving up craft beer on the farms where the ingredients are harvested. 
  13. National Museum of Civil War Medicine
    Experience the reality of Civil War medicine and see the war through the eyes of its caregivers who worked tirelessly in their efforts to save life & limb.
  14. Historic Roads
    Drive into history. Frederick is at the intersection of two nationally designated byways: The Maryland Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway and the Historic National Road, an All American Road.

For more things to see and do in Frederick County, explore this site or visit our Events Calendar.