“Drive the 10,000 miles across America and you will know more about the country than all the institutes of society and political science put together.” – Jean Baudrillard

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” – Stephen King


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)

Suggested Themes:

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 Historic National Road – Ellicott City, Barbara Fritchie Bed & Breakfast

Maryland Curiosities along the Maryland Historic National Road – Jug Bridge Monument, Crystal Grottos Cavern