Allegany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, (800) 50-VISIT, www.mdmountainside.com.
Bell Tower Building, Frederick and Bedford streets, City Hall Plaza, Cumberland, (301) 722-2820. Visit the historic police headquarters and jail built in 1850--don't miss the wanted-poster gallery and the fingerprinting demonstration.
The Castle, Mount Savage, call (301) 264-4645 for a tour appointment. This 115-year-old stone manor house is a replica of Scotland's Craig Castle.
Failinger's Hotel Gunter, 11 W. Main St., Frostburg, (301) 689-6511. This restored historical building, a speakeasy during Prohibition, features a massive stairway and a basement with a jail and gamecock-fighting area.
Frostburg Museum, Hill and Oak streets, Frostburg, call (301) 689-6853 for an appointment. This 1890s school building is now home to local history displays, including exhibits on the National Road and mining.
George Washington's Headquarters, Riverside Park at Greene Street, Cumberland, (301) 777-8214. This log cabin was built in 1755 and served as headquarters for a young George Washington during the French and Indian War.
History House, 218 Washington St., Cumberland, (301) 777-8678. Costumed tour guides take you through this Victorian home.
Thrasher Carriage Museum, 19 Depot St., Cumberland, (301) 689-3380, www.cumberlandmd.com/thrasher. More than 50 vehicles from the private collection of James R. Thrasher. Includes the inaugural coach used by President Theodore Roosevelt and sleighs owned by the Vanderbilt family.
Transportation and Industrial Museum, Western Maryland Station Center, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, (301) 777-5905. This museum highlights the railroads and canals that made Western Maryland a major transportation and industrial center in the 19th century.
Washington Street Historic District, Cumberland, (301) 777-5905. The homes and offices are notable examples of high-quality period architecture.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, (301) 759-4400, www.wmsr.com. A 1916 Baldwin steam locomotive makes a scenic three-hour round trip from Cumberland to Frostburg.
Oldtown Historical Street Festival, July 8-9, throughout Oldtown, (301) 478-5548. Tours of a C&O lockhouse and spinning demonstrations are featured.
Drumfest Drum and Bugle Corps Championship, 8 p.m. July 29, Greenway Avenue Stadium, Cumberland, (301) 777-8325, www.ac.cc. md.us/drumfest. Expect lots of banging and blowing during this 12th annual competition.
Mountain Bike Camp 'n' Ride, Aug. 5-6, Green Ridge State Forest, Green Ridge, (301) 478-3124, www.dnr.state.md.us. Overnight family camping and bicycling (well, the biking is during the day).
SPORTS & RECREATION
Allegany Expeditions, 10310 Columbus Ave. N.E., Cumberland, (301) 722-5170 (reservations required). Day hiking, cave exploring, canoeing, backpacking, and rock climbing.
Green Ridge State Forest, 28700 Headquarters Drive N.E., Flintstone, (301) 478-3124. This 40,000-acre forest teems with wild turkeys, grouse, deer, and squirrels. Hiking, picnicking, and very primitive camping are available.
The Castle, Mount Savage, (301) 264-4645.
Inn at Walnut Bottom, 120 Greene St., Cumberland, (301) 777-0003.
Little Orleans Campground, 31661 Grenns Forest Drive, Little Orleans, (301) 478-2325.
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