When traveling, it’s easy to stop at gas stations and quick-stops off the highway, because they’re the most convenient. But, if you’re looking to really discover the area you’re traveling in, an insider’s guide is a go-to resource. From the best barbecue joints, to scenic bike rides, there’s so much to discover in western Maryland. Whether you’re traveling to or from Jellystone Park™ in Williamsport, Maryland, or just want to take a day trip, we have some “must visit” spots for you! Check out our top 5 insider recommendations below and get ready to discover western Maryland!

1) SCENIC ADVENTURES

You’ll want to pack your bicycle so you can stop off at the C&O Canal and Great Allegheny Passage in Cumberland (1 hr from Jellystone Park™). The flat path along the scenic canal offers the perfect day-trip adventure. The Great Allegheny Passage rail-trail offers 150 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland and Pittsburgh, PA. In Cumberland, the GAP joins the C&O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous 335 mile long trail experience to Washington, DC. So, for the adventure of a lifetime, make Cumberland your bike destination.

2) THE BEST BBQ

Bypass the gas station potato chips for the best barbecue in western Maryland at Archie’s BBQ, located in McHenry (1 hr, 45 mins from Jellystone Park™)! Known (and awarded) for their pulled pork, beef brisket, and baby back ribs, it’s a destination that surely shouldn’t be missed. Really hungry? Try their Food Challenge! If you can mow down on 1 full rack ribs, 1 dozen wings, 1 Archie Deluxe Sandwich, 4 pieces cornbread, 2 sides, and a soft drink, the meal is FREE! 502 people have tried the challenge, only 26 have conquered. Are you number 27?!

3) A BIT OF HISTORY

Spend the day in the scenic and historic town, Harpers Ferry, WV (40 mins from Jellystone Park™). Shop for unique gifts, check out historic artifacts, and grab a tasty bite to eat in this gem of a town. You’ll also want to head over to Harpers Ferry National Park for the scenery and the workshops on traditional methods of baking pies and breads! It’s the perfect day trip when staying at Jellystone Park™ in Williamsport!

4) GREAT MUSIC

Want to discover the best bluegrass music in the area? Plan your weekend to DelFest in Cumberland (1 hr from Jellystone Park™)! This start-of-summer music fest happens every Memorial Day Weekend and offers the best bluegrass performances and one-of-a-kind musical collaborations in the area!

5) TASTES FROM THE VINE

Give your palettes a test with an afternoon spent at the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail. Staring in Sharpsburg (20 mins from Jellystone Park™), the trail takes you through a unique combination of Maryland’s lush, rollings hills, historic battlefields, and unforgettable small towns. Plus, you get to taste all the wine along the way!

Learn about all our recommended nearby attractions here. Time to start planning your vacation today to Jellystone Park™ for a trip of a lifetime!