Gather some itinerary inspiration with these group-tour stops in Hagerstown, Maryland.
“Washington County’s location among popular regional destinations make it the epicenter for American history from the Civil War to the evolution of transportation. Tour planners will find a variety of people, places, and stories that connect the past to 21st-century themes.”
–Tiffany Ahalt, director of sales and community engagement, Visit Hagerstown
Head to Antietam National Battlefield. The September 1862 Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led Abraham Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. One of America’s most beautiful and historically preserved battlefields, it is home to the Illumination at Antietam held annually on the first Saturday of December. Guided tours with a variety
of themes are available for groups of all sizes and ages.
Washington County’s first winery opened its doors in the mid-2000s. Since then, the county has become a celebrated wine-producing region in Maryland. The Grapes & Grains Guide from Visit Hagerstown and Washington County directs groups to six wineries, six breweries, and three distilleries. Sip and take in the scenic beauty of the Appalachian foothills.
Visitors love the home-cooked food and hospitality they experience by dining at Bonnie’s at the Red Byrd, serving locals and visitors since 1958 and located just minutes from Antietam National Battlefield. Bonnie and her staff also prepare box lunches and catered meals.
From east to west, Washington County’s historic sites, attractions, and Main Street communities are connected by the Historic National Road Scenic Byway. View mile markers, historic bridges, and inns that date to the 19th century and are still catering to travelers 200 years later.
The 236-mile C&O Canal Scenic Byway connects several canal towns that o!er food, cra” beverages, and outdoor recreation. Visitors can also enjoy walking and cycling along the Washington County portion of the 184-mile Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
Main image: Antietam National Battlefield; Credit: National Park Service