Allegany County Office of Tourism
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Cumberland, MD  21502


Allegany County, Maryland, Nominated for Best Place to Visit for Fall 
The county is among a list of destinations recognized by USA Today’s 10Best


August 8, 2023 - CUMBERLAND, MD – While crisp mountain air,  vistas of vibrant foliage, and thousands of acres of access to the great outdoors and recreation are reasons enough for a fall mountain getaway to Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, the destination has also been nominated as one of the top best destinations in the United States to visit during fall by USA Today’s 10Best.

“Witnessing the brilliant autumn in Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, is an unparalleled experience for all lovers of nature and the outdoors,” said Ashli Workman, Director of Tourism for Allegany County, Maryland. “Having our destination recognized at this level by travel experts is an extreme honor.” 

With scenic overlooks, world-class bike trails systems such as the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath (both recent USA Today 10Best Recreational trail systems), tree-lined scenic byways through some of the area's historic towns, and 70,000 acres of public land, there are plenty of opportunities and reasons to experience fall in Mountain Maryland.

USA Today editors worked with a panel of travel experts to nominate the best destinations for fall, as part of USA Today’s annual 10Best list. “These 20 places have been nominated by an expert panel as the best places to visit in the U.S. during fall for their beautiful scenery, fantastic weather, and wealth of seasonal activities and events,” the website states.  

The other nominated destinations include: Asheville, NC; Ashland, OR; Bayfield, WI; Bloomington, IN; Branson, MO; Cape May, NJ; Chattanooga, TN; Cody, WY; Cooperstown, NY; Fredericksburg, TX; Gatlinburg, TN; Greenville, SC; Mackinac Island, MI; New York City, NY; San Antonio, TX; Sedona, AR; Stowe, VT; Taos, NM; and Washington, DC. 

The top 10 destinations will be narrowed down by public voting. You can vote for Allegany County, Maryland, by visiting, once per day until polls close on Monday, September 4 at noon ET. The winners will be announced on Friday, September 15. 



Allegany County Tourism
Allegany County Tourism is the official tourism office for Allegany County, Maryland. Allegany County Tourism enhances the quality of life in Allegany County, Maryland, and strengthens destination awareness through promotion, development, and services that attract visitors to stay longer and spend more in our community. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging options, and community events can be found at Tourism supports 3,600 jobs in Allegany County, generating $168 million in visitor spending and $48 million in tourism tax revenues annually. Source: Tourism Economics