America's First Road Trip starts here in Allegany County at mile marker "0" of the Historic National Road. In 1806, Thomas Jefferson championed the development of the National Road, the first federally-funded highway, as a way to connect trade and commerce from westward exploration to colonies along the eastern seaboard, and by mid-century, the road stretched from Cumberland, MD, to St. Louis, MO, spurring the development of communities and businesses along the way. Its development laid the foundation for the modern federal highway system. You could say, the National Road was America’s first road trip.

Be a pioneer as you follow America's oldest highway, the Historic National Road, to discover important parts of early American history and outdoor adventure. This two‐day journey takes you on 45 miles of scenic byway as you uncover national landmarks, vibrant downtowns, and culinary delights.

Day One

Mile Marker “0” National Road Monument

Begin America’s First Road Trip with a visit to Riverside Park, located within the Canal Place Heritage Park, to see the National Road Monument, which marks Mile “0,” or the beginning, of the National Road. The National Road was the first federally‐funded interstate built in the United States. You could say, the National Road was America’s first Great American Road Trip. While you’re there, visit George Washington’s cabin, a historic log cabin twice occupied by George Washington during his time in Cumberland.

Allegany Museum

The Allegany Museum is Allegany County’s first‐class museum presenting the cultural, geographic, and commercial history of Appalachian Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The brand new “Crossroads of America” exhibit tells the story of how Allegany County developed through its location as one of the only few routes to connect Georgetown and the east coast to the westward expansion.

LaVale Toll Gate House

Establishing mile marker “1,” the LaVale Toll Gate House was the first structure erected along the National Road and is the last standing toll gate in Maryland. Interpretive signage indicates fees for wagons, animals, and pedestrians to use the road and you can peek into the historic structure for a look into the past.

Frostburg Main Street

A state‐designated Arts and Entertainment and Main Street district, Frostburg owes its humble beginnings to the construction of the National Road, which runs right through the heart of downtown. Stop to see the Braddock Stone, one of America’s oldest road signs, dating back to the mid‐1700s when General Braddock marched through Western Maryland. Or, pop into the Hotel Gunter, once a popular resting place along the National Road, and grab a relaxing beverage in their newly‐renovated speakeasy, which was used as a true speakeasy during the Prohibition era.


Day Two

Great Allegheny Passage

Outfit yourself with a bike rental or bring your own to experience the internationally recognized, 150-mile rail-trail that runs from Cumberland, MD, to Pittsburgh, PA. The Great Allegheny Passage winds its way through Mountain Maryland’s Allegheny Mountain range, running adjacent to the Western Maryland Railway.

Puccini Restaurant

Famous for its wood‐fired pizzas and its hometown friendliness, Puccini Restaurant is located in the historic 1818 Hinkle House, which served as a Civil War hospital during the Battle at Folck’s Mill. Be sure to ask your server for a tour of the attic, where you will see sketches and etchings by soldiers who were patients during that time.

Rocky Gap State Park

Enjoy over 3,000 acres of public lands and the 234‐acre Lake Habeeb at Rocky Gap State Park, with over 15 miles of hiking trails. For consideration: Canyon Overlook Trail – a short, one‐quarter mile-long trail with a scenic view or Lakeside Loop Trail – a 5‐mile loop through the forest surrounding Lake Habeeb. Rent a kayak or canoe to paddle around Lake Habeeb for a scenic tour from the water.

Town Hill Overlook And Bed And Breakfast

Take a scenic drive through Mountain Maryland’s countryside that ends with quite a view at Town Hill Overlook. Enjoy the extensive views of the eastern slopes of Green Ridge State Forest, and in the spring and fall migration season, this is a popular site to spot Golden Eagles. Pop across the street to Town Hill Bed and Breakfast, which was the first tourist hotel in the state to accommodate the automobile traveler, due to its convenient location along the National Road.