What to Do, Where to Go Along the Great Allegheny Passage

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Escape Keys


Cumberland is about 135 miles from Washington (or 185 miles via the C&O towpath). Take Interstate 270 north to I-70 west to Exit 52 west toward Hagerstown. Continue on I-68/U.S. 40 west and take Exit 43C to downtown. Cyclists can park free at a lot adjacent to Canal Place, the historic district downtown. Check in at the C&O Canal Cumberland Visitors Center at the Western Maryland Railway Station, 13 Canal St., 301-722-0340.


Holiday Inn Downtown Cumberland, 100 S. George St., 301-724-8800, http://www.hicumberland.com. Doubles from $128 a night.

The Hostel on Main, 506 Main St., Rockwood, Pa.; 814-926-4546; http://www.hostelonmain.com. Offers bunks at $22 per person per night.


Ristorante Ottaviani, 25 N. Centre St., Cumberland, 301-722-0052, http://www.ristoranteottaviani.com. Seafood and Italian specialties on two dining levels and a patio. Entrees $13 to $28.

Rock City Cafe, 671 Main St., Rockwood, Pa., 814-926-1009, http://www.rockcitycafepa.com. Offers pub grub Tuesday through Sunday year-round. Wings are the specialty. Pizza, burgers and sandwiches $2.50 to $8.25.

The Rockwood Mill Shoppes and Opera House, 450 W. Main St. Rockwood, Pa., 814-926-4546, http://www.rockwoodmillshoppes.com. Serves fresh baked goods, snacks and light meals.


Western Maryland Scenic Railway, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, 800-TRAIN-50, http://www.wmsr.com. Offers round-trip excursions several times a week. Tickets range from $15 for children to $29 for adults with bikes.



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