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Even though Deep Creek is in a unique location in Western Maryland, it is also in a great location for taking a day trip to explore the surrounding area! Whether you're looking for an outdoor adventure, girls shopping trip, or some hot food spots, we've got the best places to visit!

Grantsville, MD >>

25 minute drive

Located just off of I-68 is this small artisan town. With many small restaurants, shops, and sights to see, you can't miss this awesome spot for a day trip. Take a stroll through the Spruce Forest Artisan Village to browse locally handmade gifts and treasures, then stop by the Cornucopia Cafe for lunch. Just down the street, you can visit the historic Casselman River Bridge built in 1813! Make sure you stop by the Hill Top Fruit Market before you leave, there more than just fruit there. Inside is a whole candyland full of sweet treats to take home with you!

Frostburg, MD >>

35 minute drive

Back on I-68 headed East, you'll find Frostburg, MD. This small town is known for its quaint Main Street and Frostburg Train Depot along the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Walking down Main Street, you'll find many small businesses lined door-to-door. From farmer's markets to boutiques and art stores, you'll find something for everyone to enjoy. Make sure you stop at the historic Hotel Gunter! This hotel, built in 1897, has seen an incredible transformation over the years. It is still a running hotel and is now home to The Toasted Goat Winery, Route 40 Brewing and Distilling Co., Gladstone Mercantile featuring gifts from local Maryland businesses, and The Speakeasy located in the same spot of the original speakeasy that was ran out of the hotel during Prohibition. This quaint small town is full of rich history to make your day well worth the trip!

Morgantown, WV >>

50 minute drive

Home to West Virginia University, Morgantown is a local city full of activities and events all year round. Visit the many shopping centers, grab some good eats downtown, stop by a Mountaineer game, or catch a concert at the WVU Coliseum. It isn't hard to find entertainment here for everyone in the family. Morgantown is your one stop shop for everything you could need on your day trip out of town!

Thomas, WV >>

49 minute drive

This mining town located in West Virginia may be small but it is full of charm! Take a stroll down their Front street to visit antique shops, art stores, and boutiques. Even though the town is small, there are many great places for a bite to eat. The Purple Fiddle is known for its live tunes, cold brews, and good eats. Stop by TipTop for coffee, sweets, and spirits all in one place! The original Mountain State Brewing Co. is also located here. We have the restaurant here at Deep Creek, but you can visit the original brewery and taproom in Thomas!

Blackwater Falls State Park >>

58 minute drive

Also in West Virginia is Blackwater Falls State Park. This park features 20 miles of hiking trails and a 57-foot free falling waterfall. The scenic views from this park are breathtaking and are some of the most photographed spots in the entire state! Did we mention they also have the  longest sledding magic carpet on the East Coast? Their sledding park is one you don't want to miss. No matter what the season, there is always something to explore at Blackwater Falls State Park. Don't forget to stop by the towns of Thomas and Davis, WV on your way through for some top notch eats and drinks!

Laurel Caverns >>

50 minute drive

The deepest cave in Pennsylvania is just an hour away from Deep Creek Lake! Laurel Caverns is a geological wonder! Embark on a guided tour of the caverns to penetrate 46 stories deep into the ground and check out the cave’s signature ‘gravity hill’, where balls appear to roll uphill. Feel adventurous? You can go spelunking and rappelling, too! 

Fallingwater >>

52 minute drive

Built in 1935, this national historical landmark was named by the American Institute of Architects as the “best all-time work of American architecture.” The striking beauty and innovation of this home make it readily apparent why the home has become such a critical centerpiece of American design. Come discover for yourself why Travel + Leisure Magazine named the home, “one of the 12 landmarks that will change the way you see to world.”

Flight 93 Memorial >>

1 hour 10 minute drive

The Flight 93 National Memorial, located at the site of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93, is a touching memorial to the victims of 9/11 and to the bravery the men and women of Flight 93 displayed in their final moments. On-site, there is a concrete and glass visitor center and the white marble Wall of Names aligned beneath the path of Flight 93.