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Thurmont, Frederick County
Known as the gateway to Maryland's Catoctin Mountain, this town boasts scenic vistas, historic sites, and abundant recreational offerings.
Population: About 6,000
Main attraction: When Franklin Delano Roosevelt discovered the area's natural beauty, the president declared it "shangri-la." Whether picking fruit at a local orchard, or hiking at Catoctin Mountain Park, nature's a big draw here. www.nps.gov/cato/index.htm
September 16, 2008