Thurmont, Frederick County

Known as the gateway to Maryland's Catoctin Mountain, this town boasts scenic vistas, historic sites, and abundant recreational offerings.<br>
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<b>Population:</b> About 6,000<br>
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<b>Main attraction:</b> When <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT005656" title="Franklin Delano Roosevelt" href="/topic/politics/franklin-delano-roosevelt-PEPLT005656.topic">Franklin Delano Roosevelt</a> 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. <a href="http://www.nps.gov/cato/index.htm">www.nps.gov/cato/index.htm</a>

( Doug Kapustin, Baltimore Sun / September 16, 2008 )

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

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