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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. Kapustin, Baltimore Sun