Boonsboro, Washington County, Md.

<b>Distance from Baltimore:</b> 65 miles, about a 90-minute drive<br>
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<b>Why it's worth the gas:</b> Oozing with Western Maryland charm at its most endearing, the tiny hamlet of Boonsboro, founded by cousins of Daniel Boone and nestled at the foot of South Mountain, boasts a town museum, a restored trolley station, the requisite small-town mom-and-pop shops, even a bed and breakfast (Inn BoonsBoro, innboonsboro.com) operated by best-selling author Nora Roberts. It's also just minutes away from Harpers Ferry, the C&O Canal Towpath and the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLTRA00058" title="Appalachian National Scenic Trail" href="/topic/travel/tourism-leisure/appalachian-national-scenic-trail-PLTRA00058.topic">Appalachian Trail</a>.<br>
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<b>Don't miss:</b> Boonsboro is also home to the first-ever monument built in honor of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST002264" title="George Washington" href="/topic/politics-government/george-washington-PEHST002264.topic">George Washington</a>. The 34-foot-tall tower, atop South Mountain in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLTRA0000165" title="Washington Monument" href="/topic/travel/tourism-leisure/washington-monument-PLTRA0000165.topic">Washington Monument</a> State Park, was built by residents of the town in 1827 -- two years before the completion of Baltimore's tribute to our first president, and 57 years before the District of
Columbia's.<br>
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<b>Information:</b> Boonsboro Town Hall, 21 N. Main St., Boonsboro, Md., 21713; 301-432-5141 or boonsboromd.govoffice2.com

( Baltimore Sun / July 26, 2012 )

Distance from Baltimore: 65 miles, about a 90-minute drive

Why it's worth the gas: Oozing with Western Maryland charm at its most endearing, the tiny hamlet of Boonsboro, founded by cousins of Daniel Boone and nestled at the foot of South Mountain, boasts a town museum, a restored trolley station, the requisite small-town mom-and-pop shops, even a bed and breakfast (Inn BoonsBoro, innboonsboro.com) operated by best-selling author Nora Roberts. It's also just minutes away from Harpers Ferry, the C&O Canal Towpath and the Appalachian Trail.

Don't miss: Boonsboro is also home to the first-ever monument built in honor of George Washington. The 34-foot-tall tower, atop South Mountain in Washington Monument State Park, was built by residents of the town in 1827 -- two years before the completion of Baltimore's tribute to our first president, and 57 years before the District of Columbia's.

Information: Boonsboro Town Hall, 21 N. Main St., Boonsboro, Md., 21713; 301-432-5141 or boonsboromd.govoffice2.com

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