Hagerstown, nicknamed The Hub City, is a charming city on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains and near the Potomac River in northwestern Maryland, United States.

Potomac Street, Downtown Hagerstown


Hagerstown City Park

Hagerstown is the county seat of, and the largest city in, Washington County. The city is perhaps best known for its outlet mall, which offers a huge variety of clothing among other things. The community is named after Jonathan Hager, a German pioneer who settled the area in the mid-1700s. Hagerstown has an approximate city population of 40,000 and metropolitan population of 270,000 (2019).

Get in


By car


Hagerstown is only 75 minutes away from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Harrisburg. The main interstate highways running by the city are I-81 and I-70, each of which have multiple well-signed exits for Hagerstown and intersect southwest of the city. US 40 and US 11 run through the city and cross in central Hagerstown.

By bus


Atlantic Coast Charter Buses has stops in Hagerstown.

By plane

  • 1 Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR  IATA) (5 mi (8.0 km) due north of the city). Commercially serviced by flights from Orlando-Sanford International Airport and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport through Allegiant Airlines, and Pittsburgh International Airport and Washington-Dulles International Airport via Sun Air Express.    

Alternatively, one can use Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI IATA), Harrisburg International Airport (MDT IATA), Washington National Airport (DCA IATA), or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD IATA) all of which are within 60–75 mi (97–121 km) driving distance of Hagerstown.

Get around

  • Renting cars or driving to Hagerstown is advised because only the downtown area is walkable. Walking downtown, however, is safe and charming.
  • For a taxi you could call Miller Cabs, Turner Vans, or hail Downtown Taxi cabs on the streets in downtown.
  • County Commuter buses are effective and go to all points in Hagerstown and Washington County.
View of the mountains from a Hagerstown suburb on a beautiful January day

Aside from simply admiring the ubiquitous vistas of the Appalachian Mountains, you might also want to see:

  • 1 Discovery Station, 101 W Washington St, +1-877-790-0076. Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 2-5PM. Non-profit volunteer-run science museum dedicated to providing an exciting learning environment for curious minds of all ages. Active Military and Reservists (and immediate family members) free, children 3 and under free, ages 4-17 $6, adults $7, seniors (55 and over) and retired military $5.    
  • 2 Hagerstown City Park, 501 Virginia Ave, +1 301 739-8577. 6AM-10PM. Stroll through a beautifully traditional city park, with playgrounds for the kids, picnic areas, and a flock of ducks and geese to accompany you on your walk around the park's lake. free.
  • 3 Hager House, 110 Key St, +1 301 739-8393. Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 2-5PM. See the founder of Hagerstown's pre-Revolutionary War house. $3.
  • 4 Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 501 Virginia Ave (Hagerstown City Park), +1 301-739-5727, fax: +1 301-745-3741, . Tu-F 9AM-5PM, Sa 9AM-4PM, Su 1-5PM. Free.
  • Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 296 S Burhans Blvd, +1 301 739-4665. 4 model train layouts and various other railroad memorabilia, this museum is open year-round and is inside a former railroad roundhouse, hence its name.  


  • The city is a focal point for mountain bikers, fishermen, canoeists and hunters interested in the plentiful outdoor recreational opportunities in the area. The Appalachian Trail and the Chesapeake and Ohio (C & O) Canal Towpath are close by.
  • 1 Hagerstown Suns (Municipal Stadium), 274 Memorial Blvd. E. (from Dual Hwy., turn west on Mt. Aetna Road and continue until it becomes Memorial Blvd. at the stadium), +1 301 791-6266. A-level minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Washington Nationals. $5-9.
  • 2 Black Rock Golf Course, 20025 Mt. Aetna Rd, +1 240 313-2816. $26-42/18 holes.
  • 3 Hagerstown Speedway, 15112 National Pike (6 miles west of Hagerstown), +1 301 582-0640. Weekends Feb-Oct. A dirt track.
  • 4 Mason Dixon Dragway, 21344 National Pike, Boonsboro (9 miles southeast of Hagerstown), +1 301-791-5193. NHRA sanctioned, 1/4 mile, dragstrip near Hagerstown.

Hagerstown has multiple lifestyle/power centers with big-box stores, plazas, and 2 major malls:

Hagerstown dining includes international flavors as well as landmark American establishments. Many restaurants can be found downtown, on and around US 40, in the North End, and near the Valley Mall. Typical chain restaurants are also abound, particularly along US 40 and around the main retail areas.


  • 1 Alekos 2 Go, 511 Northern Ave (in North End), +1 240 313-4976. Greek and American cuisine. Drive-thru and pick-up services also available.
  • 2 Hagerstown Family Diner, 431 Dual Hwy. (adjoining the Best Western Grand Venice Hotel), +1 240 707-6330. Very popular traditional American diner.
  • 3 Karu Peru, 1423 Dual Hwy. (in Foxshire Plaza), +1 301 739-5310. Peruvian and Latin American cuisine.
  • 4 Krumpe's Do-Nuts, 912 Maryland Ave (in the rear) (on 913 DoNut Alley), +1 301 733-6103. Su-F 7PM - 2AM, closed Sa. A Hagerstown tradition since 1936. Iconic Hagerstown doughnut shop that hosts the annual New Year's Krumpe's DoNut Drop in the Public Square and the Krumpe's Donut Alley Rally 5k.
  • 5 [formerly dead link] Pollo Loco, 18501 Maugans Ave Ste 102 (close to Exit 9 off Interstate 81), +1 240 707-6101. M-Th 11:30AM-1PM. Serves Peruvian and Latin American cuisine.
  • 6 Washington Chicken, 222 E. Oak Ridge Dr. Ste. 900 (in South End), +1 301 790-0555. Chicken-themed American restaurant. Pick-up services also available.


  • 7 Bulls & Bears Restaurant and Pub, 38 S. Potomac St (in the Arts and Entertainment District across from Maryland Theatre), +1 301 791-0370. Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F Sa 11AM-11PM. Bulls & Bears presents Downtown Hagerstown with a unique experience featuring American cuisine in a New York style atmosphere.
  • 8 Café del Sol, 1481 Salem Ave (just off I-81 Exit 7A), +1 301 739-3072. Serves Latin-American and Italian cuisine.
  • 9 Dolce, 792 Frederick St (on US 40 Alternate near the Claude M. Potterfield Pool), +1 301 745-6300. Serves Romanian, other Eastern European and Italian cuisine.
  • 10 El Paso, 12 E. Washington St (Downtown), +1 301 790-0166. Serves Mexican cuisine.
  • 11 Fuji Chinese Cuisine & Sushi, 11205 John F. Kennedy Dr Ste 205 (in Rosewood Commons, off Robinwood Drive), +1 301 393-9099, . Serves authentic Chinese cuisine and sushi.
  • 12 Hempen Hill BBQ Bar & Catering, 13208 Fountain Head Plaza (in Hagerstown's North End, off of US 11 (Pennsylvania Avenue)), +1 301 797-4455. Popular American BBQ joint. Promotes its organic liquors, beers & wines, fresh veggies, "great" vegetarian dishes & meatless Monday dinner deals.
  • 13 House of Kobe, 757 Dual Hwy (near Massey Blvd), +1 301 797-6979, +1 301 790-1856, fax: +1 301 797-0087, . M-F lunch 11AM-3PM, M-F dinner 5-10PM, Sa dinner 3-10PM, Su dinner 3-9PM. Popular Japanese restaurant serving Hagerstown for 30 years. Moderate.
  • 14 Lanna Thai Restaurant, 1580 Wesel Blvd Ste K (near the Valley Mall), +1 301 302-7680. Serves authentic Thai cuisine.
  • 15 Mango Grill, 11205 John F Kennedy Dr (in Rosewood Commons off Robinwood Drive.), +1 240 707-6220. Serves Indian and Thai cuisine.
  • 16 Pho D'Lite Southeast Asian Kitchen, 67 Eastern Blvd N (near the intersection of Eastern Blvd and Conrad Ct), +1 240 707-6929. Serves Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.
  • 17 Rhubarb House, 12 Public Square (Downtown), +1 301 733-4399. American cuisine.
  • 18 Rik's Cafe, 1065 Maryland Ave (South End), +1 301 302-7541. American cuisine and bar.
  • 19 Sitar of India, 110 Railway Ln (near Massey Boulevard and the Valley Mall), +1 301 733-8223. Serves North Indian cuisine.
  • 20 Taj Grill, 62 W Antietam St (Downtown in the Dagmar Hotel), +1 301 671-1515. Serves Indian and Anglo-Indian cuisine.
  • 21 [dead link] Thai Zap, 40 N Potomac St (Downtown in the arts and entertainment district), +1 301 766-9559. Serves Thai cuisine.


  • 22 28 South, 28 S. Potomac St. (In the arts and entertainment district downtown.), +1 240-347-4932. Contemporary American cuisine. Combining fresh local ingredients to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
  • 23 Aqua 103, 12916 Conamar Dr Ste 103 (Off Leitersburg Pike in the Lyles Center.), +1 301 393-5757, . Monday - Friday 11AM - 11PM, Saturday 4:30PM - midnight. New trendy, hip, and chic restaurant in Hagerstown's North End, serving "Progressive American" cuisine. Reservations recommended.
  • 24 Fireside Restaurant, 1718 Underpass Way (off Halfway Blvd.), +1 301 733-4800. Dining at the Plaza Hotel will be a memorable experience. Attached to the Ramada Plaza Hotel, the Fireside Restaurant offers a full menu of steaks, seafood, and other American specialties in an upscale surrounding.
  • 25 Gourmet Goat/GG's Restaurant & Martini Bar, 41 N. Potomac St (Downtown.), +1 301 790-2343, fax: +1 301 790-0733, . M 7AM-3PM; Tu 7AM-6:30PM; W Th 7AM-9PM; F 7AM-10PM, Sa 9AM-10PM. Gourmet deli, coffee shop, catering services, fine dining restaurant, and full bar specializing in martinis.
  • 26 [dead link] LJ's and the Kat Lounge, 1130 Conrad Ct (off Eastern Blvd.), +1 301 797-3354. Closed all day Sunday and lunch Monday & Saturday, lunch Tuesday - Friday 11:30AM – 2:30PM, Dinner Tuesday - Thursday 5 – 9:30PM Friday & Saturday dinner 5 – 10PM. Offering American cuisine using worldwide and local ingredients. Also known for its lounge. Attire: Smart and Reservations recommended for restaurant.
  • 27 Nick's Airport Inn, 14548 Pennsylvania Ave (Route 11) (Located next to Hagerstown Airport.), +1 301 733-8560, . Lunch Monday-Friday 11AM - 2PM, dinner Monday-Thursday 5-10PM, dinner Friday & Saturday 5-10:30PM. Good atmosphere, great seafood, and fine dining. Reservations recommended.
  • 28 Sakura, 104 Railway Ln (near the Valley Plaza/Mall off I-81 Exit 5A), +1 301 393-9088. Excellent sushi and hibachi served in a lively but elegant atmosphere.
  • 29 Schmankerl Stube, 58 S. Potomac St (in downtown Hagerstown), +1 301 797-3354. Closed Mondays. Great Bavarian fare. Excellent selection of German beers on tap.
  • 30 Schula's Grill and Crab House, 11205 John F Kennedy Dr (in Rosewood Commons off Robinwood Drive), +1 301 714-1397. Seafood restaurant.



Most drinking establishments in Hagerstown are found in the downtown area, but some are located in suburban areas including and near strip shopping centers.

  • 1 Always Ron's, 29 N Burhans Blvd, +1 301 797-7887. M-Th 11AM-11PM, F Sa 11AM-1AM, Su 11AM-9PM. The largest selection of craft beers on tap in Washington County with a continuous rotation of beers, and crafted bottles and cans to go. Mixed drinks are also available.
  • 2 Bennys Pub, 49 Eastern Blvd N, +1 301 791-5915. M-Sa 11AM - 2AM, Sunday 11AM-midnight. Food, ice cold beer, Entertainment weekly. Nice, friendly atmosphere.
  • 3 The Corner Pub, 158 S Mulberry St. Has a casual, friendly Irish pub atmosphere and features an excellent selection of draft beers from regional craft brewers and an impressive bottled beer selection that includes intelligently selected Belgian, English, and German classics. The only place in Hagerstown that rivals the beer quality is the bar at Schmankerl Stube.
  • 4 Gourmet Goat/GG's Restaurant & Martini Bar, 41 N. Potomac St (Downtown), +1 301 790-2343, fax: +1 301 790-0733, . M 7AM-3PM; Tu 7AM-6:30PM; W Th 7AM-9PM; F 7AM-10PM, Sa 9AM-10PM. Full Bar Specializing in Martinis.
  • 5 [dead link] LJ's and the Kat Lounge, 1130 Conrad Ct (off Eastern Blvd.), +1 301 797-3354. Tu-F 11:30AM–midnight, Sa 5PM–midnight.
  • 6 [dead link] Zepheira Sports Bar and Hookah Lounge, 49 S Potomac St, +1 240-347-4598. The best in American cuisine coupled with exquisite Mediterranean dishes. Finely crafted mixed drinks from wide selection of vodka, bourbon, whiskey, gin, scotch and a rotating stock of craft beer. Frozen drinks too including milkshakes to mudslides, and strawberry daiquiris to frozen margaritas.



Most hotels and motels in Hagerstown are located in proximity to exits along Interstate 70 and Interstate 81. Others, including full-scale hotels, are clustered along Route 40.

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