"Gateway to the Alleghenies" Cumberland by yooperprof

Cumberland Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 60 photos

A Market Town in the Maryland Panhandle

If you're heading out of D.C. toward West Virginia, Cumberland is a good place to stop, take a rest, stretch your feet. It's the first substantial town heading westward on I-68 past Hagerstown. Yes, it has all the expected places right off the interstate, but it also has a fairly interesting and historic town center.

Urban Planning circa 1980

In the 1980s the solution for all small town woes was to construct "pedestrian malls" in downtown areas. Cumberland's is typical, and not really any more or less successful than most. Undoubtedly, they've done a good job with designing the streetlamps and the planted, but it's very difficult to work against the grain of an auto-obsessed culture.

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  • Pros:Nice Small Town Architecture, Typical Americana
  • Last visit to Cumberland: May 2000
  • Intro Written Jan 10, 2003
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  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2007 at 8:42 AM

    I was here over the weekend. My first time back in many years. They have done a nice job renovating the city. Not many tourists there but they are trying to attract them.

  • NYMansour's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2007 at 2:26 PM

    interesting Cumberland page. When I was there ('90) the only thing that seemed to be open was a pizza shop. Seems it must have changed. Also, the pedestrian walk way had piped in music, or muzak...don't remember. Thanks for the pages...

  • ellielou's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2006 at 8:16 AM

    that was pit beef, hon! and, Cumberland????

  • snaab's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2006 at 10:04 AM

    Stopped here for breakfast on a drive from DC to Chicago. Funky little town.

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