Cumberland (Maryland)

The Western Maryland Railway running by Cumberland

Cumberland is a city in Western Maryland. It is on the banks of the Potomac River and Wills Creek in Allegany County.

Get in

The easiest and most accessible way to travel to and around Cumberland is by car. Main thoroughfares coming into Cumberland are US 220, US 40, Interstate 68, MD 36, and WV 28. Amtrak's Capitol Limited line also arrives at the station in downtown Cumberland twice daily: eastbound towards Washington, DC in the morning; and westbound, towards Chicago in the evening.

Get around

Walking is not only the best method, but also the only method for exploring the downtown area. The Baltimore Street commercial district is closed to traffic and is a pedestrian-only mall. Within a few blocks of this area, one can easily walk to the Canal Place Heritage Area, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, the Washington Street Historic District, as well as a variety of other shops and restaurants. It is important to note that while it is possible to walk from the train station to the only downtown hotel, the Holiday Inn, one has to cross a high-traffic section of railroad tracks to access the hotel as well as the rest of the downtown area.

In order to explore the rest of the city and region, however, having a car is advised. Be aware that in the downtown area, parking can sometimes be difficult to find. One public parking garage is available: the Center City Garage on the corner of Pershing and George Streets. There is also a small parking lot accessible from Liberty Street, but the parking garage at this location is now by permit only. There is visitor parking at the Western Maryland Station on Mechanic street, and metered parking under the Crosstown Bridge (I-68), and along many side streets.

By bus

Allegany County Transit provides bus service in and around Cumberland. Their phone number is: +1 301 722-6360, hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 12:0 0pm and 1:00pm - 4:00pm.. Fare is $2. A pass is available for $27.50 that is good for $30 worth of rides. Buy passes at the transit office at 1000 LaFayette Ave. The main transfer station is Roses in the Cumberland Shopping Center. The blue and red line buses serve Cumberland and run between 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Other routes are primarily for commuters traveling to and from Cumberland and the other cities and towns.


Washington Street Historic District is an approximately 35-acre (140,000 m2) residential area to the west of downtown Cumberland and contains large-scale 19th- and 20th-century houses.


The Cumberland Heritage Festival






Most dining in the city itself is in the downtown area. Ethnic restaurants (Chinese) and American cuisine are widely available. Be aware that most restaurants on the downtown mall can be pricey, especially for dinner. For the more budget-conscious traveler, five fast food establishments are also located close to downtown, and the Culinary Cafe, a unique educational restaurant for students at Allegany College of Maryland, is also not costly, and is on the downtown mall. Many other common chain restaurants are located in LaVale.


Many pubs and bars are located downtown and throughout the city. However, for the family and those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, try Mark's Daily Grind or the Queen City Creamery for coffee.

LGBT nightlife


As stated above, the only downtown hotel is the Cumberland Holiday Inn. All other hotels are located in the surrounding area. Best Western, Comfort Inn, Super 8, Slumberland Motel, and the Red Roof Inn all offer great accommodations in LaVale, about five minutes driving time from downtown. Days Inn and Hampton Inn are located in Frostburg, about 15 minutes away. In addition, the Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort in Flintstone offers luxury accommodations.

Go next

Routes through Cumberland

Pittsburgh Connellsville  W  E  Martinsburg Washington, D.C.
Morgantown/Washington La Vale  W  E  Rocky Gap State Park Hancock
END  W  E  becomes Berkeley Springs Martinsburg

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