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Allegany County Takes Second Spot in “Best Places to Visit During Fall”

September 15th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, has been named one of the ‘Best Places to Visit During Fall’ by USA Today’s 10Best, securing the second spot on the top 10 list.

A panel of travel experts partnered with USA Today's 10Best editors to select the initial 20 nominees, of which Allegany County was included and was the only county-defined destination on the list. “These places were nominated by an expert panel as the best places to visit in the U.S. during fall for their beautiful scenery, fantastic weather, and wealth of seasonal activities and events,” the USA Today 10Best website states.

Ultimately, the public had the final say, voting on the ‘best fall destinations’ from the top 20 during a four-week online voting contest, and the mountainside was honored with second place.

“The nomination alone by travel editors was an incredible honor, and a testament to the work, investments, and experiences our region is elevating,” said Ashli Workman, Director of Tourism for Allegany County.

The top ten winners in this category are as follows:

  1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  2. Allegany County, Maryland
  3. Mackinac Island, Michigan
  4. Branson, Missouri
  5. Stowe, Vermont
  6. Greenville, South Carolina
  7. Bayfield, Wisconsin
  8. Cody, Wyoming
  9. Taos, New Mexico
  10. Asheville, North Carolina

“To be distinguished among so many recognizable destinations and then to make #2 on the list is something we should all celebrate,” stated Workman.

With scenic overlooks, world-class bike trails systems such as the Great Allegheny Passage (a USA Today 10Best Recreational Trail 2023 recipient) and C&O Canal Towpath, tree-lined scenic byways through some of the area's historic towns, and 70,000 acres of public land, there are plenty of opportunities and reasons to experience fall in Mountain Maryland.

Forecasters predict signs of fall as soon as this weekend in higher elevations of the county with widespread peak foliage the week of October 16-23, 2023. Allegany County Tourism has packaged a list of places to visit to experience the best fall foliage throughout the county, as well as a bucket list of fall experiences, road trips, and fall festivals and events, on their website – provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. Their contributing staff is made up of a collection of local travel experts that specialize in the region or city they write about.

Photo:  Ryan Brennaman