Western Maryland’s most spectacular sites are best explored by road or rail. This area supplied the Industrial Revolution with raw materials and was previously a major manufacturing center, but over the last century has become known more for its natural beauty. Part of the National Historic Road meanders through this part of the state, lined with the remnants of the beginnings of American infrastructure. Stop at manmade points of interest such as the septagonal Toll House along the road, and visit natural wonders like the Narrows and the Fruit Bowl. There’s plenty more to see and do along and just off the roads as well, from the north fork of the Potomac and the bluffs of the Will’s and Haystack Mountains to the centers of some of the country’s first coal mines, mills, and carriage houses. The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad also winds along the mountains; the best time to ride is in autumn, when vintage cars take riders along a fall foliage tour, or around Christmas time, when kids can meet and ride with Santa Claus himself.