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Dreamy spires and historic charm in Frederick

A key location during the Civil War, when the rival armies marched through and clashed in the city, Frederick is an altogether more serene and welcoming these days. The famous “clustered spires” of its churches overlook historic streets lined with genteel, red-brick row houses, and visitors will be charmed by the tranquil canal walks and tucked-away independent shops selling arts, crafts, and antiques. You can make yourself at home with Frederick vacation rentals, which include some of the quintessential Frederick row houses, as well as grand cottages with 4-poster beds – ideal for romantic getaways.

Things to do

Eye-opening museums in Frederick

The fascinating, and gory, reality of 19th-century life is brought to life at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, where detailed dioramas evoke the lives of soldiers and doctors, and displays reveal authentic medical tools of the time, and the personal stories of troops on both sides who went through so much. History buffs will also want to visit the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum, where the pioneering nurse once called home. More time travel can be had at Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, which is set within a house built in 1758, and provides a lovingly preserved portal to the pre-Revolutionary era.

Activities

Touring outdoor landmarks in Frederick

Going for a wander in Frederick is an activity in itself, and one focal point for wanderers is Carroll Creek Linear Park. This shimmering stretch of water, adorned with water lilies in the spring, and crossed by decorously painted bridges, is a perfect place to go for a stroll on a lazy afternoon. Just southeast of the city is a more poignant place to visit: Monocacy National Battlefield, where the “battle that saved Washington” took place in 1864. Hiking trails and self-guided auto tours will let you see where key moments happened during the skirmish on this sweeping, scenic landscape by the rippling Monocacy River.

Weather

Seasonal sweet spots for Frederick

Frederick has enough to see and do to warrant visiting any time of year. However, if you don’t particularly relish very hot weather, you might be better off booking Frederick vacation rentals in the spring and fall months. This is when you can enjoy fine, warm weather which never gets uncomfortable – ideal if you’re hoping to go beyond the city limits to see the swathes of natural beauty to be found in the craggy, mountainous landscape close by.

Natural features

Heading out to the mountains near Frederick

Frederick sits close to the forest-swathed Catoctin Mountain, and you can see this slice of the Appalachian range close up when you head out for a day’s hiking. There are numerous trails through the trees, which will reveal a hidden world of wetlands, wildflowers, and wildlife. Another striking, natural landmark is Cunningham Falls State Park, where you can cool off by swimming in Hunting Creek Lake. Yet more natural beauty can be discovered at Gambrill State Park, on the ridge of Catoctin Mountain, and is popular with hikers and horseback riders.

How to get there

How to get to and around Frederick

The nearest airport is in Gaithersburg, MD (GAI-Montgomery County Airpark), located 21.7 mi (35 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Hagerstown, MD (HGR-Hagerstown Regional), which is 26.3 mi (42.3 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station is Frederick Station.

Where to stay around Frederick?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 152 vacation rentals near Frederick. From 75 Houses to 26 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Frederick for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Frederick?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Frederick. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Frederick Fairgrounds: 101 vacation rentals
  • Francis Scott Key Mall: 113 vacation rentals
  • Museum of Civil War Medicine: 108 vacation rentals
  • Monocacy Battlefield: 110 vacation rentals
  • Harry Grove Stadium: 113 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Frederick listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Frederick?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 75 Houses in Frederick. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Frederick include:

  • Cabins: 26 rentals available
  • Cottages: 26 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 26 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Frederick?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 20 vacation rentals with pool available in Frederick. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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