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Potomac/Glen Echo


Potomac is considered to be one of the wealthiest communities in the United States. Here you’ll find small shopping centers with upscale retail establishments, scenic views and residential subdivisions. Glen Echo is a scenic community located along the Potomac River.


Glen Echo Park is a scenic community located along the Potomac River that was established in 1891 as a National Chautauqua Assembly. Later the site became the area’s premier amusement park until 1968. Today this U.S. Park Service location offers year-round educational activities and two of the amusement-era destinations remain major attractions – the Spanish Ballroom and the Dentzel Carousel. Also in Glen Echo visit the Clara Barton National Historic Site and learn about the Civil War nurse who went on to establish the American Red Cross. The issue of transportation was never more important than in America’s early years.


The Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal, a project which took 22 years to build, stimulated economic growth in little towns along the towpath of the canal. The C&O Canal was considered an engineering marvel in its day and continued operation until 1924. The remains of the beautiful canal trails are now traveled by nature enthusiasts and bikers throughout the year.


A National Park Service Visitor Center at Great Falls offers exhibits, spectacular views and entry to Riley’s Lockhouse, the only original C&O Canal lockhouse still open to the public.


14 Montgomery County, MD Visitor Guide • www.visitmontgomery.com


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