Baltimore is the largest and most popular city of Maryland. The city is located just 40 miles northeast of national capital. The historic city is known for it's important in colonial period and civil war. Today, the city is popular tourist destination on the East Coast. Things to do and fun places to visit include National Aquarium, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore Museum of Art, The Walters Art Museum, Maryland Zoo, American Visionary Art Museum, and Port Discovery Children's Museum.
Annapolis, the capital city is located on Chesapeake Bay. The historical city served as the seat of the Confederation Congress. Annapolis is home to many historical buildings and sites including The State House, United States Naval Academy, and St. John's College. Located just 30 miles east of Washington, D.C., Annapolis is also closest to the national capital. Things to do and fun places to visit include Maryland State House, U.S. Naval Academy Museum, William Paca House & Garden, Annapolis Maritime Museum, and Banneker-Douglass Museum.
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#3 Ocean City
Ocean City is a popular beach city of Maryland. The 10 miles long island is a popular vacation gateways along the East Coast. The Ocean City Boardwalk is the main attraction known for amusement parks. The 2.25 mile boardwalk with shops and restaurants attracts tourist throughout year.
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#4 Assateague State Park
Assateague State Park is the only oceanfront park of Maryland. Located on Assateague Island, the state park is surrounded by Assateague Island National Seashore. It features 2 miles of beaches by the Atlantic Ocean. Popular beach activities include swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing and fishing. The marsh area of the park is known for wildlife including deer, waterfowl and feral horses. Park recreation activities include hiking, wildlife viewing, and camping.
Located along the Patapsco River, Patapsco Valley State Park is known for its recreation area. 32 miles of the state park along the river offers many recreation opportunities. Park activities include hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, and picnicking. The park is popular for its scenery and over 200 miles of trails. Park areas to visit include McKeldin Area, Daniels Area, Hollofield Area, Pickall Area, Hilton Area, and Avalon/Glen Artney/Orange Grove Flour Mill Area.
Chesapeake Beach in Calvert County is known as the Little Nevada of southern Maryland. The town was established as a resort community and was home to many slot machines in the early twentieth century. Today, it is a popular tourist destination with many family friendly attractions. Things to do and family fun places to visit include Chesapeake Beach Railway Station, Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail, Chesapeake Bay boardwalk, pier, and shoreline.
Swallow Falls State Park located 9 miles north of Oakland is known for its recreation area. The park along Youghiogheny River features 53 foot waterfall known as Muddy Creek Falls and other smaller waterfalls. It is the highest free-falling waterfall of Maryland. The par is home to tall Old hemlock trees with some 300 year old. Park activities include hiking, mountain biking, camping, and picnicking. The 5.5 mile hiking and mountain biking trail connects the state park with Herrington Manor State Park.
Antietam National Battlefield preserved battlefields area along Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg. The historic area is known for American Civil War Battle of Antietam known as Battle of Antietam that occurred in 1862. It features battlefield site, Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, Burnside Bridge, and Pry House Field Hospital Museum. Visitor center features 26 minute introductory film that runs on the hour and the half hour. Self guided 8 1/2 mile auto tour through the battlefield has 11 stops and begins at the Dunker Church.
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#9 Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park preserve the remains of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. The canal was built between 1828 and 1850. It was in use for 100 years for communities along the Potomac River. The 184.5 miles park extends along the Potomac River from Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland. Recreation activities include hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and kayaking. The Canal offers variety of wildlife and bird watching opportunities.
Deep Creek Lake State Park is located in Western Marylandís Garrett County on the northeast side of Deep Creek Lake. The state park is popular for water recreation activities such as swimming, canoeing, fishing, motor boating, and water skiing. The park has trails for hiking, mountain biking and snowshoeing. It also includes 86 basic campsites and 26 electric sites. Four pavilions with picnic tables can be rented for private events.