If you’re looking to mix up your weekends, then check out these 15 day trips near Baltimore. All of these spots are under an hour drive from Charm City and they vary from charming towns to outdoor adventures. Clear an upcoming weekend and get started!
1. Historic Ellicott city
Take a step back in time with a stroll down Main Street in Ellicott City. This spot is filled with character and along the way you can shop, eat, and take in all the little details of the old buildings.
2. Washington DC
The US Capital is full of things to do, especially when it comes to sightseeing and museums. In fact, you could spend several days here and still have more to see.
3. Main Street, Sykesville
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This little town is quaint and cozy, offering boutiques and unique eateries. There's also a mini railroad that's perfect for children.
4. Patapsco Valley State Park
This sprawling park covers parts of Baltimore County and Howard County. It offers hiking trails, bridges, tunnels, water views, and ruins. This is also a great spot for camping.
5. Hart-Miller Island
If you or someone you know has a boat, then you can visit this island that's just outside of Baltimore. Spend the day in the sun, sand, and water.
6. Rocks State Park
Rocks State Park is home to Kilgore Falls and the scenic King and Queen Seat overlook (pictured). Bring a hiking buddy and explore all of the rustic sights.
Maryland's capital city is perfect for a day trip. Whether you're a lover of history, shopping, or boating, Annapolis has a little bit of everything.
This underrated town is great for walking. It especially comes to life during the holiday season, when the stores display beautiful holiday windows and lights line the streets.
9. North Point State Park
This Edgemere Park is popular during summer for its beach. However, it's great for exploring year-round because it has amazing hiking trails paired with water views.
10. National Harbor
There's a bunch to do at the National Harbor, whether you visit during summer and watch a movie on the beach, or visit during winter for the ice sculptures at Gaylord National Resort. Don't forget a ride on the giant ferris wheel, known as the Capital Wheel. It has the best view of the harbor (pictured).
11. Havre de Grace
This little waterside town is full of charm. Wander the local shops and eateries, then take a stroll along the promenade or visit Concord Point Lighthouse. Bring a camera!
12. Rock Creek Regional Park
This park stretches from Maryland to DC, starting in the Derwood area. It's the perfect place for cycling, as the long trail is paved (but a bit hilly at parts).
13. C & O Canal
The historic C & O Canal sprawls 184.5 miles, from DC to Cumberland. You can hop on at any point of the towpath, which is perfect for walking, jogging, or cycling.
14. Six Flags America
A family-friendly day trip is in store at Six Flags America. Partake in the rides that are full of fun, or visit during summer and splash around at the water park.
15. Ladew Topiary Gardens
These quirky gardens are located in Monkton. See the hedges that are trimmed into shapes and animals, and be sure to bring a camera to capture the moments.
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