We love Baltimore but sometimes it’s good to get outside of the city and explore our surroundings, and beyond. The following five spots are reachable by train from Baltimore’s Penn Station, all clocking in under 3.5 hours of travel time. If it’s a weekend day trip away you seek, then read on. These are some of the best day trips from Baltimore by train that you can take.

Would you like to take one of the best train trips from Baltimore? What’s your favorite day trip spot to escape the city? Tell us about it in the comments. You can find more trips and book your travel on the Amtrak website.

If you’d rather drive to some memorable spots around the city and beyond, check out this epic road trip to some of the best landmarks in Maryland.

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Best Day Trips Near Baltimore

What are some of the best day trips you can take from Baltimore?

Maryland is a small enough state where you have plenty of day trip options coming from Baltimore, such as:

  • Visiting the C&O Canal for a bike ride if you are looking for something different.
  • If you enjoy history, check out the Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg where you can learn more about the bloodiest single-day battle in this country’s history.
  • If you would rather take a day trip within the city, there’s no better, or quirkier, place than the Visionary Art Museum. The building is just as unique as the art you’ll find inside. 


Are there any scenic train rides you can take near Baltimore?


Yes, there are scenic train rides you can take near the city. In Cumberland, take the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad through gorgeous mountains and valleys. Amtrak is always an easy way to get from Point A to Point B, but hop aboard a train and look at all the gorgeous scenery from the window. You can learn more in our article, Maryland day trips you can take by train.

Are there any train museums in and around Baltimore?

One of the best train museums in the state is the B & O Railroad Museum. Located in Baltimore, you can step into the past and learn more about railroad history and enjoy a short ride aboard a historic train.