Maryland September 06, 2016
Here Are 15 Unique Day Trips In Maryland That Are An Absolute Must-Do
Looking for a day trip in the Old Line State other than the city or beach? Here is a list of 15 unique day trips in Maryland that are an absolute must-do. While there are hundreds more options to choose from when it comes to unique destinations in Maryland, these 15 are a great place to start.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. C & O Canal
Jog, bike, or stroll along the historic C & O Canal. At 184 miles in length, wherever you choose to explore is bound to be scenic.
2. Antietam Battlefield
The site of the bloodiest one day battle in American history, Antietam Battlefield offers plenty to explore. Walk through Bloody Lane, across Burnside Bridge, and check out the dozens of memorials.
Address: 302 E Main St, Sharpsburg, MD 21782
3. American Visionary Art Museum
You can head to the Baltimore area for a multitude of things to do including the National Aquarium and Maryland Science Center, but none of these compare to the quirkiness of the American Visionary Art Museum. Let your mind wander and set your imagination free at this unique spot.
Address: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230
4. Calvert Marine Museum
Speaking of museums, this marine-themed place will help you learn about the bay and you'll have fun doin' it.
Address: 14200 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons, MD 20688
5. Maryland Renaissance Festival
Running September through October, this annual festival is a fun tradition among Marylanders. Step back in time as you feast on creative fair foods and watch jousting competitions.
Address: 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401
6. Harriet Tubman Byway
Take a guided tour through significant landmarks during the underground railroad.
Address: 2 Rose Hill Place
Cambridge, Maryland 21613
7. Swallow Falls State Park
The great thing about Swallow Falls State Park is that you don't need to hike miles and miles to find the falls. The sights are easily accessible and this natural wonder is sure to blow you away.
Address: 2470 Maple Glade Rd, Oakland, MD 21550
8. Point Lookout State Park
Not only is this coastal park picturesque, but you can also tour the former prison camp here, which is said to be haunted.
Address: 11175 Point Lookout Rd, Scotland, MD 20687
9. National Harbor
Shop at the boutiques, eat at the restaurants, and ride the Capital Wheel. A day at the National Harbor is always a good time.
10. Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo
While the Baltimore Zoo is well-known, this zoo in Thurmont is another remarkable place to go when you want to view animals up close. They also offer a safari ride which you won't soon forget.
Address: 13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd, MD 21788
11. Visit A Maryland Vinyard
12. Wisp Resort
While most think about going here in the winter for the ski slopes, you can also venture to Wisp during warmer weather to enjoy their Mountain Coaster and other fun amenities.
Address: 296 Marsh Hill Rd, McHenry, MD 21541
13. St. Michaels
This charming Maryland town is full of shops and seafood restaurants. You can also stay the night here at one of the homey bed and breakfasts.
14. Maryland International Raceway
If you feel a need for speed, head to the Maryland International Raceway to view cars zoom by. Watching these speedy events is sure to get your blood pumping.
Address: 27861 Budds Creek Rd
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
15. Visit A Maryland State Park
Any Maryland State Park is sure to fuel your day with scenic adventure. As long as your get outdoors, your day is already off to a great start.
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How many of these places have you been to? For more fun destinations, check out these
12 awesome vacations to take in Maryland.