When it comes to road trips, it seems that Maryland’s Eastern Shore receives most of the attention. You’d also be surprised to learn just how many Marylanders haven’t visited the western part of our state. This road trip will not only take you through some of the western region’s best spots, but you can also do it all for under a tank of gas. At only 154 miles in length and three hours and 38 minutes on the road (not including time at locations), you could possibly make this a long weekend if you’re feeling adventurous. You can even split each of the destinations in separate road trips in Western Maryland. Find the Google Map with locations here.

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Again, for the Google Map to this trip through Western Maryland on one tank of gas, click here. What are your favorite road trips in Western Maryland? Let us know in the comments!

For another amazing road trip, check out the ultimate Maryland waterfalls road trip. Happy travels!

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What are the best day trips in Maryland?

Day tripping is one of the best ways to see Maryland. To really get a chance to see the state, plan unique and seasonal day trips in Maryland each month of the year. In January, make your way to Wisp Resort, where you can enjoy a day outdoors. The resort offers skiing, snow tubing, and snowshoeing. When spring rolls around, head over to Sherwood Gardens to stroll around the colorful and blooming flowers. A day trip to Ocean City for an old-fashioned beach day is perfect during the summer while fall’s all about leaf peeping. Plan a ride on the Walkersville Southern Railroad for some of the most gorgeous views in Maryland.

Are there any animal encounters in Maryland?

On the hunt for things to do in Maryland and love animals? You’re in luck! Plan a visit to Green Meadows Petting Farm in Ijamsville. The petting zoo is home to more than 250 animals, and you can meet many of them during your visit. Bring your camera along as you’ll meet adorable piggies (piglets, if you’re lucky), cute as a button rabbits, and downright friendly alpacas. You’ll even find more to do than visiting with the animal residents. The petting zoo also features hay rides, play areas for the kiddos, and the chance to learn how to milk cows.

What are the coolest attractions in Maryland?

Visiting some of the coolest Maryland attractions is one of the best ways to spend a leisurely day. If you’re a fan of nature, for example, make your way to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, the perfect destination for kayaking or canoeing. It’s also picture-perfect if you just want to watch the migratory birds or to admire the wetlands. Journey far back to the past when you visit Historic St. Mary’s. The charming town is Maryland’s first colonial settlement, and you can explore it. Washington Monument State Park in Middletown is fascinating, especially if you climb up the monument. The views are simply breathtaking.