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Move Your Body in Allegany County

There’s no denying the healing powers of nature. With easy access to incredible outdoor adventures, wholesome foods, and wellness experiences, Mountain Maryland offers countless ways to nurture your mind, body, and soul. …

Old Bay All Day!

Maryland’s culinary heritage is inseparable from Old Bay seasoning, a zesty blend invented in 1940 by a German Jewish refugee in Baltimore. However, the iconic spice typically found in seafood dishes enriches…

A Walkable Weekend in Leonardtown

Looking for a weekend escape? Plan a visit to charming Leonardtown in Southern Maryland, where you can park your car and spend the weekend exploring on foot. Leonardtown is only an hour…

Experience Eastern Shore Vibes in South County

Every corner of Maryland is a gift to road trippers, and a visit to Southern Anne Arundel County (labeled South County by locals) is among the state’s many prizes worth seeking. My…

Celebrating 50 Years at Rocky Gap State Park

You might know of Rocky Gap State Park because of its excellent camping facilities or because Lake Habeeb is considered to have the bluest waters in Maryland. Perhaps you’ve made sandcastles along…

From Swamps to Sculptures: Maryland’s Hidden Gems

Maryland’s hidden gems offer exciting experiences for nature enthusiasts, history buffs, and art lovers alike. Among these are the Cranseville Swamp Preserve, Glenstone, Dinosaur Park, Mallows Bay, Paw Paw Tunnel, and Sideling…

St. Mary's County

Endless Outdoor Fun in St. Mary’s

Whether you want to paddle a quiet marshland or hike a rugged lakeside trail, choose to chase a big catch on a charter boat, or hang your hammock at the beach and…

Touring National Wildlife Refuges in Maryland

National Wildlife Refuges conserve critical ecosystems for fish and wildlife and offer world-class outdoor recreation. Three national Wildlife Refuges in Maryland are open to the public. Each provides outstanding opportunities to connect…

Rest and Connect at Great Oak Manor

How it started: I scrolled through Visit Kent County’s Facebook feed in search of a photo to run with this article and came across a post announcing the renovation of a Georgian-style…

Middletown, Maryland

Inspired Itineraries for Middletown, Maryland

Embark on a journey to Middletown, Maryland, a hidden gem in the scenic Frederick County. Despite its close proximity to bustling cities like Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Middletown is a charming step…

New Germany State Park

New Memories at New Germany State Park

There is never a shortage of memories to be made in Mountain Maryland. If the area’s captivating views, countless hiking and stargazing options, and pristine lakes and forests formed a Venn diagram,…

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Get Ready for Summer Fun in Maryland

It’s time to start planning for summer! Maryland has captivating attractions for families to explore. Whether you’re craving a sweet treat, seeking refreshing waters, or feeling eager to embark on new experiences,…

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Buzzworthy Coffee Shops Around Frederick, Maryland

Coffee lovers will be happy to discover that there’s no shortage of delicious and unique spots to fuel up in Frederick County. We’re sharing seven coffee shops around Frederick, Maryland, that are…

South Baltimore Brewing District

Bold Brews in the South Baltimore Brewery District

There is something special going on in South Baltimore. With its proximity to both Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, the neighborhoods of South Baltimore have always been an area people used…

Take an Urban Hike Above Ghost Rivers in Baltimore

Unseen history has a special allure for me. When the Ghost Rivers art installation and walking tour in Baltimore was announced last year, it went straight to the top of my adventure…

Where to Get Great Maryland Seafood

As spring transitions to summer and Maryland’s crab season surges into full swing, all I can think about is seafood. Traditional Maryland seafood, most of which comes from the natural wonder that…

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Walk in the Footsteps of Freedom Seekers in Maryland

Besides bravery and stealth, legendary Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman had to know how to survive in nature, points out Angela Crenshaw, director of the Maryland Park Service. “As a young, enslaved…

Betterton Beach in Kent County

Your Dream Vacation in Kent County

There are so many great reasons why you should enjoy a vacation in Kent County, Maryland. This Upper Eastern Shore peninsula has endless water access, pristine landscapes, few stoplights, and close-knit villages.…

Explore Maryland From Your RV at These Amazing Spots

Are you ready to hit the road and explore Maryland from your RV? Whether you’re seeking serene coastal getaways, picturesque mountain retreats, or tranquil hidden gems, Maryland has something to offer every…

A Delightful Day in Downtown Sykesville

Festive. Scenic. Welcoming. All those adjectives belong to Downtown Sykesville, named “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel in 2016. Sykesville is an easy drive west from Baltimore or north from…

Birding at Antietam National Battlefield

Fantastic Birding at Antietam National Battlefield

The 3,000-acre Antietam National Battlefield, a National Park Service-protected area in Sharpsburg, has become a lifeline for many bird species, including dwindling grassland birds like the Eastern Meadowlark and Grasshopper Sparrow. The…

Dog-Friendly Places to Drink in Maryland

With its picturesque landscapes and fantastic craft beverage scene, Maryland is not just for humans to explore—it’s also a paradise for their four-legged companions. Maryland offers dozens of dog-friendly options where you…

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum and Garden

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum: Maryland’s Gateway to Germany

An old stone house sits along Rosemont Avenue in the City of Frederick. It is the oldest house open to the public in Frederick County. Some people visit to see if the…

Saddle Up! Maryland is for Horse Lovers

Maryland is a haven for horse enthusiasts. Dating back to colonial times, horses have played a significant role in the state’s history and culture. Here, you’ll find renowned horse breeding farms, prestigious…

Find Fast and Flavorful Eats in Frederick

Part of the fun of a road trip is picking out cool places to eat along the drive. Lucky for people traveling through Maryland, there are plenty of places to find flavorful…

My Summer Exploring Maryland’s Upper Shore

I’ve lived on the Eastern Shore since 2003, living in Ocean City, Berlin, Easton, and St. Michaels. Embarrassingly, it took me nearly 20 years to visit Maryland’s Upper Shore, and after several…

Fun Activities for Kids in Annapolis, Maryland

From outdoor adventures to fascinating history to gorgeous water views, Maryland’s capital is a must-visit destination for families. Get ready to make memories with your kids in Annapolis!  Water lovers Don’t miss…

Embrace Geek Culture in Westminster, Maryland

Westminster is more than a charming old railroad town—it’s also a teeming paradise for geek culture. Even as malls all over America are closing, successful ones are finding new ways to innovate…

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Be Inspired by Art in Maryland

The benefits of the arts cannot be overstated. They make the world a more beautiful place, provide a creative outlet, and are just plain fun. No matter what art has your heart, indulge…

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Uncover Cool History on the Eastern Shore

Maryland’s Eastern Shore is a slice of paradise nestled between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. From secluded beaches to paved biking trails to delicious ice cream shops, there’s no shortage…

Let’s Go Fly Fishing in Frederick County

The many creeks and streams that crisscross Frederick County offer fun and challenging fly fishing adventures for casters at every level. So grab your rod and pull on your waders—we’re going fishing!…

Maryland’s Cherry Blossoms

The Best Places to Enjoy Maryland’s Cherry Blossoms

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people converge on the nation’s capital in late March and early April to marvel at the cherry blossoms lining the Tidal Basin. Attending the National Cherry…

Use Your PTO for These Irresistible Road Trips in Maryland

Whether you have a day or a week, there are plenty of places to go in our state when you have time off work. Maryland has nautical destinations, fresh farm getaways, lakeside…

Washington Monument State Park

My Kids Love These Learning Adventure Spots in Maryland

As a homeschooling mom of four, I prioritize learning from experiences, and my family especially enjoys learning while on adventures. I have found that my children retain what they learn so much…

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Enjoy Great Maryland Wine at These 5 Spots

Save this article if your ideal weekend includes enjoying wine with a friend or partner! We have tons of great craft beverage content worth browsing, but we’ve got you covered if you’re…

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Four Fun Things to Do With Kids in Maryland

One of my favorite ways to connect with my daughter is to get out of the house and explore a new place (or visit an old faithful). Sometimes we take an actual…

Prominent Civil Rights Sites in Maryland

Did you know that 2024 marks the 60th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Before this landmark legislation, America was a very different place for Black people.…

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A Nora Roberts-Themed Road Trip Full of Romance and Intrigue

If you’ve ever considered pairing literature with travel and cultural experiences, you should embark on a Nora Roberts-themed road trip!  Maryland native Nora Roberts is one of the most prolific and accomplished…

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Our Favorite International Restaurants in Baltimore

We’re Ray and Nancy from FooodandBrews. As avid travelers, we’ve had the luxury of trying some amazing cuisines from around the world. But you don’t have to be a world traveler to…

Breathtaking Walking Tours in Washington County

With five National Parks (including two National Scenic Trails and a National Battlefield), eight State Parks, and an abundance of quaint towns, Washington County may be one of the best places in…

Amazing Places to Work Remotely in Maryland

Recently, my husband Joe and I both changed jobs, enabling us to work from home full-time. This arrangement has afforded us both much-needed work-life balance. We see each other more often, and…

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Top Performing Arts Venues in Frederick, Maryland

Frederick is one of the best live entertainment destinations in the entire state of Maryland. The city is home to several performance arts companies and hosts artists from around the world in…

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Don’t Miss These 2024 Events in Maryland

Whether you want to celebrate Maryland’s history, culture, or crustaceans, you’ll find the appropriate event on our 2024 festival calendar. Music, art, food – oh, so much food – and family fun…

Explore These Unique Museums in Baltimore

Larger museums like The Walters and the Baltimore Museum of Art get a lot of attention, but there’s an impressive roster of unique museums in Baltimore covering a range of fascinating subjects.…

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Bundle Up for Winter Lights Cecil Nights

Once winter hits, our inclination is to burrow under the covers with a good book until spring. But in Cecil County, there is no shortage of reasons to bundle up and get…

My 2024 Maryland Bucket List

It’s only been two years since I moved to Maryland with my family from 2,000 miles away. But we wanted to feel at home as fast as possible, so we began to…

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Where to Experience Great Shopping in Frederick

You might know of Frederick, Maryland, because of its hands-on history, endless opportunities to explore nature, or thriving craft beverage scene. Did you know Frederick is a must-visit destination for serious shoppers?…

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Winter Fun on the C&O Canal in Maryland

The Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historic Park does not run all the way to the Chesapeake Bay or the state of Ohio, but it does offer 184.5 miles of adventure…

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Our Top Ten Articles of 2023

Our writers have had a ton of fun adventures this year—including exploring hidden beaches, biking the C&O canal, and seeing if “The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore” lived up to its…

Must-Try Adventures in Maryland This Holiday Break

Don’t let the rest of your holiday break go to waste! Hit the road for one of these must-try adventures in Maryland: Have a mom-approved skydiving experience at iFly Head to iFly…

Eat Your Way Through Maryland’s Koreatown

Upon discovering our friend Andrea lived in the heart of Maryland’s Koreatown but hadn’t eaten at any of its restaurants, our mission became clear. Andrea, my husband Joe, and I dedicated a…

Fifty Fifty Burgers Are Worth the Drive

Frederick is, in my opinion, one of the most delectable food destinations in Maryland. It makes a versatile and repeatable foodie road trip destination, and the concentration of local breweries in Frederick…

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Get Festive With These Holiday Cocktails in Frederick

Whether you crave the warmth of spiced toddies, the sweetness of peppermint, or the tangy zest of seasonal fruits, your tastebuds are sure to be delighted with these holiday cocktails in Frederick,…

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Best Spots for Winter Camping in Maryland

Winter is an underrated season for outdoor activities, but there is plenty to do in Maryland, from the mountains to the coast. You can go skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and hiking and engage…

All I Want for Christmas is Dim Sum in Montgomery County

Every year millions of Americans enjoy a Christmas feast, which, depending on where you’re from, might include a baked ham with potatoes au gratin, roast lamb with mint jelly, or even tamales…

Go Ice Skating in Maryland This Winter

Some of my favorite memories from my childhood were made during the winter months, including sledding with all our neighbors down the big hill in our backyard in Bowie and ice skating…

Flavorful Delights at Lancaster County Dutch Market

A friend recently informed me that the Lancaster County Dutch Market in Germantown, Maryland, is one of the best bakeries in the state. And just like that, an idea for a Maryland…

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Don’t Miss These Delightful Holiday Home Tours in Maryland

What’s the only thing more fun than decking the halls of your own home for the holiday season? Seeing how other people decorate their homes, of course! The following list of opportunities…

Game On! Maryland College Sports to Watch this Winter

Maryland sports lovers bleed orange and purple. But the Orioles’ bats are now silent until spring, and the Ravens regular season wraps in early January (although a postseason trip is looking likely.)…

Hunt for the Perfect Tree at a Maryland Christmas Tree Farm

One of the highlights of my family’s holiday season is the hunt to find the perfect Christmas tree. We live for the thrill of walking the grounds of a tree farm with…

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The Historic National Road: A Delightful Maryland Drive

The Historic National Road is a 200-year-old road that stretches from Baltimore, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois. It was initially designed to connect the Potomac and Ohio Rivers and provide a gateway to…

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Your Guide to Thanksgiving in Maryland

Thanksgiving weekend is meant for family and friends. If you are entertaining guests this holiday season and are looking for things to do, check out these ideas for how to spend Thanksgiving…

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Favorite Spots in Northern Baltimore County

My husband Derek, 9-year-old stepson Oliver, and I always look for weekend excursions to bond our little family. Trips to northern Baltimore County accomplish that for us! Bisected by I-83 and framed…

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National Harbor: A Perfect Quick Trip

“Thanksgiving” and “Road Trip” don’t usually come to mind as two things that go together. Maybe because Thanksgiving seems to be the definitive hang-out-at-home holiday. While it’s a massive travel day, Thanksgiving…

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Where to Go Winter Birding in Maryland

The Chesapeake Bay of Maryland is a critical resting place for wintering waterfowl on the Atlantic Coast. From late November to mid-March, the Bay is home to more than one million geese,…

Winter City Lights in Olney Will Dazzle and Delight

The holiday spirit radiates brilliantly during Winter City Lights in Olney, Maryland—a cherished tradition of locals in the DMV. On November 18, elves flip the switch on one of the largest holiday…

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The Best Chefs in Maryland According to the James Beard Foundation

Baltimore, long known for its historic neighborhoods and quirky Hon culture, has lately been garnering notice as an up-and-coming food town. According to the James Beard Foundation, many of the best chefs…

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Capture Holiday Spirit in Frostburg, Maryland

Small-town holidays aren’t just the stuff of made-for-TV movies. Frostburg, Maryland, turns itself into its own version of a Hallmark holiday film set each year. With the word “frost” in the name…

4 Spots Maryland Road Trips Influenced Me to Visit

As the editorial manager of Maryland Road Trips, I have the privilege of reading every article we publish. It’s not an exaggeration to say that my job often influences my travel decisions.…

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Outdoor Fun in Frederick, Maryland

There are many ways to experience outdoor fun in Frederick, Maryland. Whether your method of exploring has two wheels and a handlebar or requires a paddle and a life vest, you’ll find…

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A Mother-Daughter Weekend in Berlin, Maryland

Sometimes, trips don’t go as planned. Your kid gets pink eye, you get a massive headache, and the forecast calls for hours and hours of rain on your one full vacation day.…

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Explore the Beauty of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

I have crossed the Bay Bridge many times over the years, mostly to enjoy a sun-drenched day at the beach. But thanks to a growing interest in kayaking, I’m newly aware of…

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The Best Go-Kart Tracks in Maryland

If you’re looking to mix things up and enjoy a unique activity, go-karting might just be your answer. It’s hard to top the thrill of racing around a track! Got the need…

The Best Walks in Maryland

During the pandemic, I was in the market for new walking spots. The more places I visited, the more I realized how beneficial it was for me to feel that I was…

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Life is Good at Flood Zone Marketplace and Brewery

Before we saw the brewery, we saw the scarecrows. Two pumpkin men—with gourds peeking out the backs of their jeans—“worked” on a historic truck in the parking lot. That creative welcome set…

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Scream Your Head off at These Haunted Attractions in Maryland

In October, the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe seems to take root in the hearts and souls of gleeful ghouls across the state as they raise some of the nation’s best haunted…

Go Backpacking Through Maryland’s State Forests

One of the great things about Maryland is that it’s hard to go anywhere without finding a tree. Forests account for 39% of the state’s land surface. About 214,000 acres of these…

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Win Big at These Arcades in Maryland

Looking for a fun way to spend the afternoon? There are several state-of-the-art arcades in Maryland, perfect for bringing a dose of play into your life. Grab your friends or kids and…

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Fall in Love With Chesapeake City, Maryland

Sometimes, I get the urge to drive to a place that hearkens back to a simpler time. I point the car toward Maryland’s Eastern Shore, head over the Bay Bridge, and take…

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What is the Journey Through Hallowed Ground in Maryland?

Journey Through Hallowed Ground is a National Heritage Area that stretches from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s home) in Virginia. This 180-mile route encompasses more than 400 years of history and…

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A Mesmerizing Visit to the National Aquarium

The National Aquarium in Baltimore was the perfect outing for my creature-loving seven year old as the weather began to draw us indoors. As a life-long fan of all things reptilian, amphibious,…

Country Stores in Maryland Worth the Drive

Everyone has a road trip quirk or two, and one of mine is that I always pull over to browse country stores. (I also can’t resist a flower farm or roadside art…

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5 Maryland Arboretums for Amazing Autumn Walks

When most people think of fall, the first things that come to mind are cooler temperatures and colorful leaves. One way to enjoy both is by visiting an arboretum. These specialized botanical gardens…

What to Do and Eat in These Maryland College Towns

It’s back to school time, and that means making weekend road trips to visit your children who are attending colleges and universities in Maryland. We’ve assembled some of our favorite things to…

Head to the Free Hyattsville Arts Festival

If checking out a range of art, supporting local artists, and sipping on craft beers sounds like a good way to spend an afternoon then you are in luck. The Downtown Hyattsville…

Nothing to W(h)ine About at Great Frogs Winery

When you think of Annapolis, sailboats and powerboats may come to mind. Perhaps you envision the United States Naval Academy or the historic city with an abundance of shops and restaurants. Annapolis…

We’re Pawsitive the Eastern Shore Is Dog-Friendly

After a long week at work, you’re excited to spend a weekend getting out and about. But wait—you don’t want to leave your furry four-legged canine at home! I’ve got good news…

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You’re Naut Going to Want to Miss These Annapolis Boat Shows

The Annapolis Sailboat show was the world’s first in-water sailboat show when it debuted in 1970, and it’s only grown since then. Today, Annapolis Boat Shows offers four shows over the course…

3 Ways to See Fall Foliage in Allegany County

You clicked on this article because you want to find the most scenic leaf-peeping spots in Maryland, right? Search no further than the Allegany County corridor. The neck of land nestled in…

Follow This Fall Birding Trail in Maryland

From the rich woodlands of Elk Neck Peninsula to the fish-filled waters of upper Chesapeake Bay, northeastern Maryland is a migrating bird’s paradise. Its location along the Atlantic Flyaway, a migration corridor…

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Two Days, Four Museums in St. Mary’s

The heart of Maryland is unquestionably St. Mary’s County, the region where it all began. It’s here where the colony was first established and where generations of watermen and farmers have lived…

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15 Ways to Explore Frederick County

There are so many opportunities for fun in Frederick County! Don’t know where to start? Let’s do some of the planning for you. Treat each of these categories like a bucket list…

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Thrilling Maryland Adventures to Book Now

Warm summer days are the perfect time to get outside and explore the wide range of adventure outfitters around the State. If you enjoy connecting with the outdoors while getting a little…

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Plan Now for These Classic Fall Activities

Are you wishing summer would stick around, or are you eager to feel a chill in the air? Fall is coming whether you’re ready or not—so get ready by preparing for these…

Engage in the Colorful World of Jim Henson in Baltimore

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights! The beloved Muppet Show by Jim Henson hit the airwaves in 1976, introducing an endearing cast of characters to children…

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Your Guide to Renn Fest 2023

Lords and Ladies, lend me your ears! Tis time once again for the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Hasten thyselves to Crownsville for nine weeks of merry-making! The front gates of Revel Grove will…

Where to Play Mini Golf in Maryland

You don’t have to be a whiz with a 9-iron to celebrate National Golf Month! There are tons of places to play mini golf in Maryland. With a wide variety of course…

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How Well Do You Know Clara Barton?

As a homeschooling family with five kids, we enjoy having the flexibility to take field trips to local places of interest throughout the year. Over the summer, it’s especially beneficial for us…

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The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore (And Its Neighbor)

We were headed from our home in Frederick to Pocomoke City, the “friendliest town on the Eastern Shore.”  That’s a bold claim to make because Maryland’s Eastern Shore is a pretty welcoming…

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Have a PARty at These Awesome Golf Courses in Maryland

Here’s a statistic I bet you didn’t know: Maryland has over 200 golf courses! From glorious greens with mountain backdrops to fairways on the banks of the Chesapeake and Atlantic shore, our…

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Extend Your Vacation With These Fun Stops on Route 50

Your Ocean City or Assateague vacation will come to an end eventually, but don’t despair! Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers a variety of engaging ways to extend your trip home as you travel…

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Feast on These Fresh Maryland Crabs

One of the biggest joys of summertime in Maryland is enjoying a crab feast. There’s really nothing better than a table covered in newspaper and a towering heap of fresh Maryland crabs…

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Bring Your Best Buds to These Flower Farms in Maryland

Warm temps and sunny days bear forth one of my favorite summer activities: gathering stunning bouquets from local farms. Flower farms in Maryland yield a flower-lover (and pollinator) buffet—including sunflowers, zinnias, tulips,…

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A Smith Island Pelican Tour to Remember

An estimated 45 million Americans call themselves birders, aka bird-watching enthusiasts. I’m very new to it, but here’s what I’ve realized about birding: It’s a great excuse for a road trip! When…

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Crystal Grottoes Caverns: Maryland’s Cave of Wonders

Crystal Grottoes Caverns is a Maryland destination my husband and I drive by all the time on our travels between Frederick and Washington County. We pass the sign and say, “We should…

Our Dream Foodie Road Trip List

We’re Nancy and Ray, also known as Fooodandbrews on Instagram. Despite the commonly held theory of some of our followers that all we do is travel to eat good food and find…

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Go Beyond the Beach: Enjoying Ocean City With Kids

Ocean City is a great place for a family vacation. It’s hard to beat time outside in the sun, waves, and sand! But there are many ways to enjoy Ocean City with…

Get a Rush or Relax With These Paddlesports in Maryland

From the Allegheny Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, Maryland has a variety of landscapes and waterways that are sure to please anyone looking for a paddlesports adventure. With adrenaline-pumping whitewater in the…

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Hit Big With a Visit to the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum

Are you planning to see a game at Camden Yards? Plan to visit the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum while you’re there. Follow the 60 baseballs painted on the sidewalk—they will guide…

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Ocean City vs. the Outer Banks

It’s summer in Maryland, and you know what that means: time to hit the beach!  And if you’ve lived here for a while, you know there are two popular beach options. You…

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Where to Stop for Ice Cream on the Way to Ocean City

The thought of eating ice cream may come up in the car when you’re making your way to or from the beach. Good news: You don’t have to wait until you arrive…

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Take a Trip to Maryland’s Amusement Parks, Past and Present

Maryland’s amusement parks have been thrilling families since they were first introduced as a way to increase ridership by railroad, trolley, and steamboat companies in the latter part of the nineteenth century.…

13 Summer Vacation Ideas in Western Maryland

Your mind might immediately go to the Eastern Shore when thinking of summer in Maryland, but the mountain side of the state is equally worth a visit. We’re sharing 13 summer vacation…

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Bottoms Up! Gluten-Free Craft Drinks in Gaithersburg

An afternoon spent in the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve is never time wasted. In fact, there is nothing quite so relaxing as driving its winding roads, soaking in the verdant fields and…

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Would You Rather: Maryland Road Trips Edition

“Would you rather” is the perfect road trip game. People of all ages can play, and you can make the questions as silly or as serious as you want. Let’s play right…

Get the Scoop on an Ice Cream Contest in Middletown

There is nothing that screams summer more than a delicious ice cream cone. With four ice cream stops within a few miles of each other, the historic town of Middletown is the…

Waterfront Restaurants in Maryland Perfect for Summer

Summertime begs us to stop, smell the roses, and eat outside. Luckily, many restaurants in Maryland overlook picturesque bodies of water, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Chesapeake Bay and the rivers…

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Where to Find Amazing Cocktails in Baltimore

We’re Ray and Nancy, Charm City residents known as @fooodandbrews on Instagram. Though we are mostly known for our love of food and craft beer, we have a soft spot for a…

These Historic Cemeteries Are Worth the Stop

Historic cemeteries likely don’t come first to mind when considering outdoor recreation. But cemeteries can be exciting windows into the past and monuments to those who lived during extraordinary times. Enjoying time…

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An Exhilarating Potomac Adventure Tour with Calleva

I am in my “try new things” era. If an opportunity arises to do something out of my comfort zone, I’m likely going to say yes. I recently agreed to join my…

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My Weekend in Somerset County: Conquering Paddlefest

Weekend getaways with family are my favorite. A feeling of excitement and anticipation was in the air on a Friday afternoon when I picked up my 7-year-old son, Patrick, from his after-school…

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Amazing Fireworks Shows in Maryland You Won’t Want to Miss

Before we knew it, the days got long and the weather got hot. Summer is already in full swing, and that means it’s time to start thinking about your Independence Day plans!…

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This Wave Pool in Silver Spring Mimics the Ocean

Miss the ocean? Head to a wave pool in Silver Spring. I’m not kidding! You’ll find the Coastline Wave Pool behind a grouping of trees outside the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration…

Celebrate Juneteenth in Maryland This Weekend

Celebrate Juneteenth in Maryland this weekend with parades and festivals, art and history, and great food and music. We have many holidays in the U.S., and sometimes it can be easy to…

Prospect Point Brewing Checks All the Boxes

What do you look for in a brewery? Obviously good beer. But how about plentiful seating? Gorgeous views? A place for the kids to play? A dog-friendly atmosphere? Yummy food? Prospect Point…

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The Perfect Day For Dads in Maryland

When was the last time you planned an activity with your dad’s interests in mind? Put a smile on his face with these fun activities for dads in Maryland, from mountainside golf…

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Heidi’s Dream Vacations in Maryland

During my twenty-three years as a Maryland resident, I have been fortunate to explore much of our great state, especially around Baltimore and Frederick, the two cities I have called home. Writing…

5 Pride Events in Maryland This June

Creating spaces for queer joy is more important this year than ever. Legislation to limit discussion of queerness in schools is advancing, rates of anti-LGBTQIA+ violence are rising, and bills limiting trans…

See the New Maryland Dove on Its Debut Tour of the Bay

This summer, a new traveling exhibit of Maryland’s pre-colonial history is sailing to a historic port city near you! The newly constructed Maryland Dove—a replica of the 1634 merchant vessel belonging to…

Awesome Maryland Playgrounds Your Kids Will Love

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer? Check out these amazing Maryland playgrounds, perfect for kids of all ages! Hilton Tire Park in Catonsville  The Tire Park is…

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Shop Small for These Summer Travel Essentials

It’s almost summer, and we can’t stop daydreaming about packing up the car and hitting the road. We’re sharing five travel items made in Maryland to make sure you have what you…

Man walking dog in front of Dahlgren Chapel

A Drive Through History on South Mountain

One of the things my husband and I love to do is explore local history. On a particularly gorgeous Sunday several weeks ago, we decided to follow a driving itinerary prepared by…

Cross Island Trail

Paved Bike Trails on the Eastern Shore

Maryland has some world-class bike trails, and people come from all over to ride them. The 20-mile Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail, the 13-mile Baltimore & Annapolis Trail, and of course the…

The model railroad at the Brunswick Heritage Museum in Brunswick, MD

Brunswick: A Railroad Town Still Going Places

How best to describe Brunswick? Is it a river town? A canal town? A hiking town? A rail town? Well, in a word, yes. It’s all of those. But one name—Smoketown, rises…

The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar

Mm Mm Good Milkshakes In Central Maryland

Calling all milkshake lovers! Central Maryland is home to some of the most delicious shakes in the state. Whether you are a fan of over-the-top ice cream creations or prefer something a…

the seven-foot bronze statue of Claire McCardell

From Farm to Fashion: A Textile Trip Through Women’s History

The story of textiles is, in large part, the story of women. Farm wives spun wool and wove cloth. Quilting circles created beautiful works of folk art. Dressmakers copied the European styles…

Family having fun on Deep Creek Lake with a boat

Start Planning for These Summer Getaways

Summer will be here before we know it! Now is the time to plan your summer getaways. Whether you’re in the mood to lounge by a lake, camp in the mountains, or…

US National Oyster Shucking Competition

The U.S. Oyster Festival: A Maryland Pearl

About an hour southeast of Washington D.C. lies a peninsula carved by the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers just as they run into the Chesapeake Bay. And every October, thousands flock here to…

Fun for Toddlers in Central Maryland

Are you looking for new places to explore with your toddler? The days can feel long when you have little ones at home—especially during the summer heat! Here are six places in…

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Camden Yards Hits It Out of the Park

Now that baseball is back in Baltimore, it means spring is upon us and summer is near. There’s nothing like the smell of popcorn, peanuts, and hot dogs emanating from vendor stands…

Jane’s Island Beach

7 Secluded Eastern Shore Beaches Worth Exploring

It’s a pretty special thing to live just minutes from the beach. I’ve lived just outside Ocean City for over a decade, and even after ten years, it still feels like a…

Preakness 148

Preakness 148: A Weekend Celebrating Baltimore Culture

If you’re a horse racing fan planning to visit Baltimore for this year’s running of the Preakness on Saturday, May 20, you’re in for a treat! Not only will horseracing and fancy…

Star Bright Farm: An Inspiring Bright Spot in Baltimore County

On a recent outing to Star Bright Farm, I couldn’t help but feel I was navigating terrain reminiscent of the Yorkshire Dales in England, as seen in the PBS hit show All…

Flag Ponds Nature Park

My Favorite Springtime Strolls in Calvert County

For eons, forces of nature have shaped the shorelines of the Chesapeake, creating a remarkable range of natural environments. Calvert County peninsula in Southern Maryland is one microcosm of the bay’s bounty…

One of Chef Gomez-Starnes’ dishes for “Ethiopian night”

Taste the World at Pier450

Southern Maryland has fantastic food, from crab fritters to local oysters celebrated at the U.S. Oyster Festival, held every fall at the St. Mary’s County Fairground.  But it’s not where you’d think…

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Check Out These Events in May

Looking for adventure this spring? We’re sharing three Maryland events in May worth driving for as well as ideas on things to do while you’re in the area.  Maryland House and Garden…

Paw Paw Tunnel

River, Roads, and Rails in Mountain Maryland

Calling all outdoor adventurers, foodies, and history buffs! Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, is the perfect way to experience America’s transportation history. Whether you prefer waterways, nature trails, railways, or…

15 Earth Day Events in Maryland

There is no shortage of Earth Day events in Maryland. Get your hands dirty, learn more about the environment, or celebrate with your family! Give back to your local community, or travel…

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A Moll Dyer Lover’s Guide to Leonardtown

St. Mary’s is Maryland’s oldest county, and the one most closely tied to witchcraft. Why? The late 1600s were the pinnacle years of witchcraft fever, so it makes sense that St Mary’s…

The author’s son at Deal Island WMA in Somerset County, MD.

Hidden Hiking Trails on the Eastern Shore

The Eastern Shore of Maryland is famous for many things—crabs, boating, history—but hiking is not usually something most people think about when it comes to the shore. Central and Western Maryland seem…

Historic Saint Mary’s City Actor

Trips Inspired by Milestones in Maryland History

We’re bringing you back in time to take a look at five milestones in Maryland history. Travel from 1634 to 1952, and check out our road trip ideas to pair with each…

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Celebrate Spring on a Tour of Middletown Homes and Gardens

Historic house lovers: here is your chance to walk the halls of some of Maryland’s most storied structures! Each year, the annual Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage hosts four tours in various…

Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Jessup, MD

3 Road Trips to Take With Teenagers

Could your teenager(s) use a break from the pressure of school and social circles? Give them a reason to smile (and get off their phone!) with a surprise vacation. Or, present them…

Where to Celebrate Maryland Day in Every County

Maryland Day is the anniversary of when the first European settlers landed in Maryland on March 25th, 1634. Celebrate Maryland Day by visiting a historic place in each of our state’s 23…

The Maryland Wine Festival is held at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, MD, every September.

Can’t-Miss Adventures for Wine Lovers

Finely-crafted. Distinct. Affordable. It’s no wonder wine lovers enjoy the fruits of Maryland’s wine harvest. Read on to learn about a few vino adventures you can uncork—and help give Maryland wine its…

Things to Do in Maryland This April

If you’re looking for things to do in Maryland this April, Maryland Road Trips is here to help. You’ll find hundreds of places to explore as you click around our site, but…

St. Joseph Cemetery at Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg, MD.

Emmitsburg: A Sacred Sanctuary in the Mountains

Just south of the Mason–Dixon line and 14 miles from Gettysburg lies the small northern Maryland town of Emmitsburg, often overlooked by travelers on the way to the famed Civil War battlefield.…

The Perfect Friends’ Outing to Savage Mill

I recently felt nostalgic for a best buddies mall trip like the ones I planned with military-level strategy in my teenage years. When I heard about Savage Mill, a dynamic retail and…

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My 2023 Maryland Bucket List

If you had asked me at 20 to describe my dream job, I would have first responded, “I want to be a travel writer and a mom.” 16 years later, I’m living…

Mandala Pies

A Guys’ Weekend in Berlin, Maryland

Every January, I escape with four friends for a guys weekend. The time away gives us a chance to reconnect and reminisce about our college days at Baltimore’s Loyola University. This year,…

Lead Photo: A view of Great Falls from Olmsted Island.

Clear Your Mind With a Winter Hike at Great Falls

Great Falls in Potomac is like the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls got together and had a baby. Instead of a steep drop of cascading water, Great Falls is a series of…

Iron Rooster

Johnny’s Favorite Eats and Drinks in Annapolis

Annapolis, that colonial enclave of brick and cobblestone lapped by the Chesapeake Bay, might be the prettiest state capital in all the Fifty Nifty. Founded in the 17th century by disaffected Puritans,…

Vanadu

A Drive-by Art Show in the Suburbs

When you think of an art museum, what comes to mind? Probably an impressive neoclassical building with large pillars and marble steps leading to a cavernous entryway where the only sound you…

Puerto Rico Distillery

Get in Good Spirits at These Distilleries in Frederick

Frederick, Maryland, appeals to road-trippers looking for a small-town America sampler. Its eclectic downtown, Civil War sites, and stellar dining and craft beverage scene recently called my name. I took my parents…

The author’s daughter at Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore, MD.

Fun in Charm City for Kids and Adults

Can we have it all traveling as a family? Often, restaurants cater to adults, leaving kids feeling restless and cranky. Or a museum focuses so much on kids without including activities for…

Ellicott Distilling Co. in Old Ellicott City, Maryland.

Trying New Adventures in Old Ellicott City

With busy work schedules and a quiet social life after the holidays, my husband, Trevor, and I were in need of a getaway. Our destination needed to be close enough for a…

Savage River Lodge

Our Yurt Stay at Savage River Lodge

I will staunchly defend myself to this day – the weather report strongly suggested unseasonably mild temperatures for that particular late-winter weekend in 2021. And that’s just what I needed to finally coax…

Birders squint into their binoculars to identify the members of a raft of ducks in a cove at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Kent County, MD

An Exclusive Waterfowl Walk at Eastern Neck

On a recent Friday night in January, my partner Dylan and I headed north for a brief getaway in Kent County, Maryland. We live just down the Chesapeake Bay, in Queen Anne’s…

Boordy Wines

My Mid-Week Road Trip to Boordy Vineyards

I recently returned to Maryland after a stint working in California wine production. I had a great time, but Mid-Atlantic wine has my heart. In 2023 I am on a mission to…

Our Top 8 Experiences from 2022

Maryland might be small in size, but the state packs in plenty of big adventures! Whether your sightseeing speed involves browsing bookstores, kayaking past sunken warships, or visiting as many breweries as…

Belmont Manor & Historic Park

6 Spots to Visit in Historic Elkridge

Like most kids, I didn’t think my hometown of Elkridge, Maryland, was particularly special while growing up. It wasn’t until later in my life that I realized how important Elkridge was in…

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Even in Winter, Downtown Frederick Shines Bright

Downtown Frederick is quietly busy in winter. The frantic pace of holiday shopping dissipates into leisure time to dine and wander. Brilliant sunshine tempered the cold crispness as I hit the historic…

Bikers along the marsh in Assateague Island

Achieve These 8 Popular Resolutions Through Road Trips

With the arrival of New Year’s comes an excitement to create New Year’s resolutions. As a van lifer, I must achieve my reaolutions from the road. You, too, can use travel to…

Walkersville Bowling Center in Walkersville MD

Try Your Hand at Duckpin Bowling

I stepped onto the glistening wood floor and retrieved a ball from the chrome ball return machine installed shortly before Kennedy was president. I tossed the grapefruit-sized ball in my hand as…

Man receiving a facial at The Spa at Turf Valley

Treat Yourself and Book a Spa Day

The holidays are wonderful, but they can also be a hectic time of travel, parties, entertaining, cooking, baking, shopping, and winding down our work for the year. While it’s fun and exciting,…

Fuzzies Food Truck Burger

My Road Trip to Find the Best Burgers in Baltimore

I planned to write a sentimental ode to burgers here, but you look too hungry to read that. So, read on to see what I ate on my road trip to find…

Wist mountain coaster

Your Ultimate Guide to Winter Fun in Maryland

How often have you stayed inside on a cold day because you didn’t know what memorable outdoor fun was only a drive away? Here are some not-to-miss winter fun activities in Maryland,…

“Hoppy” Holidays! Top Gift Ideas From Our Craft Bev Expert

Are you looking for fun gift ideas for grown-ups? Give the beer lover in your life the gift of Maryland beer—or a beer experience! A Beer For Every Palate With the number…

The outdoor pool at Sagamore Pendry overlooks the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD

6 Ways to Give the Gift of Travel Through a Maryland Road Trip

As a van-lifer, I’ve learned to value experiences over material goods. If you’re looking for a way to delight your loved ones without adding to their amount of “stuff,” consider giving the…

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Shop Small for Big Smiles at These Toy Stores

The Internet has made shopping for gifts easier than ever before, but the magic of stepping foot in a toy store is hard to replicate online. These independent toy stores in Central…

Carolers during Midnight Madness in Annapolis

Celebrate Midnight Madness in These 3 Downtowns

Each year I’m inspired to wear my holiday attire and corral my friends for an evening out at Midnight Madness. It’s become an annual tradition for our group of friends to eat…

The Christmas parade in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Create New Traditions With These Holiday Events in Maryland

Just like that, the holidays are here! Whether you’re looking for family fun, a romantic evening, or getting together with friends, these holiday events are sure to make this season the best…

Antietam Luminaries

Drive Through the Memorial Illumination at Antietam National Battlefield

160 years ago, on September 17, 1862, one horrific military battle marked a watershed moment in the American Civil War and, inevitably, shaped our nation’s history.  The bitter war between the states,…

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Cheers to Wine Time at Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards

Turn your car onto the grounds of Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards, and you know you’ve embarked on something special. Take one step out of your car, and you will quickly understand…

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Maryland-Made Gifts For Everyone on Your List

With an uptick in online shopping and the closure of small businesses nationwide during the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to shop local this holiday season. When you purchase Maryland-made products,…

Immerse Yourself in Victorian London at Chestertown’s A Dickens of a Christmas

If you enjoy donning a costume, you’ll want to grab your cloak, crinoline, petticoats, frockcoat, and top hat and head to A Dickens of a Christmas in charming Chestertown this December 2nd…

“Knusperige Schweinshaxe” —one of the dinner entrées at Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant in Hagerstown, MD.

Craving Comfort Foods? Cozy Up With These Eats & Drinks

Each season brings its own special beauty to Maryland. Summer’s bright blue skies over the Bay, fall’s vivid colors in the mountains around Cumberland, spring’s blossoms in Sherwood Garden in Baltimore—every page…

Artist Bill van Gilder of van Gilder Pottery in Gapland, MD.

Shop Handmade Goods on the Valley Craft Network Tour

Amongst the rolling Appalachian foothills of Central Maryland, numerous artisans produce one-of-a-kind creations, ranging from ceramics and mosaics to cheese and cider. Together these talented professionals, inspired by nature and its connection…

The author’s children on a beach vacation

Reflections from the Road: Traveling With Adult Kids

Walking through the doors beneath the familiar neon pink letters topped by a benevolent sun was like traveling back in time. Our 25-and 21-year-old daughters admired the color-splashed packages bearing the beloved…

Liquid Asset’s Ice Cream Sammie

A Food-Filled Weekend in Worcester County

I recently took a weekend trip to captivating Worcester County, Maryland. The state’s only wedge of Atlantic seafront is popular with vacationers looking for a classic coastal wonderland. On my excursion, however,…

Follow the Footsteps of an Assassin on the John Wilkes Booth Trail

Americans who had been celebrating the April 9, 1865 surrender of General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate forces were stunned by the April 15 headline screaming from the The New York…

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Accessible Travels in Maryland for Everyone to Enjoy

For many Maryland travelers, travel troubles conjure images of angst-riddled backups on the Bay Bridge, or unexpected downpours washing away all hopes of a solid beach day. Travel troubles, however, take on…

A couple kissing on a boat

Say “I Do” at One of These Stunning Wedding Destinations

Sandy beaches, stunning waterfront views, picturesque gardens, and resort stays might sound out of reach if you’re planning a wedding close to home, but if you live in or around Maryland, you…

Pickett Brewing Company

Pour a Glass and Kick Up Your Heels in Pigtown

Where can you find neighborhood charm, great food and drinks, and a variety of entertainment options? Look no further than Pigtown in Baltimore. In the 1800s, pigs were herded through the streets…

Jason Freeman

Meet Jason Freeman, the Man Behind “Historic Homes of Baltimore”

Other than introducing the members of our team, we’ve never featured an individual person on our website before—we typically promote destinations and businesses. Then I came across Jason Freeman’s Instagram account “Historic…

The author on a sunset cruise in St. Mary’s County

How I Spent a Weekend in St. Mary’s County

I recently journeyed from Baltimore to a Southern Maryland destination where 500 miles of shoreline and 400 years of history offer travelers a sampler plate of refreshing experiences. I was welcomed to…

8 Things to Look Forward to at the 2022 Waterfowl Festival

Note: the 2023 Waterfowl Festival is held November 10-12.  I’ve attended the annual Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland, countless times—it’s become a fall tradition I look forward to every year. The event…

Boo! Get Spooked at These Spots With Haunted History

It’s that time of year when bumps in the night make you jump and dark corners seem a touch more eerie than before. If you are looking for a good scare this…

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Breakfast, Biking, and Burgers: The Perfect Road Trip

Coming off of a busy summer, I’ve been feeling the need for a chill, fall adventure. I had a few criteria to meet while planning this particular road trip: pick an outdoor…

Adventure Park at Sandy Springs School

What to Do in Maryland Based on Your Enneagram Type

The school year is well underway, and our weekdays are now full to the brim with agendas, tasks, and deadlines. It can feel overwhelming to juggle everything, no matter your personality type!…

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Get Your DIY On: Candle Making, Glass Blowing, and More

In search of a one-of-a-kind gift for the holidays? Consider the DIY approach! Make your own gifts at a studio in Central Maryland—from a glass-blown vase to bath bombs to customized candles…

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Celebrate All Things Fall at These Family-Friendly Farms in Maryland

Fall is officially here, and you know what that means: it’s time to visit a farm (or two, or five)! Spending time at a local farm is one of my family’s favorite…

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On the Road in Search of a Good Cup of Joe

Looking for an adventure during the day while our kids are in college and high school, my friend and I decided to execute a plan to seek out independent coffee shops in…

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5 Favorite Spots to Kayak This Fall

Sound the pumpkin spice trumpets—autumn is here! With the promise of crisp air and kaleidoscopic foliage, fall is a great time to get out on the water. The following are my favorite…

Walking in Rocky Gap State Park

5 Things to Do in Mountain Maryland

You may head to western Maryland for outdoor recreation at Rocky Gap State Park in the summer and the popular Polar Express train ride in the winter. But there are a lot…

Penguin at breakfast with the animals at the zoo

Walk on the Wild Side With These Animal Encounters

Maryland offers many opportunities to get up close and personal with animals of all likes—from furry to scaly and everyone in between. If you or a family member is an animal lover,…

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Dig Into These Kent Island Eats

Think of Kent Island as the land equivalent of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, connecting Maryland’s Western and Eastern Shores. Its roots run deep, first as the longtime home of the Matapeake people,…

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Like A Good Book, Inn BoonsBoro Takes You Away

When researching places to go for a quick, one-night getaway, I happened upon the town of Boonsboro, Maryland, which seemingly is owned and run by famed romance and mystery novelist Nora Roberts.…

Eat and Play Around the Capital Beltway

Only one 64-mile-long interstate freeway encircles the Washington, D.C. suburbs—the Capital Beltway! I’m here to tell you that there’s way more to the famous I-495 than traffic jams and the political establishment.…

10 Rainy Day Activities in Maryland

From rolling mountains to lively waterfronts, our state is known for its beautiful outdoors. But there’s plenty of indoor fun to be had, too. Don’t wait for perfect weather to get out…

Find Crisp Beers and Cool Breezes at These Outdoor Breweries

There’s nothing quite like grabbing a brew and soaking up the sunshine while enjoying a beautiful view. Maryland has tons of options when it comes to breweries, but these six take the…

A “Fun Mom” Road Trip to Frostburg

Do you ever feel you need a complete reset with your kid(s)? By the end of July, I felt weary of what seemed like non-stop chatter and interrupting from my six-year-old daughter,…

7 Ways to Enjoy the Exciting Arts Scene in Kent County

Tucked along the northeast coastline of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s Kent County draws nature lovers from across the state with its plentiful access to boating, fishing, kayaking, and hiking. But its scenic…

Finding Travel Inspiration In Odd Places

You never know when a road trip idea might strike. My most recent travel inspiration came from an unexpected place: postage stamps! I was organizing my collection one rainy afternoon and noticed…

Old town ellicott city

Old Ellicott City is a Walk-and-Shop Paradise

Among my most cherished possessions is a framed black-and-white route map for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.  Published in Standard & Poor’s in 1889, the spider’s web of rail routes includes the…

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Pull Over! Playgrounds Right off the Road

My husband and I used to take road trips around Maryland all the time. We’d often turn a trip to the beach or the mountains into an opportunity to explore small towns,…

Bakers&Co pastries

Live, Laugh, Loaf at These Popular Annapolis Bakeries

What foods come to mind when you think of Annapolis? Crabs, oysters, fresh-baked bread… Wait, what? You heard us right. The gateway to the Bay is also home to exceptional bakeries worth…

Books Set in Maryland That Will Inspire Your Next Trip

Have you ever read a book set in a particular destination and it made you want to get in your car and see the place for yourself? We’ve paired a handful of…

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Pair History With Fun at These Eastern Shore Destinations

As summer comes to a close, now is a great time to make the trek across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to the Eastern Shore. Walking the Ocean City boardwalk (constructed in 1900)…

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5 Parks in Charles County for Every Type of Adventure

The possibilities for outdoor adventure in Charles County are endless, and they’re perfect for exploring at your own pace. Drift through tranquil waters in the early morning light, pedal down a rail…

The crab cake roll at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood inside Oriole Park

Hungry, Hon? Bring Your Appetite to Baltimore

One of America’s most historic cities, Baltimore brims with distinctive culinary traditions, celebrated restaurants, and epicurean verve. Established as a haven for Catholics in colonial America, Baltimore has long been home to…

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The True Love Story Behind Love Point Vineyards and Winery

Love Point Vineyards & Winery in Stevensville, Maryland, isn’t your standard go-to barn winery. Neither, for that matter, is the love story that brought owners Tim and Karen Seppi together just a…

Retriever dog with head out the window of a car

We’ve Got Your Road Trip Playlist “Covered”

Do you ever find yourself waiting in line at a coffee shop humming along to a song cover you’ve never heard? Times like these call for my good friend Shazam. I can’t…

mom and son in apple orchard

Pick, Sip, Shop: Where to Celebrate Maryland’s Fall Bounty

There’s something satisfying in getting your hands dirty and pulling your dinner out of the ground or off the tree yourself. Although you can certainly purchase fresh and local produce from your…

Author on ferry with motorcycle

Key Lime Pie Or Bust: My Motorcycle Drive to Mandala Pies

It’s a running joke in the motorcycle community that every ride ends in ice cream or barbeque. I happily accept this stereotype and believe good food goes best with a fun ride.…

people playing on the beach at Deep Creek Lake

Find Your Dream Waterfront Vacation in Maryland

It’s easy to find your dream waterfront vacation in Maryland, whether you’re seeking romance, a family adventure, time away with friends, or peace and solitude. We’ve got it all—beautiful beaches, rivers, lakes,…

6 Date Spots for Romance and Fun in Harford County

No need to stress out when planning your next date—fall in love with that special someone while you explore Harford County. Ladew Topiary Gardens Experience 22 acres of lush greenery at Ladew…

Assateague Outfitters kayak group near wild ponies

Summer Like the Locals on Assateague Island

Do you crave peace and quiet at the beach? If you’ve yet to experience Assateague Island like a local, it’s time to plan your off-season vacation. The island restores itself to its…

Gina and Andrew poke their heads out of a car cut-out sculpture

A Road Trip Brought Me and My Husband Together

Road tripping with loved ones inevitably involves a series of negotiations—where to stop, what to listen to, how much to go above the speed limit, and what should be the speed limit.…

Beer flight at Landmade Brewing

History, Arts, Drinks, and Eats: All in a Day’s Trip to Poolesville

Our day in Poolesville started as many of our trips do—on a mission to eat. We wanted to try Locals Farm Market, which had been highly recommended to us by several people.…

burger and fries

Nothing “Beets” a Great Burger! 4 Favorite Mountainside Stops

Give me a day to explore twisty back roads and small cozy towns, and I’m a happy motorcyclist. Better yet, I can find all these things in the Appalachian foothills surrounding Rohrersville,…

two white Adirondack chairs

8 Ways to Feel Like You’re on [Kent] Island Time

Most Marylanders know Kent Island. Located on the eastern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, it’s the connector between the eastern and western shores. You’ve likely driven across it countless times on…

history reenactment by a fire

Historic London Town and Gardens: An Easy Day Trip from D.C.

Whenever I get the chance to take a trip somewhere, I will always use that opportunity to explore some new-to-me historical spot. As a literature teacher and history-lover, I can’t imagine a…

Bas Rouge, plated food

Eat Your Way Through the Eastern Shore

Maryland’s Eastern Shore rightfully deserves its renown as one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most beloved places to vacation. With a rich maritime tradition stretching back centuries, the starboard coast of the Chesapeake Bay…

cows in a field

A Laid-Back Drive Through the Countryside

I had a free day to explore the northern Maryland countryside, but no real plan. Fort Frederick to Fort Ritchie, I decided. Two of Maryland’s historic forts would make nice bookends for…

Flamingos in a garden

So Fresh and So Green: A Road Trip for Plant People

Your social media feeds may be looking like a jungle lately. Maybe you’ve seen the declaration that “pets are the new children and plants are the new pets,” or you’ve been following…

Laura and Hilary from the MRT team

Meet the MRT Team: Hilary Is the Newest Member of the Minivan Mom Club

We’re pulling back the curtain to introduce you to the team behind Maryland Road Trips! Meet our sales specialist, Hilary Papuchis. I was born in Silver Spring, MD, and spent my childhood…

A Summer Weekend at Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Lake is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the state of Maryland and one that neither my husband, Joe, nor I had ever visited. We rectified that on…

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Returning to My Favorite Childhood Spots in Harford County

My partner and I share a love of travel, from driving across the country to exploring the many things to do where we live. When it came time to introduce my partner…

National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race

Watch the Only High Wheel Race in the United States

On one Saturday each July, thousands of revelers line the streets in downtown Frederick to cheer on the bicyclists entered in the National Clustered Spires High Wheel Race, the only race of…

Woman laying on the front of a boat holding a White Claw

Sail! Swim! Seafood! 8 Ways to Enjoy the Water in Maryland

When it comes to beating the summer heat, do you prefer to splash around, get out on a boat, or crack crabs at a paper-lined table? Whatever your pleasure, there are plenty…

Storefront of Earth Tones Cafe

5 Reasons to Drive to Denton, Maryland

You may have passed Denton, Maryland, on Route 404 while heading to and from beaches in Maryland and Delaware. The question is, have you stopped to explore the town? If not, here…

dozen doughnuts

Dining Experiences Worth the Drive in Charles County

Leave big-city traffic behind and set your GPS for a destination you’ll want to bookmark for later—Charles County, Maryland. Just a short drive from D.C., Charles County is known for its breathtaking…

Walk MD Sunset Stroll Canal Towpath

Embarking on Outdoor Adventures with Chronic Illness

If adventuring outdoors is part of your lifestyle, it’s a hard pill to swallow when chronic illness causes you to be unable to keep up with your former pace. A year ago,…

Soak in the Fun at These Playgrounds With Water Features in Maryland

Sometimes the only cure for summer heat is water—but not everyone has the ability to pack up and drive to the beach on a moment’s notice. Lucky for us, there are several…

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Let’s Go Girls: A Girls Road Trip Playlist

Some of my favorite memories from my teenage years are the times I spent driving with my best friend. Few things feel better than screaming to music with someone you know won’t…

Historic Rocky Springs Chapel & School House

Follow in the Footsteps of a Solider, Settler, and Saint in Frederick County

You can put a dozen history lovers in the same room and they all likely have different preferences on how they enjoy diving into the past. The variety of unique museums, historic…

Travel for Every Type: 6 Exciting Destinations in PG County

What if I told you that you could find rich history, beautiful nature trails, phenomenal food and drink options, plus family fun in PG County? Would you believe it? Many Marylanders lump…

Kara along a stream next to Cushwa

Cool off From the C&O Canal With Cold Beers in Williamsport

Outdoor activities that involve beer are at the top of my summer bucket list—and a recent road trip to Williamsport provided the perfect mix of both. My husband and I loaded up…

Kayaking on Blackwater national wildlife refuge

Adventure and Romance on the Eastern Shore

Have you ever visited a place for the first time and had the feeling that you were exactly where you needed to be? That’s what happened to my boyfriend Derek and me…

Paradise Watersports

Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Events in Maryland

One of the best ways to soak up the character of our state is by attending a festival. Plan your travels around these upcoming summer events in Maryland, and get ready for…

Frederick Pride

Where to Celebrate Pride Month in Maryland

Every June, Maryland joins the world in celebrating Pride. From parades, events, and meet-ups, Maryland’s Pride celebrations honor the beauty and diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community. As a queer Marylander, I am…

Inverness Brewing in Monkton

Spread out at These 5 Family-Friendly Breweries in Central Maryland

As a new mom, I am always on the lookout for places we can bring our little one to meet up with friends. Breweries have always been a favorite of ours, and…

Thomas Stone House

Tour Haberdeventure, Home of a Founding Father

Deepen your knowledge of both national and state history with a visit to Thomas Stone National Historic Site in Southern Maryland, just an hour south of Washington, D.C. Thomas Stone, a wealthy…

Firefly Farms

Dive Into Dairy History & Get Your Hands on Maryland Cheese

In 1998, milk was declared the official state drink of Maryland, a designation that well reflects statistics from 2021, which reveal that 875 million pounds of milk were generated by 42,000 cows…

Achieve Peace and Quiet in the Mountains at Ole Mink Farm

Nestled in the Catoctin Mountains of Northern Frederick County, Ole Mink Farm Recreation Resort provides a beautiful backdrop for a weekend getaway. The luxury log cabins are the perfect home away from…

Chesapeake Bay Motoring Festival

Gear Up for This Year’s Chesapeake Bay Motoring Festival

If you’re coming from what we Eastern Shore people call the ‘western shore’ of Maryland, you’ll enjoy the salty air and scenic views of the Chesapeake Bay while crossing the bridge to…

kid picking cherries

Pick, Sip, Shop: Where to Celebrate Maryland’s Summer Bounty

There is a definite allure to a table spread full of the garden’s bounty—a veritable feast of colorful fruits and vegetables just waiting to be cut, cooked, jammed, jellied, and enjoyed.  And…

A Farms and Forests Food Experience at Foraged in Baltimore

My boyfriend and I are both incredibly passionate about food. We love trying new or exotic menu items, and we often compete by searching for a unique date night restaurant to impress…

Kharis Lavender Fields

4 Stunning Lavender Farms in Maryland

Could you use some R&R? What better way to rejuvenate your soul than by spending an afternoon among fields of lavender? While many enjoy lavender for its fragrance and beauty, this pretty…

North Harford High School

Family Field Trips Along the Harford County Barn Quilt Trail

Traipsing through the rural landscape of Harford County along its expansive Barn Quilt Trail will feel like a fun family scavenger hunt while acquainting you with various hidden treasure spots throughout the…

A cannon at Antietam National Battlefiled in Maryland

Enjoy a Slice of Americana in the Heart of the Civil War

We’ve all heard Maryland called “America in Miniature.” One swath of the state that I consider an even smaller-scale sampler of American history is the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area.…

Biking on the Millstream trail in Centreville, MD

Bike Rides and Blue Skies: Small Town Charm in Centreville, MD

I live in Centreville, a quaint, small historic town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Centreville is full of historic homes and landmarks, with a brick store-front downtown that can make you…

Hyattsville Mural featuring Maryland flag

Arts, Eats, and Outdoor Adventures in Prince George’s County

As a part-time van lifer, weekend road trips are my ideal way of exploring Maryland. My love for Maryland weekends began in my own backyard of Prince George’s County. Between nature, dining,…

Rocklands Farm Winery

An Ag-cellent Oasis in Montgomery County

As residents of suburban Washington D.C., my wife and I often seek an escape from the hubbub of the Beltway. One of our favorite spots to venture out to is the Montgomery…

Follow Your Feet to Favorite Eats in Hampden, Baltimore

I have called Hampden, nestled in between Druid Hill Park and Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus in north-central Baltimore City, home for the past 12 years. Known for its abundance of flamingos,…

Peaceful Petals

Take a Day in this Hospitable Hamlet: Severna Park

If you’ve never ventured north of Annapolis to Severna Park, you may want to add this location to your list of places to visit in 2022. Just 8 miles from historic Annapolis,…

Rocky Gap

Explore the Outdoors: 4 Must-Visit Maryland State Parks

Although one of the smallest states in the U.S., Maryland hosts a great diversity of terrain, from mountains to farmland to coastal plains. Experience the natural enchantment here by visiting one of…

5 Nature Centers in Maryland Your “Wild” Child Will Love

Whether your backyard is expansive or the size of a postage stamp, all kids need a change of scenery sometimes. Whatever the weather, nature centers offer a perfect solution for little explorers—they…

New Beers on the Block: Maryland Breweries Worth the Trip

All breweries use grain, hops, yeast, and water to make beer, but every brewery offers a unique experience and environment to enjoy. A brewery could be in a large industrial warehouse, a…

Movies in Maryland: 5 Self-Guided Tours for Film Fans

Maryland is known for its seafood, shorelines, and central location to major cities like Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia, and might not be the first state that comes to mind as a…

The Fort Frederick Market Fair: A Taste of Colonial America

Of all the events on the Maryland calendar that fall into my family’s must-attend column, the Fort Frederick Market Fair in Big Pool, Maryland, is at the top of the list. I…

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7 Spots to Enjoy Solitude in Maryland

In today’s world, we’re tapped into everything: every text message, every news source, every funny dog video. Making time for solitude allows you to leave the constant stream of stimulation and gives…

cherry blossoms

Songs to Put a Spring in Your Step

As the weather warms up, my mind drifts to memories of my 5-year-old self sitting under an oak tree on the front lawn with my slate blue portable CD player and big…

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You Know You Are a Marylander When…

It’s no secret that those of us with roots in Maryland are proud of our little state. With its 3,000 miles of shoreline, scenic mountains, bustling cities, historic small towns, numerous parks,…

Lonaconing Furnace in Lonaconing, MD

Exploring Industrial History Along Maryland’s Iron Road

From the foothills of Appalachia to the lower Eastern Shore, Maryland’s rich industrial history has left an enduring mark on the environment around us. Around the time of the American Revolution, Maryland…

Wine in the Woods

This or That? Craft Beverage Adventures in Howard County

The craft beverage scene in Howard County has something for every taste. Whether your drink of choice is a hoppy craft beer, a dry red wine, or a cocktail made with local…

Step Into a Storybook Village Off I-495

I felt like I was in a storybook village as I strolled the grounds at National Park Seminary at Forest Glen, a historic residential community along the Capital Beltway in Silver Spring.…

Outdoor Fun for All Ages in Anne Arundel County

As spring is upon us and the weather begins to break, it’s time to get outside and get your body moving. Anne Arundel County features access to rivers and the Chesapeake Bay…

Fun Events are “Springing” Up in Maryland

Spring is my favorite season of the year. As such, I have an annual “signs of spring” countdown that marks time as winter fades and the weather warms, and spring events feature…

5 Small Towns in Maryland Every History Lover Should Visit

As a newly fashioned Marylander, I’m always looking for a defining weekend experience that helps me connect to my new home. In my search, I’ve found that the small towns of the…

Where to Sink Your Teeth Into These 5 Classic Maryland Foods

Historic preservation isn’t just about preserving buildings, structures, and sites—it’s about safeguarding our intangible heritage—music, dress, oral traditions, crafts, festivals, and, of course, cuisines. From spicy to sweet, Maryland food has it…

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5 Family-Friendly Destinations in Maryland To Visit This Year

One of the greatest joys of taking road trips is the guaranteed family bonding time. Whether you’re playing classic car games, listening to an audiobook, or counting down the minutes to the…

Banneker-Douglass Museum

3 Maryland Museums Illuminating Black History and Culture

Learning about Black history and culture is essential within and beyond Black History Month. Even while experiencing immense hardships, Black Marylanders continued to create art, attend schools, build communities, enjoy leisure time,…

The “Reel” Deal: Where to Go Fishing in Maryland in Winter

We are in the dead of winter. It’s difficult to predict when it will rain or snow, and it’s hard to find the motivation to take out the trash, let alone get…

Let’s Go Shopping in Easton, MD

I’ve always been a little squeamish about driving over the Bay Bridge. Then, a dear friend moved to Talbot County, and I chose to face my fear in the name of friendship.…

Chesapeake Bay Bridge

A Tale of Two Marylands: How the Chesapeake Bay Bridge United the Free State

For me, each crossing of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is a thrill. The panoramic views up and down the broad Bay from the Bridge’s 186-foot apex is worth the expense of any…

Bicycle built for two

Meet the MRT Team: Emily’s Biked and Boated Her Way Around Maryland

We’re pulling back the curtain to introduce you to the team behind Maryland Road Trips! Meet our publisher, Emily Dorr. I grew up in Middletown and spent much of my childhood traveling…

A Winter Girls Weekend in Ocean City

After the holidays are over, I often lament that the remaining winter months leave little to look forward to. The good news? We can create our own winter magic by escaping on…

Meet the MRT Team: If Kelsey Gets a Tattoo, It Will Be From This Maryland Studio

We’re pulling back the curtain to introduce you to the team behind Maryland Road Trips! Meet our designer, Kelsey McManimon. I grew up outside of Philadelphia and studied graphic design and philosophy…

Tap Into Something Sweet: 8 Maple Sugar Events in Maryland

I’ve lived in Maryland my whole life (let’s go O’s!). I love it here, and at this point I can’t imagine living anywhere else. However, there is another state that has a…

The Maryland Zoo

Bundle up for Kid-Friendly Fun in Baltimore This Winter

Just because it’s the darkest and coldest season of the year doesn’t mean your family’s adventures should stop. Whether you’re checking out the artwork on the iconic yellow salt boxes with hot…

two men crossing the I-70 footbridge on the Appalachian Trail

Meet the MRT Team: Chris’ Favorite Outdoor Spots in MD and the Meatballs That Haunt His Dreams

We’re pulling back the curtain to introduce you to the team behind Maryland Road Trips! Meet our editor, Chris Vandergrift. Growing up in the Midwest, I had very mixed feelings about road…

A Day in Historic Elkridge: Exploring One of Maryland’s Oldest Towns

Like most kids, I didn’t think my hometown of Elkridge, Maryland, was particularly special while growing up. It wasn’t until later in my life that I realized how important Elkridge was in…

The Music Center at Strathmore

Take the Show on the Road: 5 Must-Visit Theaters in Maryland

In my mind, there is no equal to the experience of live theater. I look forward to any performance for days ahead of time: the thrill of getting dressed up and going…

8 Most Popular Maryland Destinations Featured in 2021

It’s that time of year when we reflect on the memories we’ve made and wonder what exciting opportunities await us. (Road trips, anyone?) We’re proud to have featured over 130 Maryland cities…

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Meet the MRT Team: Laura’s Surprising Advice for an Unforgettable Trip

We’re pulling back the curtain to introduce you to the team behind Maryland Road Trips! Meet Laura Rennie, our editorial manager.  Despite the fact that I grew up just across the Potomac…

Two individuals looking at the Harriet Tubman sign

4 Historic Sites in Maryland to Visit in 2022

What are your New Year’s resolutions? If one of them is to travel more or expand your knowledge of history, you’re in luck—we’re sharing four historic sites in Maryland to visit in…

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Wintry Vibes for Chilly Drives

Nostalgia is really an odd force. An unassuming memory comes to mind and gradually washes over you with growing intensity–equal parts warmth and longing for a time in life that has now…

man and son on wisp mountain coaster

No Business Like Snow Business: Dog Sledding, Mountain Coasting, and More Winter Activities in Maryland

How often have you stayed inside on a cold day because you didn’t know what memorable outdoor fun was only a drive away? Here are some not-to-miss winter activities in Maryland, from…

A woman with two dogs on leashes in a sunflower garden

Meet the MRT Team: Lanie Spotted Michael Jordan in Ocean City

We’re pulling back the curtain to introduce you to the team behind Maryland Road Trips! Meet Lanie Condor, our social media manager.  Some of my earliest memories are driving over the Chesapeake…

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My Adventure Away: A Dungeons & Dragons-Themed Getaway in Maryland

I typed the address into my GPS and started the drive to my destination: a Dungeons & Dragons game hosted by the aptly named business Adventure Away. Even the journey had a…

snow bumper cars

From Classic Movie Scenes to Ice Bumper Cars: Festive Family Fun at Gaylord National Resort

Whether it’s seeing Clark Griswold finally get his holiday lights to turn on or watching Buddy the Elf create a winter wonderland in a toy store, watching Christmas movies every year has…

Couple with wine by the water

Wyldly in Love: A Romantic Getaway to Wylder Hotel on Tilghman Island

I like to joke that I have a favorite version of my husband. I call him “Vacation Andy.” Vacation Andy is up for anything. He’s a big spender. His humor, the trait…

Christmas Tree in Baltimore City

A Weekend of Holiday Traditions in Charm City

When the busyness of the holidays feels overwhelming, I crave a reminder of why this season is so special. My husband, Joe, and I started dating around Christmas and created quite a…

girl in toy store

All-Day Play: 5 Independent Toy Stores in Maryland and Nearby Family Fun

The Internet has made shopping for gifts easier than ever before, but the magic of stepping foot in a toy store is hard to replicate online. These independent toy stores in Central…

Santa in Baltimore

21 Ideas On What to Do & Eat Across Maryland Over the Holidays

For many of us, this holiday season may be the first in a while that we’re able to travel to see family and friends. Take advantage of the time together and get…

two beers from Evolution Craft Brewing

Pour a Glass of Holiday Cheer With the Gift of Maryland Beer

‘Tis the season for gift-giving! Give the beer lover in your life the gift of Maryland beer—or a beer experience!   A Beer For Every Palate With the number of breweries in…

highway through a mountain

Sideling Hill: A Roadside Geological Wonder Worth the Stop

Let’s face it—rest areas are pretty boring. You’re usually there to take a break from driving, let the kids and pets get their wiggles out, and maybe grab a brochure or two.…

handmade glass cupcakes

Craft Your Way to the Holidays: DIY Gift Spots in Central Maryland

In search of a one-of-a-kind gift for the holidays? Consider the handmade approach! Make your own gifts at a studio in Central Maryland—from a glass-blown vase to bath bombs to customized candles…

sliced stuffed ham

Southern Maryland Stuffed Ham: Spicing Up Thanksgiving with a Regional Icon for Generations

Holiday meals represent treasured moments when traditional culinary delights are shared with the ones we love. Ideally, time-honored food traditions such as these are sustained by each generation through the classic learning…

Shop Local Bag

Holiday Shopping Guide: 10 Maryland-Made Products to Gift This Year

With an uptick in online shopping and the closure of small businesses nationwide during the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to shop local this holiday season. When you purchase Maryland-made products,…

Piscataway Nation Singers and Dancer

Celebrate the Native People of Southern Maryland at American Indian Heritage Day

There’s a nip in the air, and the leaves have turned brilliant colors—it’s a perfect time for a road trip to Southern Maryland to explore this region’s Native history and people. Experience…

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The National Museum of Civil War Medicine: Connecting Bloody Battles to Modern Medical Care

“It’s not real,” I had to remind myself as I leaned in to inspect the mannequin of a dead Civil War soldier. His face was gray, as if all of his blood…

kid playing with toy food

5 Reasons to Love Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore

When someone asks where I’m from, I’m proud to say I’m a Baltimorean. I was born here, and have lived in or around Baltimore my whole life. As a child, Baltimore was…

beer and cupcake pairings

Our Mission to Visit Every Brewery in the Hoppin’ Maryland Beer Scene

How does one begin the quest to visit every brewery in the ever-growing Maryland beer scene? My wife, Esther, and I started this journey in vastly different ways but still achieved our…

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A Thrilling Ride at the Rocky Ridge Slide

A 40-foot tall wooden slide towers in the background of Mount Tabor Park in Rocky Ridge just waiting to be conquered like a playground version of Mount Everest. Built by volunteers more…

graveyard

Legend Tripping Destinations In Maryland

The Old Line State is full of American history and folklore, from civil war hauntings to cryptids and witches. What better time to get out to explore our state’s spooky side than…

woman walking two dogs in a park

A Day For the Dogs in Frederick

“Hey, dogs, do you want to go for a car ride?” What follows are the enthusiastic clickity-clacks of paws as they storm the kitchen. “Car ride” is one of their favorite words—also…

Kids using duck calls

8 Things You Won’t Want to Miss at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton

I’ve attended the annual Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland, countless times—it’s become a fall tradition I look forward to every year. The event draws upwards of 20,000 visitors to Talbot County for…

Father and son on top of cliff

6 Ways to Prep for Family Hikes (and Where to Go in MD)

Almost everything seems better when enjoyed outside, and family time is no exception. Going on a family hike is a great way to foster a connection with the outdoors while also drawing…

Milkshake at Rayne's Reef Soda Fountain

From Milkshakes to Mermaids: 4 Things to Do in Berlin, MD

Located just off US-50 and less than 10 miles from Ocean City, the little town of Berlin is big on Eastern Shore charm. We’re sharing four things to do in Berlin, MD,…

Interact with heritage breed animals at Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation at Historic St. Mary’s City

3 Days of Historic Exploration in Southern Maryland

After a long year of work and stress, my husband and I were finally on vacation and ready for a week of relaxation and historic exploration in Southern Maryland. As we arrived…

Publisher Letter: This Month Marks Maryland Road Trips’ One Year Anniversary

Dear Readers, This month marks our one-year anniversary. Through captivating experiences and specially curated road trip itineraries written by 41 different contributors, our website is the heart of Maryland Road Trips. We’ve…

A birds eye view of the winding flow of the Choptank River during a late fall sunset.

Ready, Set, Launch: Where to Catch Maryland’s Fall Colors From a Boat

There is a sense of calm that being close to water brings. I tend to forget whatever worries are on my mind and concentrate on the smells, sounds, and beauty around me.…

A couple standing in front of pumpkins

6 Fall-Flavored Treats in Maryland to ‘Leaf’ You Wanting More

Fall is a season you can smell and taste. No other season is as synonymous and wrapped up with a type of food as fall is to pumpkins, apples, and warm aromas…

Gettysburg National Military Park

Bringing the Civil War to Life: A Family Road Trip From Baltimore to Gettysburg

Like so many of my fellow Americans, I find myself returning time and again to the Civil War period as a gripping era in our history. I’m most interested in the human…

Reenactors on a boat

Plant a Seed, March Into Battle, Drop an Anchor: Experience Living History in MD

Ever find yourself wishing for a time machine to whiz you back in time? (Is that just me?) Living history sites like Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts…

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Two Adventurers and a Baby Go Family Camping at Deep Creek State Park

My husband Scott and I were both raised by parents who believed in the value of family camping. It’s a great way to introduce children to the natural world without the distractions…

Star Bright Farm Gate

Make Some ‘Thyme’ for These 3 Maryland Herb Farms

What herbs send you trippin’? No, I don’t mean that type of trippin’! I’m talking about road tripping to some fantastic Maryland herb farms. Herbs have been used for thousands of years…

Drive, Bike, or Hike: Where to View Fall Colors in Maryland

The leaves will start changing before we know it, which makes now the perfect time to plan ahead on where you’ll view fall colors in Maryland. There’s something truly magnificent about fall…

Pizza

Take a Bite Out of Matthew’s Pizzeria—a Baltimore Institution Since 1943

If you live in Baltimore and follow Dave Portnoy’s Pizza Reviews, you might wish the Barstool Sports founder would make a visit to the city and take a bite of pizza at…

Jackets hanging with a tiger on the back

From Slinky Robes to Retro Housewares: A Day of Vintage Shopping in Frederick

The joy of finding something old and giving it new life is a delightful bonus of vintage and antique shopping. Tapping into characters and personalities of years gone by—not to mention the…

4 Underground Railroad Tours in MD That Spotlight the Bravery of Freedom Seekers

In 1849, Harriet Tubman liberated herself. Born into slavery about 27 years before on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, she heard rumblings that her enslavers planned to sell her, so she risked a severe…

Renn Fest Actors

Merriment Abounds at the Maryland Renaissance Festival

Huzzah! Noble Lords and Ladies, the Maryland Renaissance Festival hath returned! After closing in 2020 due to the pandemic, Crownsville’s Revel Grove kicked off the season on August 28. The Festival will…

Four Days of Family Adventure in Western Maryland

As a lifelong Marylander, it was surprising to realize I hadn’t spent much time exploring the western part of the state. Since we have been wanting to keep our travel local, it…

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A Jam Sandwich of a Playlist

As a life-long band geek, I have grown to appreciate a wide variety of music and the work it takes to make chords/lyrics into a jam. For me, driving is an activity…

Main Street Middletown

Experiences Abound in the Valley: Exploring Main Street Middletown, MD

Charming and friendly Middletown was founded in 1767, and modern-day visitors can enjoy family fun along with its fascinating history and bucolic setting. Its history is intertwined with that of the Revolutionary…

Celebrate Good Times Worth the Drive at These 5 Maryland Wedding Venues

Sandy beaches, stunning waterfront views, picturesque gardens and resort stays might sound out of reach if you’re planning a wedding close to home, but if you live in or around Maryland, you…

Lisa Hinton

The Women Behind Maryland’s Booming Wine Industry Part 2

Get to know three more female winemakers in our second installment of The Women Behind Maryland’s Booming Wine Industry. Read part one here! Lauren Zimmerman — Port of Leonardtown Winery Leonardtown, MD…

The Women Behind Maryland’s Booming Wine Industry: Part 1

I learned to drink wine in my twenties in the Napa Valley. Living in San Francisco, I took for granted the hundreds of wineries at my disposal within an hour drive and…

National Folk Festival in Salisbury

You’ll Totally “Fall” for These Exciting Autumn Events in Maryland

Summer in Maryland is absolutely a thrill. Beautiful beaches, exciting cities, and mountain views entice us all to go explore our state. But fall is really when Maryland’s vibrancy awakens. We’ve found…

Father and Son look at the beach

48 Hours of Free-Roaming Family Fun in Upper Shore, Maryland

If you’ve only visited Maryland’s Eastern Shore to go “downy ocean,” you’re missing out. The bucolic Upper Shore, including Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s counties, is a tapestry of rivers and farms.…

Sculpture in Middletown, Maryland

Artistic Vibes and Main Street Drives in Frederick County, Maryland

I’ve never organized my travel plans around a checklist—such as summiting the highest point in every state or making it to every national park—but I know many people who love this type…

Patapsco Distilling Company Drinks

The Brilliant Booze of Maryland (Part 6): Distilleries in the Baltimore ‘Burbs

It’s not just the city centers in Maryland that have become home to award-winning craft spirits. The cities and towns surrounding DC and Baltimore can be plumbed for your next craft quaff.…

Gather Gram-Worthy Blooms at These Sunflower Fields in Central Maryland

It’s no surprise sunflower fields have gained popularity throughout the years. When your Instagram feeds fill with rows upon rows of bright petals, you can’t help but feel the draw to experience…

Exciting Changes at Live! Casino & Hotel: A Sure Bet for a Good Time

Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland has undergone a stunning makeover. Nine years ago, the casino adjacent to Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover opened its doors for Marylanders to try their luck at…

Glen Echo Park: An Art Deco Oasis of Fun

Picture it: You live in the nation’s capital in the early twentieth century. It’s August, and the  heat and humidity are unbearable. You want to escape to the country for a hike,…

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Seas The Chance to Be Part Of The New Maryland Dove Construction

The whirr of electric tools and thwack of hammers sound from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s waterfront campus in St. Michaels as the museum’s shipwrights craft the components of a 17th-century type…

Dig This: 6 Things to Know for Prehistoric Play at Dinosaur Park in Laurel

My husband and I love to take our two young daughters on adventures. Sometimes those adventures make for the best days ever, and sometimes they fall flat. Kids are unpredictable, and going…

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48 Hours of Exploration in Charming Chesapeake City

Standing 240 feet tall, the tied-arch Chesapeake City Bridge towers over its namesake town, like an ever-present rainbow made of steel and concrete. The span carries cars over the Chesapeake & Delaware…

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The Road to Your Next Page Turner – 7 Independent Bookstores in Maryland

There is no doubt that books bind us together. What we read offers us new perspectives, entertainment, and the feeling that we are not alone. Independent bookstore owners suggest books with a…

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Road Tripping With My Husband — A Story of Compromise and Connection Along the Road

Road tripping with loved ones inevitably involves a series of negotiations — where to stop, what to listen to, how much to go above the speed limit, what should be the speed…

Three friends outside of Hub City Vinyl

Hub City Vinyl: An Art Deco-Inspired Record Store in Hagerstown

Hub City Vinyl is hard to miss. A prominent 20,000-square foot building painted mint green and pastel purple in art deco style, it’s a beacon to those passing through Hagerstown, Maryland. I…

Twin Valley Distillers

The Brilliant Booze of Maryland (Part 5): Distilleries Just Outside D.C.

Whether your travels take you into the District for business or pleasure, you can still scratch your craft spirits itch. Just as you’d expect from DC itself, the surrounding suburbs boast a…

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Hungry on the Trail? Here’s Where to Eat and Drink Along the C&O Canal

Back in the heyday of the C&O Canal, boats carrying every imaginable foodstuff were towed by mules up and down the man-made waterway. The canal was built specifically to enable the movement…

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Log Canoe Sailboat Races: A Thrilling Chesapeake Tradition

The pop of the starter’s gun sounded across the water to signal the start of the Miles River Yacht Club’s Centennial Cup 4th of July Series. I was among the approximately 20…

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The Tale of the Sail: Finding Your Adventure on the Chesapeake Bay

“You want me to hand you that rope?” An abrupt silence fell across the stern of the boat. All eyes turned to me like when a stranger enters a tavern in an…

Fun For Everyone in Havre de Grace

Legend has it that Havre de Grace got its moniker from an eighteenth-century French military officer currently enjoying an extended run on Broadway. Mais oui! The picturesque town perched on the banks…

Your Go-To Playlist for Summer Days on the Water

When you’re enjoying summer days on the water, whether it’s sharing a cold one with the boys on a Saturday float down the river, kicking back with dad as he teaches you…

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Get the Scoop on the 2021 Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail—oh, and to be named the 2021 Champion Trailblazer, of course.  From Western Maryland all the way to the Eastern…

Seeking Serenity: Exploring the Western Maryland Rail Trail

I can’t help it, I’m obsessed with being outdoors. Whether it’s hiking, kayaking, camping, or simply taking a long walk outside, being in nature has a way of soothing my soul. So…

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Build the Perfect Roadside Picnic With Goods From These Markets In Maryland

Do you hear that sound? The road is calling you to enjoy some outdoor fun across Maryland. Whether you decide to go for a hike, visit a park, or hit a drive-in…

Retro Charm Abounds At These Classic Duckpin Bowling Alleys

I stepped onto the glistening wood floor and retrieved a ball from the chrome ball return machine installed shortly before Kennedy was president. I tossed the grapefruit-sized ball in my hand as…

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It’s Kind of a Big Dill — A Pickle-Themed Party in Baltimore

Pickle pizza, pickle ice cream, pickle fried Oreos? Maybe these draw up memories of walking through a fair or carnival, where the delight was that vendors would fry almost anything and come…

A Vandweller’s Last Hurrah in Maryland

As someone born and raised in Maryland, I felt spoiled growing up having both beaches and mountains only a short drive away. It’s one of the things I love about this state,…

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Balloons, Ghost Tours, Jazz, and More: Summer Events in Maryland for All Ages

Summer in Maryland is already in full swing, with roadside stands serving up a classic egg custard snowball, families and friends gathering amidst a pile of crabs and Natty Bohs, and seagulls…

Snowballs — Baltimore’s Chilly and Sweet Summertime Treat

I’ve lived in the Baltimore area for over four years and have a confession to make… I’ve never had a true snowball before this summer. I’ve had snow cones before, and Rita’s…

The Brilliant Booze of Maryland (Part 4): Distilleries in Southern Maryland

As “Hot Vax Summer” moves into full swing, don’t just spend all your time at the beach and inhaling crab. Hit up these distilleries-on-the-bay that will ensure your next trip to Southern…

An Epicurean’s Delight in Downtown Frederick, Maryland

It’s Friday afternoon. You can feel it creeping up your back, like a bit of cracked glass sliding up your spine. You have to get the hell out of town. You’re hungering…

Maryland’s Bayside Jewels: Chesapeake Beach and North Beach

There’s nothing that a sunny day spent strolling on a boardwalk and eating on the deck of a waterfront café can’t cure. Located just under 30 miles south of Annapolis and 35…

2016 Union Mills Reenactment

Roads Pointed to Gettysburg: The Union Advance Through the Heart of Maryland

Running through the center of Maryland is hallowed ground – a term drawn from President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – where thousands of Civil War soldiers spilled blood, thus rendering it sacred.…

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Design Your Perfect Escape at Rocky Gap State Park

Sometimes we need that weekend getaway where we don’t have to drive too far or board an airplane. An escape that makes us feel like we’re far away, even if we’re close…

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Destination Drive-in: One Dad’s Quest to Pin Down the Magic Behind Car-Based Entertainment

My first drive-in movie is a surprisingly vivid memory considering it was roughly 30 years ago. I remember the neon glow of the sign, the sense of awe at the enormity of…

The “Drive Thru Burger” at Nepenthe Brewing Co. is inspired by McDonald’s Big Mac

Not So Fast, Food: Upscale Comfort Food in and Around Baltimore

We all have those days where KFC, Taco Bell, or McDonald’s just hit the spot. They’re the comfort foods we grew up with, and we can always count on them when we’re…

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Mallows Bay: Ride the Current to Ships of the Past

Maryland is defined by its waterways. The Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac and Susquehanna Rivers—even the man-made C&O Canal—are central to the lives and livelihoods of Marylanders. Then there’s the…

Sapwood Cellars Brewery with beer cans all lined up

2 Lakes + 3 Breweries = A Hoppy Day in Columbia, MD

Hikes and craft beer go together like Old Bay and blue crabs… except when your adventure partner is recovering from a sprained ankle. That’s when you hop to hops instead!  My wife,…

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A Bucolic Bike Ride Through Fair Hill NRMA

On a quest to broaden my biking horizons, I set off for the Fair Hill NRMA in Elkton, Maryland. It must’ve been my quixotic desire for adventure that led me to choose…

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Best Hidden Swimming Holes in Maryland

Hello, summer! Maryland’s diverse topography lends itself to the quintessential small-town summer experience: swimming holes. These quiet, secluded spots make a great place for your family and friends to spend the day.…

Multigenerational Family

Making Multigenerational Travel Memorable

Bringing Grandma and Grandpa along for vacation can be a win for everyone in the family. Mom and Dad have another set of grownups to pitch in (and maybe provide some much-needed…

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An Upbeat Playlist For A Hands-Up, Windows Down Drive

If you had to describe the ultimate landscape for driving with your windows down while listening to an upbeat playlist blaring, what would it be? For me, it’s lush, green countryside with…

The Brilliant Booze of Maryland (Part 3): Distilleries in Eastern Maryland

We’ve dug down into the distilling roots of Maryland and shown you the best and brightest distilling stars in Baltimore. Now it’s time to head down distilleries in Eastern Maryland state to…

Chestertown: A Charming Destination With Rich History on the Eastern Shore

Among the many alluring cities and small towns on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, few can match Chestertown’s unique mix of rebellious history, African American heritage, collegiate atmospherics, and window-shopping charms. A forty-minute drive…

Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD

The Ultimate Family Pit Stop: Playgrounds Near Major Maryland Roads

My husband and I used to take road trips around Maryland all the time. We’d often turn a trip to the beach or the mountains into an opportunity to explore small towns,…

An Ovenbird spotted in Western Maryland

Spring Birding in Western Maryland

Ask any birder and they’ll tell you: a good birdwatching trip is measured by two things — the birds they see and the food they eat. Our trip to Garrett County, Maryland…

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A Maryland Waterfalls Tour Along the Northern Chesapeake Bay

As a marine biologist dating a fly fisherman, you can imagine I spend nearly every weekend on or near water. From the rivers of Western Maryland to the marshes of the Eastern…

Family Road Travel Still Matters

My 11-year-old eyes had never seen mountains other than the rolling blues of the Blue Ridge, and they could hardly make sense of the snow-capped Rockies that loomed in front of the…

A Deep D(r)ive Into Maryland Horse Racing

Maryland’s ties to horse racing run deep. Racing’s association in the state, the Maryland Jockey Club, was founded in 1743, making it the oldest sporting organization in the United States. Save for…

Bulgogi kimbap at Kim Bob Na Ra

A Sweet and Spicy Dining Adventure Along Korean Way

Ellicott City, a historical suburb located in Howard County, is well known for its charming downtown. But Ellicott City is also home to “Korean Way,”  a five-mile stretch  of Route 40 filled…

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Ladew Topiary Gardens: The Real ‘Secret Garden’ of Harford County, MD

Imagine you are driving along busy Jarrettsville Pike among the verdant scenery of Harford County’s horse country, just 20 miles north of Baltimore, enjoying the warm breeze from your window and the…

Two kids standing within the sunked road

Uniting My Blended Family: A Day of Learning at Antietam National Battlefield

“Brother against brother” is a common term used to illustrate the often divided loyalties of families during the Civil War. This division was common in border states like Maryland, which claimed both…

Ollie, the author’s dog, on Sugarloaf Mountain

Wagging Tails and Wondrous Trails: Tips for Happy Hiking with Your Dog

Growing up in the wilds of Maine gave me an appreciation for the great outdoors that I brought with me to the mid-Atlantic. In my work as a photographer, specializing in nature…

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Encounter Treasures Untold at the Mermaid Museum in Berlin, MD

I’ve made the journey across the Bay Bridge many times — for summer vacations, day trips in early fall, and most recently, for a delicious diversion of Bloody Marys in the dead…

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What’s Your Speed? Activities for Every Pace in Howard County, Maryland

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie seeking your next outdoor adventure, or a family looking for a relaxing afternoon in the sun, the outdoors in Howard County are chock-full of fun things to…

6 Favorite Outdoor Brewery Venues in Maryland

The weather is finally changing, birds are chirping, and the sun is staying out longer; that’s right, spring has sprung. There’s nothing quite like grabbing a brew and soaking up the sunshine…

Taking a Ride on the Vegan Side in Baltimore

At the promise of a clear day with temperatures reaching the 60s, I decided it would be an opportune time to tempt my taste buds yet again with some road trip food…

Maryland Heights

Celebrate Maryland’s History and Heritage During National Park Week April 17-25

The National Park Service (NPS) joins forces with the National Park Foundation to celebrate national parks and programs across the country every year during the month of April. National Park Week is…

4 Things to Do in Maryland This Spring

One of my favorite parts of living in Maryland is getting to experience all four seasons, and spring is especially glorious. With temperatures hanging out in that perfect t-shirt-and-jeans territory, now is…

Two runners at Antietam Battlefield

Running Spots in Maryland Worth Driving For

One of the best ways to explore a new location is in running shoes. By logging miles in nearly every state in the country, I’ve gained access to areas often unreachable by…

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, courtesy of Shore Studios

Learn, Experience, and Taste the Legacy of Maryland’s Watermen

The Chesapeake Bay is the pride of Maryland. Who among us doesn’t love seafood pulled directly from its waters? But the bay doesn’t yield its catch easily. For centuries, watermen (and women)…

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Leaf Your Cares Behind on this Plant Lover’s Adventure through Maryland

Your social media feeds may be looking like a jungle lately. Maybe you’ve seen the declaration that “pets are the new children and plants are the new pets,” or you’ve been following…

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A Weekend Away With a Dash of Old Bay: 3 Bloody Mary Stops in Ocean City

Ocean City was always a big part of my childhood. My family made it our annual vacation spot each summer, but we never braved the cold Eastern Shore in its off-season. In…

Fly Fishing for Backcountry Brook Trout in Western Maryland

I cast my fly into the mountain stream. All was silent in the autumnal forest save for the mini waterfall that fed the living room-sized pool. As I dragged my fly (an…

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Westward Ho! on the C&O: a Canal Itinerary From Williamsport to Hancock

The warm spring air is beckoning you outside and it’s time to get reacquainted with nature. Although spring in Maryland is glorious everywhere, it is worth a trip to the western portion…

Lobster roll, yummie!

Nine Dishes to Delight Your Inner Foodie in Howard County

With a central location in the heart of our beloved state, Howard County, Maryland is not only a destination unto itself, but most roadtrippers driving to Baltimore, Washington DC, the Chesapeake Bay,…

Patterson Park Pagoda behind blooming cherry trees

The Patterson Park Pagoda: a Baltimore Icon With a View

If you’re driving through Baltimore at the corner of E. Pratt Street and S. Patterson Park Avenue at sunset, your eye might be drawn to the golden light playing across the stained…

Bottles lined un on a table with awards around the neck

The Brilliant Booze of Maryland (Part 2): Distilleries in Baltimore

Last month, in Part 1, we learned about how our state has always had one foot solidly planted in our nation’s distilling traditions. And while those storied distilleries have long since shuttered…

Gloria Richardson and protestors facing National Guard troops, Cambridge, Maryland, ca. 1963

Road Tripping Through Women’s History on the Eastern Shore

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” You’ve seen it on memes, shirts, and bumper stickers. When historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich coined this phrase, she wasn’t advocating mischief, but it does seem true that…

Our Favorite Spots Throughout the State to Celebrate Maryland Day

If you’re looking for a spot to celebrate Maryland Day, we’ve got you covered with some of our favorite places in Maryland! Before we introduce you to our list of things to…

Man riding on a bike on the OCMD Boardwalk

Beachside Thrills Even During Atlantic Chills

To say that I love Ocean City, Maryland would be the understatement of the century. I might be so bold as to say that Ocean City is my favorite place on the…

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Sounds of the Free State: Music by Maryland Artists

If there is one thing us Marylanders are known for, it is our pride for our state (and Old Bay of course)! March 25th is Maryland Day, so celebrate by taking a…

3 Actors standing outside in the sunlight in 17th Century Garb

History Comes Alive at St. Mary’s City, Maryland’s First Capital

History buffs, rejoice: you can be transported to the 1600s through a visit to St. Mary’s City. Located two hours south of Baltimore, the site of Maryland’s first capital has many layers…

War Correspondents Memorial

Cobblestone Streets Pave the Way for a Day of Discovery in Burkittsville

It’s a miracle I didn’t get pulled over last year. I was trying not to be late for a meeting with our realtor, so I hit the gas and set my focus…

Coffee, Crepes, and a Cat Cafe: The Purrfect Road Trip

On a cool February morning, I decided to grab my friend Corby (normally on the road with me to a concert) and go for the next best thing: a road trip to…

True Chesapeake Oyster Co.

Bay-Raised and Ready to Slurp: Oysters in Southern Maryland

In Maryland, when the days start to shorten and the letter R once again appears in the name of the month, it is time to treat your tastebuds to the sensual and…

From Spaghetti Pizza to Braised Oxtail: 6 Date Night Destinations

Looking to spice up your date nights? Whether you’re vacationing in Maryland, just driving through, or a long-time local, we’ve got you covered! We first met at a restaurant in Florida and…

Maryland Beer Company Flight

Craft Beer & Eats in Maryland’s Northeast

As avid food and beer enthusiasts and proud Marylanders, we’ve made it our mission to explore all the nooks and crannies of the state to see what it has to offer. We’ve…

Glenstone: Maryland’s Most Serene (and Hidden) Art Experience

My favorite museum is a 15-minute drive from my parents’ house in Potomac, Maryland, but until recently I didn’t know it was there. The first time I visited Glenstone was a little…

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The Road to Relaxation is Paved With Maryland Products

Hey, you (yes, you)! I see you there, feeling overworked and stressed out, your brain going a million miles a minute, your tense shoulders up to your ears, your to-do list a…