Although Maryland is a small state, it packs a big punch of attractions and sights. Travelers love its combination of cities, coastline, and inland areas. It’s worth spending the night to explore, and these great areas will help you start planning a great trip.
HISTORY ON THE MARINA IN ANNAPOLIS
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Annapolis’ harbor is the best place to begin a visit to the state capital. Along the waterfront, you’ll find brick lined streets paved with historical buildings dating as far back as the 17th century. Tourists can spend their day eating, drinking, and shopping without fail, but to feel the true spirit of this city, you have to get on the water. If you don’t have your own boat, join a cruise leaving from Annapolis hotels. Several operate with themed experiences, like having lunch onboard or viewing the sunset. Since Annapolis is the United States’ sailing capital, it’s a must-add item to your travel list.
LIFE ON THE EASTERN SHORE
In a region of Maryland not often visited by travelers, Salisbury is one of those towns that will instantly make you feel at home. Join locals as they go boating and fishing on the Wicomico River or take the half hour drive to the Chesapeake Bay for crabbing and other activities. For something unusual, be sure to visit the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art during your stay to see the world’s largest collection of wildfowl carvings. Hotels in Salisbury offer great value, like the Residence Inn by Marriott Salisbury where suites set up for long-term stays are as low as $105 per night.
FROM BOARDWALK TO NATURE
Ocean City, Maryland is so much more than a beach with a boardwalk. Families arrive with plans of eating ice cream cones and playing carnival games, but leave with a greater appreciation of the natural setting of the area. Sunsets here are superb and wind conditions are just right for flying kites. However, the star of the area is Assateague National Seashore and the adjoining state park. Find uninhabited beaches with wild ponies, birding opportunities, and seashells scattered along the shore. Plan on including a great hike or bike ride before cleaning up at Ocean City hotels and heading out for a seafood dinner.
URBAN DELIGHTS IN BALTIMORE
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Baltimore’s inner harbor draws travelers, and for good reason: the National Aquarium and other museums are exemplary. That said, many people never leave the harbor area and miss out on a lot of what makes Baltimore special. Head east to Fell’s Point to take advantage of the city’s best restaurants and pubs or plan a meal in Little Italy. Check out Charles North for the best of city arts districts and don’t miss the Mount Vernon neighborhood. Photographers love it here, and it’s also a great place to just soak up the atmosphere. Hotels in Baltimore are available in each of these areas, letting you pick the location that works best for your travel plans.
This post was originally published on The Girl and Globe.