A perfect blend of energetic cities and relaxing outdoor activities make Maryland ideal for exploration.

With the beautiful Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Coast beaches, Maryland boasts plenty of outdoor charms. From picturesque towns like St. Michaels to the gorgeous beaches and roaming wild horses of Assateague Island, Maryland’s Eastern Shore is full of surprises.

The big city of Baltimore and Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, are filled with restaurants, museums and even more opportunities for fun on the water. Key experiences here include sailing, boating and, of course, enjoying the Old Line State’s signature blue crabs.

Getting Around

Get a feel for Maryland by viewing the map below. MARC trains provide commuter rail service via three lines and 42 stations, including new weekend service between Baltimore and Washington, DC on the Penn Line.

Annual Events

Billed as America’s first large-scale festival of art, music and innovation, Brilliant Baltimore reimagines the city’s waterfront into a premier cultural destination with awe-inspiring art installations, performances, concerts, a fun-filled family zone and special moments including an opening night parade and a closing night fireworks finale.

For two days, a variety of aircraft — including the US Navy’s elite jet demonstration team, the Blue Angels — rumble over Ocean City, performing thrilling aerial feats during the OC Air Show.

Celebrate the rich naval traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and the contributions of Marylanders to the defence of the country during Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore. Activities around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor include ship tours, a festival, live music and more.

The Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival in July offers three days of soulful fun in Colton’s Point. The weekend features concerts, some of Maryland’s best signature foods and gorgeous waterside views. 

Head down to Paint Annapolis in summer, a plein-air painting competition of colonial architecture and maritime scenes that depict the state’s capital city. 

For one day in May, suds-lovers descend on Frederick for the Maryland Craft Beer Festival, which features tastings from more than 50 Maryland breweries. In the autumn season, you can taste craft beers from more than 60 Maryland breweries during the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival in Canton Waterfront Park. 

If you’re more of a vino buff, come September you can pair a variety of wines from across the state with live music, arts and crafts, and locally made cheeses at The Maryland Wine Festival in Westminster.

Classic American fun comes to Timonium each summer with rides, concessions (think peach sundaes and crab patties) and baby animals at the Maryland State Fair.

Downtown Salisbury is home to the National Folk Festival, the country’s oldest multicultural traditional arts celebration. Enjoy continuous music on seven stages, crafts, parades and folk-life demonstrations, all for no admission cost. 

Hosted in August, the Annapolis Crab Feast is your chance to dig into an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of the state’s culinary crown jewel.

What’s New in Maryland

The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park opened after being under renovation for most of 2020 and now touts a state-of-the-art, high-touch gallery showcasing exhibits on bay health, oyster-driven economy and Annapolis waters. 

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Williamsport has a new headquarters and in 2021, celebrates its 50th anniversary of being a designated national park.

In Cumberland, you can now travel the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad on the world’s largest in-service compound-articulated steam engine. 

While upgrades to the historic turf track at Fair Hill are being completed, the 86th running of the Fair Hill steeplechase will be held at Laurel Park in Cecil County.

To explore the rest of the Capital Region, visit our Washington, DC and Virginia pages, or view our Holiday Guide online for more travel ideas.

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