Maryland

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, and visit this interactive map for a look at attractions, restaurants and shops in specific cities and regions.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

What’s New in Maryland

Dedicated to the ideals of religious freedom and tolerance, Hagerstown’s Thomas Kennedy Center memorialises the eponymous state legislator and his legacy of advancing inclusiveness in the 19th century.

As of summer 2019, Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s Chesapeake & Ohio steam locomotive #1309 is back in service for excursions departing from the Cumberland Depot.

Baltimore’s Broadway Market returned in 2019 with a mix of previous and new vendors. Originally established in 1786, a full renovation added a central outdoor patio and more stalls, amongst other upgrades.

In 2021, look for Great Wolf Lodge — a hybrid waterpark and resort — to make a splash 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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