More in Maryland
Looking for more trips that are less than a tank of gas away? Then head south and discover what's happening in Maryland.
Set between Philadelphia and Baltimore on I-95, Cecil County offers vibrant small towns, 200 miles of waterfront, foodie destinations and scenic countryside perfect for adventures and memory making.
Experience fabulous dishes with a Chesapeake Bay flair at award-winning local restaurants. Try local beer and wine, baked goods, homemade ice cream on the farm, coffee shops, farm stands, milkshake masterpieces, an old-fashioned candy store and more.
Hike or bike 100 miles of scenic trails at State Parks and Town Parks, great for nature lovers and bird watchers. Book a tour-boat ride, cast a fishing line, rent a boat or explore waterways on a kayak or stand-up paddle board. Make furry friends at the Plumpton Park Zoo, enjoy fun at the orchard or camp under the stars. At the end of the day, catch a beautiful sunset as it bursts across the horizon.
Explore unique historic downtowns. Hear the echo-o-o of your voice in a covered bridge, or step back in time at Mt. Harmon Plantation & Nature Preserve at Worlds End. Walk a trail out to 1833 Turkey Point Lighthouse to experience the magnificent view from a cliff overlooking the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. SeeCecil.org.
Prince George’s County
Prince George’s County offers much more than a convenient place to stay when visiting Washington, D.C. (although it’s just a Metro ride from the Capital).
Thrill seekers will head for the Six Flags America theme park where seven world-class rollercoasters, kids’ favorite character rides, games, shows and the Hurricane Harbor waterpark make everyone feel like a kid again.
Another highlight is the National Harbor area along the Potomac River. This vibrant waterfront district features great places to dine, shop and have fun. Popular activities include motorboat rentals, kayaking, water taxis and boating. Stellar hotels, entertainment and one of the best casinos on the East Coast are located here. And Tanger Outlet’s 88 stores offer plenty of retail therapy.
Sports fans will enjoy playing golf at Topgolf — a fun space great for groups to show off their best swing. Or catch a Bowie Baysox baseball game at Prince George’s Stadium. They play the Richmond Flying Squirrels on July 1.
For a more laid-back experience, tour the Legacy Wine Trail featuring several family-owned vineyards. Cool breezes from the Patuxent and Chesapeake Rivers combine with sandy soil to impart a special terroir to wines grown in an area once known for tobacco. The lush countryside is also ideal for horseback riding and horse-drawn carriage tours.
More, including the hip area of Hyattsville featuring the Gateway Arts District, at ExperiencePrinceGeorges.com.
Annapolis in Anne Arundel County
Accolades abound for Annapolis, Maryland state capital and home to the U.S. Naval Academy. Named for Princess Anne (later Queen) in 1695, this “museum without walls” is brimming with history at every turn. Visit the Museum of Historic Annapolis, just steps from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, for stories of revolutionaries, visionaries and champions of liberty.
The winding, brick-paved streets filled with unique boutiques and one-of-a-kind restaurants earned Annapolis a feature on Travel Mag’s list of “Most Charming Cities in the USA.” Wander around the lively harbor where you can catch a sunset sail or a memorable meal of fresh seafood. Think oysters, blue crabs and Old Bay seasoning.
Catch the low-key Annapolis Trolley Tours, come for the July 4th parade and fireworks, wander through South County and sip and stroll through a vineyard, or head to the top shopping destination in the state — Arundel Mills, with 225 outlet retailers, a Live! Casino and much more. Learn more at VisitAnnapolis.org.
Our Favorite Resources
- Berkshire Hathaway Holly Gross
- Cecil County Tourism
- Chester County Community Foundation
- Chester County Hospital, Penn Med
- Delaware Museum of Natural History
- Key Financial, Inc.
- King Construction
- Sage Life
- Sugarbridge Kitchen & Bath
- SV Dental
- Thorncroft Equestrian Center
- Tim Vaughan
- Welcome Neighbor
- West Chester BID
- Walter J. Cook