Maryland Travel Guide

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Maryland is one of the most diverse states in the U.S., known for its range of elements such as mountains, forests, and plenty of coastal area. It has earned the nickname over the years of “America in Miniature” due to the fact that the state has a little bit of everything, all wrapped up into one area. The state is broken down into five regions that are distinctly different from one another, and depending on the Maryland you want to experience, depends on where you head for your vacation or exploration trip.

The capital region of the state is made up of mostly suburbs of Washington D.C., while the central region of the state holds Baltimore and Annapolis, two of the main cities. The eastern shore of the state is home to Chesapeake lowlands and the beach resort of Ocean City, while the southern section encompasses the Chesapeake Bay and all the historic background and natural beauty that go along with it. The western portions of the state are largely mountainous, with part of the Appalachian Trail running through it.

There are a wide variety of opportunities to experience in Maryland. The Appalachian Trail is known for being one of the best hiking trails in the nation, and the Assateague Island National Seashore is an amazing national park along the coast. Chesapeake Bay offers a unique look at some of the most beautiful coastlines in America, and is world- renowned for its bed and breakfasts and island communities. Although the Bay is a poignant look at what overfishing and pollution can do to a region, it is still the world’s third largest estuary, and simply stunning in scope.

Blue Crabs are par for the coarse when in the state, as they are fished from the Chesapeake Bay, and the food here is decidedly sea-oriented. There are also over 350 biotechnology firms in the state as well, giving yet another reason to explore the region.

Baltimore #1 most popular location
Baltimore hits a happy medium between the hectic frigidity of the Northeast and the lazy mugginess of the South. It has a homey, blue-collar atmosphere, much like Philadelphia or Boston, tha…
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Ocean City #2 most popular location
A nice beach town to visit on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It is has a two mile long boardwalk to enjoy the various shops and food eateries. Assateague Island is nearby as well as all of the De…
25travelers 11reviews 5blogs
Annapolis #3 most popular location
Annapolis, Maryland USA is located on the west side of the Chesapeake Bay between the Severn River and the South River, almost center of the state, if the state was a square, which it is defi…
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Linthicum #4 most popular location
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Hagerstown #5 most popular location
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National Harbor #6 most popular location
The National Harbor is a new and expansive 300 acre development off the Potomac River. It has been here since 2008. This urban waterfront community hosts hotels, residental buildings, a mar…
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Rockville #7 most popular location
Rockville's 1 hour from DC by the Metro. There's a good movie theatre and an assortment of restaurants. You can see the old East Coast feel in the aging neighborhoods, but they retain their b…
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Frederick #8 most popular location
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Laurel #9 most popular location
Laurel, Maryland is located along the banks of the Patuxent River between Washington D.C. and Baltimore Maryland in Prince Georges County, one of twenty three counties in Maryland. Laurel w…
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Silver Spring #10 most popular location
Though Silver Spring is a large suburban city, its downtown area is moderately sized and lies directly to the north of Washington, D. C. A decade ago this area was dilapidated, but in the pa…
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Salisbury #11 most popular location
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Columbia #12 most popular location
Columbia is a planned community in Howard County that sits roughly halfway between the cities of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Established in 1967 by the developer James Rouse, who also ove…
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Hanover #13 most popular location
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Bethesda #14 most popular location
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Gaithersburg #15 most popular location
Fourth largest city in Maryland. Located just outside of Washington D.C. It was orginally called Log Town later being changed to Gaithersburg.
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Waldorf #16 most popular location
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Aberdeen #17 most popular location
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College Park #18 most popular location
College Park is an incorporated city in Prince George's County in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Officially established in 1945, the community grew up around the old Maryland Agricultural C…
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Lexington Park #19 most popular location
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Bowie #20 most popular location
Bowie has grown from a small railroad town to become Maryland’s fifth largest city by population, and third largest city by area. It features a number of historical mansions and houses. Old…
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Saint Michaels #21 most popular location
Saint Michaels is a quaint historic village on the Chesapeake Bay. Known by historians for outwitting the British during a failed invasion, Saint Michaels is best known by locals and visitors…
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Elkton #22 most popular location
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Glen Burnie #23 most popular location
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Greenbelt #24 most popular location
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Solomons #25 most popular location
Solomons became an official town in 1870 when its first post office opened. In the following years, it became the industrial center of Calvert County. Shipbuilding and seafood harvesting cr…
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Towson #26 most popular location
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Oxon Hill #27 most popular location
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Cumberland #28 most popular location
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Clinton #29 most popular location
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Grasonville #30 most popular location
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Chesapeake Beach #31 most popular location
Located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Beach offers an outdoor waterpark, a small railroad museum, a boardwalk connected to a beach, several specialty shops including …
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Emmitsburg #32 most popular location
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Great Falls #33 most popular location
Ellicott City #34 most popular location
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Takoma Park #35 most popular location
Takoma Park....a town recalling of its former glory days that reminisce upon the hippie movement of the 1960's and '70's with Sears and Roebuck style wooden Victorian houses lining her street…
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Pocomoke City #36 most popular location
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Fort Washington #37 most popular location
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Assateague Island #38 most popular location
Assateague Island National Seashore is located just a few miles south of Ocean City, Maryland. The Island is very narrow with inland pine forest, salt marshes and 37 miles of Atlantic Ocean…
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Hyattsville #39 most popular location
Hyattsville is a rapidly up-and-coming area of Maryland, located less than 2 miles from the Washington, DC border. The city has invested heavily in building its downtown area into an artsy pl…
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Prince Frederick #40 most popular location
The county seat of Calvert County since the 1700's, Prince Frederick is actually not the largest incorporated town in the county (it's not even an incorporated town!). Although old, it has f…
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Landover #41 most popular location
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North Beach #42 most popular location
One of only two incorporated towns in Calvert County, North Beach is a waterfront community. Visitors can enjoy walking along a half-mile long boardwalk; on clear days the Eastern Shore is v…
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Sharpsburg #43 most popular location
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Oakland #44 most popular location
Oakland is a charming small town nestled in the mountainous far-western side of the state, in Garrett County.
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Beltsville #45 most popular location
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Grantsville #46 most popular location
Severna Park #47 most popular location
Severna Park, Maryland, USA is your basic American suburb. Homes, schools, stores, restaurants, and shopping centers. Severna Park is located between the Severn and Magothy Rivers and is onl…
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Fells Point #48 most popular location
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Deale #49 most popular location
Leonardtown #50 most popular location
Leonardtown, named for Benedict Leonard Calvert is the County Seat of St. Mary's County. St. Mary's is the Mother County of Maryland - the first English settlers in Maryland landed near here…
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