Whether you're more of a history buff or a beach bunny, a Maryland vacation has something for you to love.
From the gentle waves lapping Ocean City's white sands to the rapids of the Potomac River as it cuts through the Blue Ridge Mountains, Maryland will whet your appetite and leave you hungry for more.
Soak up Maryland's rich history from the Colonial Period, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Experience the birthplace of The Star-Spangled Banner or retrace parts of the Underground Railroad. Soak up some of the state's rich culture with a visit to one of Baltimore's wonderful museums, such as the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center or the Lewis Museum of Art.
If soaking up the sun is more your style, spend some time on Ocean City's world-famous boardwalk, play a round on a championship golf course, or run the rapids of the Potomac River on a raft tour.
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Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop (Baltimore). This fun, cheery restaurant serves up delectable cannoli, gelato, tiramisu, cappuccino and other Italian favorites.
Bayside Skillet Crepe & Omelet (Ocean City). You can't go wrong at this locals' favorite for more than three decades. Here you'll enjoy Crepes Kathryn with fresh fruit and Creme Chantilly as you overlook the beautiful bay. Or try a satisfying cheeseburger or crab and cheese club sandwich.
Jug Bridge Seafood (Frederick). Whether your taste for seafood leads you to the homemade crab soup, the Oysters Rockefeller, the crab cake sandwiches or a big plate of steamed crab, you won't leave hungry from this Maryland mainstay. Finish it off with a bucket of beer or a glass of Chardonnay.
The Boardwalk (Ocean City). There's no need to venture far beyond your beach towel for a good time in Ocean City. This famous stretch of fun in the sand features 3 miles of shops, arcades, restaurants and rides to explore as you stroll along the Atlantic Ocean.
The Atlantic Ocean. Bay and ocean fishing off the shores of Ocean City offer wonderful opportunities for anglers of all ages and skill levels. You can find founder, trout and seabass in the bay. Or you can reserve your spot on a boat and drop a line for tuna, mahi-mahi and marlin.
The Potomac River. Take in the rich history of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia from the river's view. Whether you want to work your canoeing skills or sit back and enjoy the ride on a guided raft, you can drink in this area's colonial, Revolutionary War and Civil War heritage with Harpers Ferry National Park, Antietam Battlefield and the C&O Canal National Park close by. River & Trail Outfitters has been running rafting trips at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, for 37 years. Recommended for age 8 and older.
Maryland Science Center (Baltimore). This museum features a multitude of hands-on activities to boost children's interest in math and science. An onsite IMAX theatre shows nature documentaries as well as first-run 3D films. The Davis Planetarium brings the night sky to life.
Fenwick Island Lighthouse. This famous Delaware landmark provides the perfect photo opportunity, as well as a look in to the history of ship navigation over the past 150 years. The lighthouse is open for tours May through October.
African American Schoolhouse Museum (Worton). This one-room schoolhouse, built in 1890, houses a display of 19th and early 20th Century photographs, oral histories and artifacts from Kent County's African-American Community. Open by appointment only. Call 410.810.1416.
The Gallery at Harborplace (Baltimore). This spacious mall on the waterfront mixes beauty with pleasure. Shop at favorites such as Bath & Body Works and Victoria's Secret, dine at The Cheesecake Factory or just grab an ice cream cone and sit on the steps watching the lights dance on the water.