9 Points of Interest Between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Baltimore–Washington Parkway, Laurel, Maryland

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The Baltimore–Washington Parkway, also known as MD 295, is a 29-mile highway that runs southwest from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. The road begins at Russell Street in downtown Baltimore and continues southwest to an interchange with U.S. Route 50 and Maryland Route 201 near Cheverly in Prince George's County at the Washington border.

After crossing into Washington, the road becomes the Anacostia Freeway (I-295) and continues for eight miles until it connects with I-95 and the Capital Beltway (I-495). The northern section of the road is maintained by the Maryland State Highway Administration and is dedicated to Gladys Noon Spellman, a U.S. Congresswoman who represented the 5th congressional district of Maryland from 1975 to 1981.

Baltimore Washington International Airport

The airport is located off of I-195, at the northern end of the Baltimore Washington Parkway. It is about an hour's drive to downtown Washington. With approximately 90 destinations available from about 17 airlines, BWI offers travel options to visitors and residents.

Arundel Mills Mall

The outlet shopping mall features more than 200 stores including Kate Spade, Saks Fifth Avenue, Under Armour, and more. There is also a movie theatre and restaurants like Bobby's Burger Palace, Dave & Busters, Nando's, The Cheesecake Factory, and more.

Live! Casino & Hotel

Here you can find table games, poker, slot machines, and two High Limit Rooms. The hotel offers luxury accommodation, a spa, dining, and live entertainment at the R Bar and Lobby Bar. It's very close to the Arundel Mills Mall and is accessible via a walkway.

Goddard Space Flight Center

Located in Greenbelt, Maryland, the Goddard Space Flight Center is a major U.S. laboratory for developing and operating unmanned scientific spacecraft. The Visitor Center houses interactive exhibits and offers special programs and events that highlight Goddard's Earth and Space Science, engineering, and technology work.

Greenbelt Park

This park, managed by the National Park Service, offers hiking trails and a campground which is closed during the winter. There are a total of 174 camping sites and three picnicking areas.

Anacostia Park

This national park has shoreline access to the Anacostia River, a swimming pool, ball fields, trails, picnic facilities, and the Anacostia Park Pavilion with public space for roller skating and special events. One part of the park worth visiting in particular is the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, which is dedicated to water plants such as water lilies, water hyacinth, lotus, and bamboo.

National Arboretum

National Capitol Columns in the National Arboretum
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This Washington, D.C. attraction sprawls for 446 acres displaying a variety of trees, shrubs, and plants. It's one of the largest arboretums in the country. Exhibits include formal landscaped gardens, a grove of fantasy-like Gotelli Dwarf trees, an extensive bonsai collection, seasonal exhibits, aquatic plants, and more.

Fort Dupont Park

The 400-acre park is a popular place for picnics, nature walks, gardening, environmental education, music, skating, sports, and ranger-led Civil War programs. The parks sit on the site of an earthen fort, which used to protect Washington during the war and was a place of refuge for runaway slaves.

National Harbor

The mixed-use development is located along the Potomac River off of I-95, near the intersection of I-295 and the Capital Beltway (I-495). It is home to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, restaurants, retail stores, hotels, condominiums, a full-service marina, and commercial office space. You can also visit the MGM Resorts International Casino and try some great restaurants like the Crab Cake Café or the Redstone American Grill, which keeps its fire pits lit year-round.

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