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Best Places to Visit in Maryland
Maryland offers a wide variety of attractions and things to do with its landscape extending from the seashore (the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean) to the mountains (the Appalachians) to urban areas (Baltimore and the Washington DC suburbs). In one day you can enjoy wonderful scenery and outdoor activities as well as visit museums, historic sites, and cultural events.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Maryland Eastern Shore
The "Eastern Shore", the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay, is Maryland's most popular attraction. The region is characterized by historic towns, beaches and beautiful natural areas that draw a crowd during the summer months. Visit Chestertown, St. Michaels, Cambridge, Ocean City or Assateague Island. Each town has its own unique character and is well worth a visit. For more information, see a Visitor's Guide to the Maryland Eastern Shore.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Baltimore Inner Harbor
Baltimore is a fun place to spend the day—walk along the docks, shop, eat and watch people. It is the largest city in the state of Maryland and the Inner Harbor is a prime destination for all ages with world-class attractions including the National Aquarium, Camden Yards, Port Discovery, Baltimore's Historic Ships, Maryland Science Center, Pier Six Pavilion, and Horseshoe Casino. To learn more, see the Top 10 Things to Do in Baltimore.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Annapolis City Dock
Enjoy shopping, dining and the beautiful scenery of the state capital of Maryland and the sailing capital of America. Take a sightseeing cruise or walking tour and learn about the history of this beautiful seaport. Annapolis is the home of the United States Naval Academy and St. John's College, the third oldest institution of higher education in the United States. To learn more about the area, see a Visitor's Guide to Annapolis.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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C & O Canal National Historic Park
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (C & O Canal) is a national historic park that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The 184.5-mile towpath extends from Georgetown in Washington, DC to Cumberland, Maryland. Walking or bicycling along the towpath, you can view original structures including locks, lockhouses, and aqueducts. Read more about Exploring the C & O Canal.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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Deep Creek Lake
Deep Creek Lake is one of the top getaway destinations in the state of Maryland. Mountains, rivers, and lakes offer a wide selection of activities from active outdoor adventures to just plain relaxing. Enjoy hiking, bicycling, picnicking, boating, fishing, camping, swimming, and horseback riding in warmer weather and skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling during the winter months. For more information, see a Visitor's Guide to Deep Creek Lake.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Maryland Live Casino
Located halfway between Baltimore and Washington DC, the casino features Las Vegas-style slot machines and electronic table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, Mini-Baccarat, and Pai Gow Poker. The $500 million gaming destination offers a variety of dining options and live entertainment. Read more about Maryland Live Casino.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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Six Flags America
Six Flags America is the largest attraction for kids in the state of Maryland featuring more than 100 rides, shows, and the area's largest water park. The amusement park is a big attraction for all ages with 10 roller coasters with names like Wild One, Joker’s Jinx and Superman Ride of Steel. The show lineup includes an internationally awarded stunt show that is entertaining for all and younger kids enjoy the Looney Tunes Movie Town, where they can meet Bugs Bunny. The park is open April through October. Read more about Six Flags America.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Strathmore Music Center
The 2,000 seat state-of-the-art concert hall, brings world-class performances and arts education to Montgomery County, Maryland. Strathmore holds performances by major national artists including folk, blues, pop, jazz, show tunes, and classical music. Concerts and children's performances are held outdoors on the lawn during the summer months. AMP by Strathmore, a performance and event space within Pike & Rose, opened in 2015 featuring a 250-seat music venue for additional performances. Read more about Strathmore.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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The 50-acre award winning garden is one of Montgomery County, Maryland's top attractions including an aquatic garden, azalea garden, butterfly garden, rose garden, children's garden, formal garden, fragrance garden, Japanese style garden, and trial garden. Brookside Gardens offers a variety of educational programs for adults and children. Read more about Brookside Gardens.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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The 300-acre waterfront destination along the Potomac River is a $2.1 billion mixed-use community in Prince George's County, Maryland that includes hotels, restaurants, retail stores, condominiums, a full-service marina, a convention center, and commercial office space. National Harbor is a great place to shop, dine and play. Read more about National Harbor.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Merriweather Post Pavilion
The outdoor concert venue is nestled within the 40 preserved acres known as Symphony Woods in Columbia, Maryland conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington, DC. A wide range of musical performances are held April through September. Read more about Merriweather Post Pavilion.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Historic Ellicott City
During the late 1700s, Ellicott's Mills was the largest flour milling center in the region. Today, the quaint town in Howard County, Maryland is a fun place to visit and is known for its historic charm as well as a nice selection of antique and specialty shops and unique restaurants and cafes. For more information, see a Visitor's Guide to Ellicott City.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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Maryland's diverse geography from the Appalachian Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay to marshland on the Eastern Shore to the Atlantic Ocean make it a fun place to explore. The state has a wonderful variety of parks that offer endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Enjoy activities such as hiking, bicycling, picnicking, boating, fishing, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding and much more. See a guide to Maryland's Best Parks.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center
The American Film Institute (AFI), located in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, is America's national arts organization dedicated to advancing and preserving the art of film, television, and digital media. Events include filmmaker interviews, panels, discussions, musical performances and more. Read more about the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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NASA Goddard Visitor Center
The Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland offers many unique programs, special events and presentations that highlight Goddard's Earth and Space Science, engineering, and technology work. Exhibits include interactive displays and models, as well as real examples of satellites and rocket flight hardware. Closed Sunday and Monday. Read more about the NASA Goddard Visitor Center.