why should i visit maryland

Top 15 Maryland Attractions

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 the wonderful scenery and outdoor activities as well as visit museums, historic sites, and cultural events.

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.

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, MECU (Pier Six) Pavilion, and Horseshoe Casino.

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.

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, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland. Walking or bicycling along the towpath, you can view original structures including locks, lockhouses, and aqueducts.

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.

Live! Casino & Hotel

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Live! Casino & Hotel

Located halfway between Baltimore and Washington D.C., the casino (formerly known as Maryland Live! 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.

Six Flags America

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Six Flags America

Six Flags America is the largest attraction for kids in the state of Maryland featuring more than 50 rides, shows, and the area’s largest water park. The amusement park is a big attraction for all ages with more than 10 roller coasters with names like The Wild One, The JOKER’s Jinx, The Mind Eraser 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 Prop Warehouse, where they can meet Bugs Bunny. The park is open April through October.

Maryland features many public parks with stone stairways leading to the tops of mountains, the NASA Goddard visitor center, Japanese gardens and more.