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Five Interesting Places to See When Visiting Maryland

Updated on January 2, 2013

Five Interestesting Places Maryland has to offer

Maryland is one of the original 13 colonies and was also established as the first Catholic colony in the New World. With such a rich history it's not surprising that Maryland has a lot to offer folks when visiting our lovely state.

5 Interesting places to visit in Maryland

Maryland is a small state with a huge amount of history and diversity. Because it borders the Northern and Eastern sides of Washington, DC it is home many of the most powerful and richest people in the Country. Yet you can drive an hour West and you will find yourself in the Blue Ridge Mountains home to Camp David, Cactoctin Mountain State Park the Appalachian Trail. Go East one Hour and you will be in Annapolis on the Chesapeake Bay ready to catch some blue crabs. Head across the Bay Bridge to the Eastern Shore and in two hours time you will be on the Beach looking across the Atlantic Ocean in Ocean City. I didn't even mention the fact that if you drive an hour North from DC and you will be in Baltimore, Maryland, a wonderful vibrant major city with tons history and things to see and do. As a native Marylander I know how awesome my state is but for the average tourist Maryland may only mean going to visit Washington, DC. So here are my picks of some interesting and fun places to visit in my beautiful state.

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Maryland Destination Number One Cacotin Mountain Park - Catoctin Mountain National Park

Catoctin Mountain National Park
Catoctin Mountain National Park

Catoctin Mountain Park was one of my favorite places to visit growing up. There are tons of hiking trails, a lake that you can go swimming in, and tons of places to camp and picnic. Also the President's Retreat Camp David is there as well, but it is under very tight security and no visitors allowed. I have a close relative who worked for Camp David over 30 years,and we were never able to even get a sneek peek. Even when the President wasn't around. If you happen to visit about the 2nd weekend in October you will be able to attend Octoberfest which is a huge Arts and Crafts festival. There are hundreds and hundreds of crafters, food vendors, and kiddie rides. We always try to get there every year because it's so much fun.

Maryland Destination Number 2 Annapolis

Annapolis
Annapolis

Annapolis is not only our state capital but it is also home to the Naval Academy. Located right off the Chesapeake Bay on the Severn River Annapolis offers great places to shop, eat, and tour. Checking out the Naval Academy is a must. Make sure to visit the Grave of John Paul Jones the founder of the American Navy is under the Chapel. It used to be guarded by Marines all the time but after 9/11 and start of the war on terrorism the Marines were removed from Guarding the Naval Academy. It's so sad to see a 150 year tradition end. Then after your visit to the Naval Academy, make sure you check out all the great shops and restaurants on the waterfront, You can also visit the state capital too.

Maryland Destination Number 3 Ocean City Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland
Ocean City, Maryland

What can I say about Ocean City, well it's just plain fun! I spent many a summer on the Beach in Ocean City and playing on the Boardwalk and tanning or burning as the case may be on the Beach. However, Ocean City can be fun year round. We took our boys "down on the ocean" in February and had a blast beach combing, and the boardwalk opens up the last weekend in February pending bad weather. Of course during the summer the options are endless.

Maryland Destination Number 4 Baltimore

Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Baltimore's Inner Harbor

I may be a bit prejudice because I live right near Baltimore but it really is one of my favorite cities I've visited in the US. The city has so much to offer, It's diamond gem is the Inner Harbor that hosts many events and attractions throughout the year. When you visit you will want to make sure to see the National Aquarium a cornerstone of the the Inner Harbor. On the other side of the harbor is the Maryland Science Center, and the American Visionary Museum, There is also Port Discovery for kids, and the Power Plant is host to some great restaurants including Phillips Seafood and Hard Rock Cafe. Fells Point at the top end of the harbor has lots of great little shops and pubs along with some great restaurants in Little Italy. You can visit the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Gallery for Free. If you are into literature or like the spooky and macabre, visit the grave of Edgar Allen Poe and tour the house where he lived.Also make sure to check out Fort McHenry. It is part of the National Park Service and is the Historical site where Francis Scott Key watched the battle on Baltimore in the war of 1812 and was moved to write what became our National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.

Maryland Destination Number 5 Deep Creek Lake

Located in the pan handle of Western Maryland Deep Creek Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Maryland with over 65 miles of shoreline. It is absolutely beautiful whether it's Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall. And there is year round fun, whether is boating, fishing, and swimming during the summer, or skiing in the Winter. You will always find something fun and wonderful to do there. During the Fall there is a old fashioned Train ride you can take from Cumberland to Frostburg and see all the amazing fall colors along the way. In the winter there is a train ride you can take to visit Santa and have Cocoa on your ride like the Polar Express.

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      ArtzeeChris LM 4 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Yes definitely a wonderful place to visit! If the president is having a summit you never know who you might see at the Cozy Restaurant in Thurmont! thanks for visiting

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      All of the featured destinations look like great places to visit, especially the Catoctin Mountain National Park.

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      ArtzeeChris LM 4 years ago

      @Cari Kay 11: Hi Kay thanks for stopping by, It really is a great place, definitely check it out if you ever get the chance. They also have a really great zoo, it's privately owned, not part of the National Park Service but well worth checking out. I like it because it's smaller than the National Zoo or the Maryland Zoo, and you can take your time to see all the animals!

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      Kay 4 years ago

      I think Catoctin Mountain National Park sounds wonderful!

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      ArtzeeChris LM 4 years ago

      @poldepc lm: Hope you have a good time when you come to visit! thanks for checking out my Lens!

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      we do hear a lot about Maryland; so I have to write it down on my to-travel-list...:)