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MGM National Harbor
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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center
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"The Pool"
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Blackwater Maryland

Plan your 2017 Maryland adventure, from historical experiences, to outdoor adventures, festivals, and places for cutting-edge gaming, see what new adventures you'll have this year in Maryland. And check out our 
12 amazing, only-in-Maryland adventures to make your 2017 something extra special. 

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1 MGM National Harbor Casino Opening

With the opening of the MGM National Harbor Casino, just minutes from Washington, D.C., Maryland cements its reputation as a world-class gaming destination. With amazing shopping and dining, top-notch table games and high-tech slots, plus activities in National Harbor, a 28-story luxury hotel and spa, and a 3,000-seat theater, it’ll leave you saying, “Vegas who?”


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
7100 Oxon Hill Rd
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
844-346-4664


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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park

2 Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Opening

For a truly unforgettable adventure, steep yourself in the landscape of “The Moses of Her People” and American hero, Harriet Tubman. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center is slated to open in March 2017, joining the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park as important touchstones for those looking to better understand the life and work of this remarkable woman who dedicated her life to the service of freedom.

Blackwater Refuge offers land trails, paddling trails, exceptional bird and wildlife viewing, as well as hunting, fishing and crabbing opportunities in season. Several local outfitters offer canoe, kayak or bicycle rentals.

3 New Trails in State & National Parks

With 52 state parks and 29 national park sites, cyclists and horseback riders know Maryland is where it’s at, but 2017 brings some great new options for free-wheeling fun. Garrett County has cut the ribbon on new trails designed to revolutionize the area’s outdoor experience. Cyclists will be stoked to find five new miles of challenging single-track, adding to Deep Creek Lake State Park’s already impressive trail network. On the Eastern Shore, the trails linking Tuckahoe State Park and the Adkins Arboretum create a network with miles of options for hiking, biking and riding. And we haven’t forgotten birders. A key link in the Great Atlantic Flyway, Hart-Miller Island State Park joins Blackwater Wildlife Refuge as an absolute must for every birder’s bucket list. Accessible only by boat, Hart-Miller Island sports a beautiful sandy beach, and it’s also a unique campsite sure to thrill any outdoors enthusiast.

Children and Art Photo By: LightCity.org

4 Light City Baltimore

If your tastes run more to the brilliant glow of the big city, Light City Baltimore is where you’ll want to be. This one-of-a-kind festival turns the waters and walkways of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor into a glittering canvas of illuminated art. Light City was such a hit last year, this springtime bookend to the city’s famous Artscape has been expanded to nine amazing nights, so make your plans now.


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Events


Location:
Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-752-8632


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Guitarist playing the Blues Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

5 More Inspiration??

If you are looking for more ways to make 2017 unforgettable - why not make a resolution to explore Maryland this New Year? Here are 12 amazing, only-in-Maryland adventures to make your 2017 something extra special.
 

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Location:
7100 Oxon Hill Rd
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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Location:
Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD 21202
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