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DESTINATION MARYLAND The Official Guide To Maryland State Travel
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Maryland Scenic Byways 

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Woods photo with stream  Mountain Maryland
It’s a pleasant surprise that Maryland, so famous for its seashore and smooth sailing, also has a wild side characterized by rugged mountain trails and rushing river waters. More info...
Photo of Western Maryland Scenic Railroad 

Historic National Road
In the 1800s, thousands of settlers crossed the Appalachian Mountain and headed west on the dirt, macadam and cobblestone covered National Road, America's first federally funded highway. More info...

Picture of C & O Canal map  Chesapeake & Ohio Canal
The 19th-century engineering feat nicknamed "The Grand Old Ditch" has become a hub of outdoor recreational activity, with biking, bird watching and mule-drawn barge rides. More info...
Photo of historic battlefield 

Journey Through Hallowed Ground
Highlighted by a rich collection of historic locations filled with modern-day amenities, this journey is a wonderful pilgrimage to sacrosanct Civil War sites, pristine natural sanctuaries and land considered by many to be sacred. More info...

Photo of Civil War reenactment 

Antietam Campaign
The bloodiest single-day battle of the Civil War took place on Maryland soil, as Confederate soldiers crossed the Potomac River and clashed with Union forces in the sleepy town of Sharpsburg. More info...

Photo of a historic main street 

Old Main Streets
Vibrant streets invite visitors to explore history heritage and architectures while savoring the flavor of local shops, eateries and lodging. More info...

Photo of girls running past the Carrol County Farm Museum  Mason & Dixon
On this easy-going drive along country vistas just south of the Pennsylvania border prepare yourself for historical encounters, recreational endeavor and life "down on the farm." More info...
Photo of a painter outside the Cylburn Arboretum 

Falls Road
Surrounded by rolling green countryside, this byway provides easy access to historical, cultural and recreational attractions as rural landscapes give way to the glittering Baltimore cityscape. More info...

Photo of a foxhunter on a horse 

Horses & Hounds
Since Colonial times, foxhunters have swept across these rolling, grassy fields in a colorful pageant of horses, hounds, and "hill toppers," who prefer to watch and ride at a slower pace. More info...

Photo of a pier 

Lower Susquehanna
For anyone interested in maritime history, fishing, shopping or sweeping river views, this unhurried drive offers plenty of opportunities to stop and explore. More info...

Photo of a parade  Baltimore's Historic Charles Street
Though only a dozen miles long, Charles Street is packed with world-renowned museums, captivating performing arts, high intensity professional sports and a variety of fine dining establishments. More info...
Photo of Fort McHenry National Monument 

Star-Spangled Banner
Follow the trail of British troops as they fought their way up the Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812, eventually clashing with American defenders in a battle immortalized by the "Star-Spangled Banner." More info...

Photo of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Home and Museum 

Booth's Escape
Follow the escape route of John Wilkes Booth, one of history's most notorious assassins, as he fled from Washington, D.C. and hid for several days in Southern Maryland before being cornered. More info...

Photo of cars driving in Annapolis  Roots & Tides
Explore the timeless traditions and deep maritime roots of Western Shore towns along the Chesapeake Bay. Go sailing, bird watching, museum hopping or just relax on a sandy beach. More info...
Photo of Christ Church, King and Queen Parish  Religious Freedom Tour
America's roots of religious toleration run deep in Southern Maryland, where some of the nation's oldest churches are an indelible part of this peaceful, small-town landscape. More info...
Photo of sailboats anchored in the Chesapeake 

Chesapeake Country
It is said that life in "Chesapeake Country" flows gently with the tide of North America's largest estuary and it's tributaries. Take your time experiencing the special beauty of this tidewater region with its pristine waterways and vibrant historic waterfront villages. More info...

Photo of a Harriet Tubman interpreter  Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad
Journeying back in time to pre-Civil War America, explore the secret network of trails, waterways and safe houses used by enslaved people fleeing north to escape bondage. More info...
Photo of a giant sand castle  Cape to Cape
From the Atlantic Ocean to the back bays of Chincoteague, Sinepuxenta and Assawoman, set your sights on a seaside rendezvous amid some of Maryland's most beautiful and historic beaches and islands. More info... 
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