Story Ideas


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Connie Spindler,


Maryland's six regions (Yes, six! We count our gem of the Chesapeake Bay as its very own region.) span diverse landscapes and offer action-packed activities, unique attractions, historical landmarks and hip events. Add to that comfortable lodging and delectable dining, and your story will certainly jump off the page.

The sampling of story ideas that follow can spark your next idea for a perfect travel article, or provide inspiration for other matchless pieces. If you need additional assistance, please use the Contact Us section and we will be delighted to help craft your Maryland story.

Summer of Music

Can you hear the song of mandolins, banjos and bass echoing through mountains? That can only mean DelFest – The Home of Bluegrass – and the start of Maryland’s ‘Summer of Music.’ From DelFest (May), through Sunfest (Fall) in Ocean City, the summer of 2018 brings a wall of sound and a symphony of styles to the Free State.

Whether you want to groove to the sultry sounds of the Capital Jazz Festival in Columbia; shred to the metal madness of Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore and Doom Fest in Frederick; or let your freak flag fly all over the dancefloor at Moonrise Festival in Baltimore, Maryland’s Summer of Music has a home for your sound and your scene. Check out these 25 rocking events, plus more of the Summer of Music at our great live music clubs, wineries, outdoor music venues and more, because this summer, Maryland means music.

Share your music experiences with us on social media using #MarylandMusic, and make sure to check out Maryland's Summer of Music lineup. To scope out all the rockin' events across Maryland during the Summer of Music, see the Calendar of Events.

Freedom Fighters

Harriet Tubman. Frederick Douglass. Both born on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Both endured much and gave back so much more.

Hailed as the “Moses of Her People,” Harriet Tubman was a heroic leader in the fight against slavery. Her selfless efforts helped more than 70 enslaved people make their way north by way of the Underground Railroad. The 125-mile long byway traverses a region abundant with African-American heritage, following a mostly northern path across a landscape that has changed little in the 150 years since Tubman and others risked their lives for freedom. Central to her life story is the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center which details her life on the Eastern Shore.

2018 is the “Year of Frederick Douglass” in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the famed abolitionist, writer, and orator. Frederick Douglass’s given name at birth was Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. He changed his name to Frederick Douglass after he escaped enslavement in 1838 to disguise himself and prevent capture. Learn more about Douglass and his historic achievements on the “Following in His Footsteps - Maryland's Frederick Douglass Driving Tour”.

Maryland's Waterways

Harvest oysters firsthand. Board a waterman's vessel. Cast your line under the guidance of a charter boat captain and experience the good life on the water. Enjoy a sunset sail aboard an historic skipjack or trotline for your own crabs. There are countless ways to experience adventure in Maryland, and it all starts on the water, where visitors can take a tour, fish or sightsee Maryland's vast waterways. There are 31 miles of Atlantic Ocean coast, including Assateague Island; the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries; and 400 man-made lakes. Similarly, Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and its iconic watermen have influenced the state's history, culture and economy for years. Hook your next story by boating with a local watermen or charter operation. Plan your vacation by visiting “The Great Chesapeake Bay Loop” pages on our website.

Maryland Scenic Byways

Follow along one of Maryland's 18 scenic byways, and embrace the diverse landscapes filled with beauty, history and culture. Carefully mapped driving routes and themed tours take you through mountain passes once traveled by American pioneers onboard Conestoga wagons; they incorporate some of the most interesting neighborhoods bordering Washington D.C.; they wind along country toads in Southern Maryland; and they urge you to make new discoveries on the peaceful shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Take advantage of the endless activities found everywhere you go - from fishing, hiking, boating and biking to antiquing, touring a winery or seeing a show, and you're never far from incredible dining experiences.

Taste of Maryland

Indulge in Maryland's many culinary treasures. From authentic Chesapeake Bay cuisine and seafood festivals, to some of the region's best new chefs, eateries, breweries and wineries, experience our mouth-watering culinary scene. Quench your thirst at a cozy brewpub and quality microbrewery; escape to the rolling hills and picturesque vineyards along  Maryland's wine trails; dip into tasty fun on Maryland's Ice Cream Trail; tantalize your taste buds with a bite of Smith Island Cake, Maryland's official state dessert; and savor the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay on the Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail.  Let Maryland charm your appetite with its unique local flavors and innovative award-winning culinary delights.