Maryland Getaways

Maryland Getaways
Tucked into the East Coast and surrounded by Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Delaware, the state of Maryland is just a pit stop for many travelers on the way to New York or Florida. But the small state offers many special mini-vacation spots, from the vast acres of forests in the western region to the eastern shimmering shoreline on the Atlantic Ocean. You have only to decide if you prefer the mountains, the beach or the city for your next Maryland getaway.

Deep Creek Lake Area

A longtime favorite escape location for Washingtonians, the Deep Creek Lake area is in the far western part of Maryland. The state's largest freshwater lake, which is 12 miles long and cover 3,900 acres, is the focal point of the area, offering all sorts of water sports and boating activities, as well as fishing. Resorts in the area are favorite spots for skiing, snow-tubing, hiking and golf. Deep Creek Lake State Park has 112 campsites, 26 with electricity. In addition to offering numerous mountain biking and hiking trails in the park, the area offers numerous restaurants and shops. Whether you want to be highly active on your getaway, or just relax in beautiful natural surroundings, Deep Creek will have a place for you.

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce
15 Visitors Center Dr.
McHenry MD 21541

Baltimore's Inner Harbor

For a city getaway, join the tourists and locals who frequent Baltimore's Inner Harbor. One of the country's major seaports since the 1700s, the harbor in Baltimore is dotted with ships, boats, ferries and water taxis. Restaurants, hotels and shops line the waterfront. Blocks away is Camden Yards, the state-of-the-art home of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team, and the M&T Bank Stadium, home to the Ravens football team. Fort McHenry, known as the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner, juts out into the water, offering a great place for kids to run around on the grassy areas and explore the fort, while parents take in the view and soak up the history. The Baltimore Aquarium has enough fantastic sea life to keep you occupied for several days. Whether it's romance, science, sightseeing or just a place to sit and enjoy the breeze from the water, the Inner Harbor has something for everyone.

Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Visit Baltimore
100 Light St.
12th Floor
Baltimore MD 21202

Assateague State Park

Escape the daily grind with a peaceful getaway in Assateague, Maryland's only ocean park. The 37-mile long barrier island, bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Sinepuxent Bay, is known for its wild ponies, beautiful beaches and abundant bird life. The two miles of ocean beaches offer swimming from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fishing is popular, and the island's bay side offers a chance for wildlife exploration by canoe or kayak. In the marsh areas, you'll be able to spot deer, waterfowl and wild horses. Assateague was selected by National Geographic Traveler magazine in 1994 as one of the country's top 10 state parks. It has remained a quiet Maryland retreat, perfect for communing with nature. Camp sites are available in the park.

Assateague State Park
7307 Stephen Decatur Highway
Berlin MD 21811

Article Written By Ann Oldenburg

Based in the Washington, D.C. area, Ann Oldenburg has been a reporter/editor/author since 1990. She has written for publications including "The Washington Post," "USA TODAY" and "TV Guide." She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Florida.

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