Maryland isn’t just crabs, square pizza, and Old Bay seasoning! Let’s talk about some of the best “off the beaten path” places you should add to your Maryland Bucket List.
Maryland Bucket List
Are you the outdoorsy type? Maryland has no shortage of breathtaking scenery, hikes that range in difficulty from beginner to advanced, and of course several waterfront views that are second to none.
The Great Outdoors
Billy Goat Trail – If you love the outdoors, you won’t want to miss Billy Goat Trail. The entire park is absolutely gorgeous, with lots of activities for folks of all ages. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Adkins Arboretum – Nestled on 400 acres of wetlands and gardens, a visit to Adkins Arboretum almost feels like you’re stepping onto another continent. This natural preserve is one of Maryland’s best kept secrets. If you’re looking for a serene place to relax and enjoy connecting with nature, this is it. My favorite part are the waterfront views… another destination you want to make sure you bring your camera for!
Our great state has many islands and waterfalls. Here are a few of my favorites.
Hart-Miller Island – This 1,100 acre island is located on Chesapeake Bay, and is a haven for bird watchers. Take your binoculars along on this trip and explore the many species of birds that migrate to Hart-Miller Island.
Cobb Island – Cobb Island is a small waterfront community, not a tourist destination, which is why I like it. Visit Cobb Island to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Swallow Falls – Kiddos will really enjoy Swallow Falls. The hikes are easy enough for pretty much everyone, though some areas are more difficult. It’s best to go when it’s not too hot out, but some areas are shaded so it’s not so bad.
Only in Maryland
Antietam National Battlefield – Even if you aren’t a Civil War buff, the tour at the Antietam Battlefield is something you’ll enjoy. There aren’t usually a ton of people visiting, so it’s a nice relaxing tour. It’s also educational, which is why you should bring the kids along.
George Peabody Library – One of the best places to spend a relaxing afternoon reading a book, the George Peabody Library is full of stunning beauty that you won’t see anywhere else.
Top of the World – This observation tower, located at the top of Baltimore’s World Trade Center, only costs $6 to ride up to the 27th floor. You’ll get the best views of the city here.
Which spots would you add to this Maryland bucket list? Let me know in the comments!
Since you’ll be hanging around on the East Coast, how about checking out our Virginia Bucket List: 20 Must Visit Sites in VA.