Maryland Vacation Spots

There are many Maryland vacation spots which are characterized by unspoiled, untouched wilderness. The opportunities for outdoor sports and activities are everywhere. Along with a rich supply of historic treasures. Enjoy the fresh crab or rockfish at one of the great shoreline restaurants. Sample the fare from the fine growers, bakers and crafters at the Chestertown Farmers Market.

There are many Maryland vacation spots for bird watchers. Bird watching is particularly good at Eastern Neck National Wildlife refuge.

Maryland vacation spots in Garret County really get you out into the countryside away from the hustle and bustle. Outdoor activities are the word here. The county boasts some 90,000 acres of public parks, forests and wildlife areas.

Deep Creek Lake and Wisp Ski Resort are favorites. In the summer there's fun activities like paintball, a 20,000 square foot skateboard park, guided ATV Tours, mountain biking and lots more.

If you are a Civil War history buff then The National Museum of Civil War Medicine would be an interesting place to visit. It's in Frederick, Maryland which was a major hospital center for most of the war.

Frederick experienced a lot of fighting during the war. In fact all of Frederick county is a major draw for tourists interested in the Civil War.

Other Frederick Maryland vacation spots are the Monocacy National Battlefield which is known as the "Battle That Saved Washington". The Catoctin Wildlife and Preserve has over 400 exotic animals from bears to boas, lions to lemurs, macaws to monkeys, panthers to prairie dogs.

In Montgomery County, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park is a great Maryland vacation spot. Take a trip back in time as you ride down the canal in a mule-drawn barge. The Clara Barton National Historic Site commemorates the life of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross.

The Deep Creek Lake Area of Western Maryland is one of many great Maryland vacation spots for all you outdoor enthusiasts. This mountainous region is home to Bear Claw Snow Tubing Park at Wisp Hotel where the whole family can get in on the thrill of snow tubing. During the summer Wisp Resort offers a challenging championship golf course designed around the natural mountain slopes. And there's no hiking back uphill.

Deep Creek Lake State Park has public boat access and is home to black bear, wild turkey and bobcat. In Swanton you will find the 6,000 square foot Discovery Center. It is full of natural, cultural and historical resources such as mounted specimens, aviary and a children's interactive room.

The Chesapeake Bay shoreline is a top Maryland vacation spots only sixty miles from the nation's capital. At The River Plantation vacation destination, you can stay in a comfortable and elegant Bed & Breakfast - either The Manor House or The Irishtown. Then head out into the fly fisherman's paradise, along the headwaters of the Wye River, for some slow-paced and private fly fishing lessons with a fly fishing professional.

Next you could go to The River Plantation's 55-acre sporting clay course and enjoy the adventure and excitement of sporting clays. This is a rapidly growing sport where you test your shotgun shooting skills by hitting clay disks at stations along a designated course.

By then you should be ready to head out into the Chesapeake Bay on one of The River Plantation's two fishing yachts, the Miss Pintail II and the Empress Pintail II, for some fishing action with Maryland's famous Striped Bass.


The following Maryland vacation spots information was contributed by Heather C. Taylor.

Here's a few reasons to come to the eastern shore of Maryland and enjoy all the Maryland vacation spots that Queen Anne’s County has to offer.Crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge you will experience the natural beauty and the waterfront vistas that are indicative of Queen Anne’s County, the gateway to Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

There is something for everyone in Queen Anne’s County, including the excitement of water sports, the relaxation of antiquing and historic sites, the adventure of touring a nature preserve, and the recreation of golfing and outlet shopping. Hikers and bikers will also feel right at home on one of the rapidly expanding trails that wind through shady woods to sunny fields.

KENT ISLAND

Situated at the foot of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Kent Island is the site of the first English settlement within Maryland - the country’s third after only Jamestown and Plymouth Rock.

In Stevensville, history buffs will enjoy meandering through the colorful Historic District, where antique shops and artisans offer unexpected treasures and delights. Here, the old and the new blend seamlessly. On historic Kent Island, one will find everything from the magnificently restored Victorian-era Kent Manor Inn to the new Chesapeake Exploration Center at its spectacular waterfront location at Kent Narrows.

CROSS ISLAND TRAIL

The paved Cross Island Trail is 10 feet wide and spans Kent Island west and east, from Terrapin Nature Park on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to Kent Narrows. Bike, walk or skate your way across six miles of meadows, canopied forests, fields and marsh. Our trail is receiving rave reviews for it affords natural vistas and unique opportunities to view wildlife.

Scenic bridges span waterways and the trail will take you to the Chesapeake Exploration Center where you can plan the rest of your adventure or to the fabulous waterfront restaurants at Kent Narrows.

CHESAPEAKE EXPLORATION CENTER

At the Chesapeake Exploration Center, located in the beautiful Kent Narrows allows travelers and residents alike to stop and freshen up, get information, maps and brochures about Queen Anne’s County and the entire Chesapeake Bay region. A Chesapeake Bay Skipjack, the Anna McGarvey, is on display. Queen Anne’s County Office of Tourism is located here.

Learn about the history and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay in an exhibit set in the scene of a turn of the century general store. “Our Chesapeake Legacy” exhibit is not quite a museum, for it’s far more interactive and touchable.

The diverse items displayed are all part of the area’s history and serve as a gateway experience for visitors to Queen Anne’s County, and the Chesapeake Bay region by providing an overview of the region’s heritage, resources, and culture.

The center explores man’s close relationship with the Bay and how that relationship has shaped our culture and history - and conversely - how we have shaped the environment of the Bay.

BOATING

Boaters will find themselves in paradise in Queen Anne’s County with over 1800 transient slips. Boasting miles of prime Chesapeake Bay waterfront and broad deep-water rivers, the county is a perfect setting for kayaking, canoeing, sailing and power boating.

Marinas and marine services are everywhere with excellent access at one of the many public boat ramps makes the county a great spot for launching for the day. Pleasant accommodations range from upscale hotels to quaint bed & breakfast inns.

NATURE

Nature takes center stage in the county with the Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area, the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center and Tuckahoe State Park. Bird watchers will find abundant sightings, be they in a grassy marsh, a broad open cornfield or along a quietly bubbling creek.

Golfers can swing away at the nationally acclaimed Queenstown Golf Links, with its sweeping views of the Chester River or the county’s Blue Heron Golf Course, recently expanded to 18 holes. Whether aiming for a wildfowl expedition or some simple clay shooting, hunters will find several lodges, preserves and shooting ranges to choose from.

SHOPPING

Shoppers will discover a great blend of the old and new. In Queenstown, the Prime Outlets contain over 65+ specialty shops offering name brand and designer labels at discount prices. Off the beaten path unique antique shops can be found in the quaint towns of Stevensville and Grasonville.

For auction lovers, one of the East Coast’s biggest and most colorful auctions occurs every Wednesday at Crumpton, a small town in northern Queen Anne’s County. The Dixon Furniture Auction is a fast paced, fun event drawing unique items and eager buyers from the entire Mid-Atlantic region. If it’s small, quaint shops you’re after, visiting the tree lined streets of Centreville is a must. There one can find a plethora of treasures for all your family and friends.

HISTORY

Finally, history buffs will find plenty to explore at one of the Historic Sites Consortium’s 18 sites. The county’s rise from a colonial past can be imagined when touring the variety of historic homes, churches, train stations, grist mill, courthouses and post office.

The consortium seeks to educate and involve residents and visitors in the history of Queen Anne’s County. When touring the historic sites one feels transported back to a time when the rivers were the highways, when colonial ships imported exotic goods and steamboats carried travelers from port to port.

A popular Maryland vacation spot to visit, located in Centerville, is Wright’s Chance; here visitors can experience an early plantation home.

The home is maintained by the Queen Anne’s County Historical Society whose office is located across the street in Tucker House, another historic site. The Historic Sites Consortium sponsors open houses the first Saturday of each month from May to October from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; a self guided driving tour, entitled Explore Our History and Heritage, is also available and can be enjoyed all year long. For more information on the Historic Sites Consortium please visit www.historicqac.org.

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