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Old 10-05-2009, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Southern Illinois
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Question Summer in Maryland

My best friend and I chose Maryland as our weeklong summer trip for next year. We did the very cliche thing and just picked a state on the map. What are things that we "must-do" while in Maryland? Attractions, food, stores, historical sights?? We aren't sure exactly where we are going within the state, but know we want to see Baltimore and the Eastern Shore. Any suggestions??? Thanks,Sam
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:10 AM
 
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Be sure to order some really good crab dip and or sea food and as far as historical places, just do a Google search, there are tons of places in Maryland
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:34 PM
 
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Maryland has Civil War battle sites and cemeteries, such as Antietam. You could also check out the Naval Academy in Annapolis--quaint downtown with shops, too. Ocean City and the boardwalk.
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:24 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Annapolis as mentioned, get some crabs (not those kind), Harrison's on Kent Island or Mike's in Riva outside Annapolis are both good for that. Come to North Beach for movies on the Beach (one Saturday per month May, June, July, August although we may do more next year) and walk the Boardwalk. Go to Ocean City, eat some Boardwalk fries from Thrasher's have a milkshake from Dumsler's, people watch on the Boardwalk, burn to a crisp on the sand and cool off in the water.
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:56 AM
 
Location: St. Michaels, MD
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Easton and St. Michaels are lovely on the shore
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Old 11-26-2009, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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If you are coming from Illinois, you should come east on I-68 and go through Western Maryland. It is mountainous and forested and should be an interesting contrast to Illinois.
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Old 11-27-2009, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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If you like small historic areas, Frederick, MD is cute. You can find a real mix in the heart of town from brand-new excellent restaurants to cute antique shops. The Antietam battlefield is also relatively close by if you're interested in Civil War sites. Frederick is a good gateway to the wilderness areas of western MD too. Sugarloaf Mountain is easy to hike and quite popular.
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:42 PM
 
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Here are some ideas--it depends on your interests of course...

Md. summers are hot so the mountains are cooler. There is Deep Creek Lake, Rocky Gap State Park (http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/rockygap.html - broken link), and historic Cumberland which is home to the Western Md. Scenic Railroad. Then move on to Frederick County. Thurmont is near Camp David and has a zoo as well as Cunningham Falls and Catoctin Mtn. parks.

Annapolis is lovely and you can tour the State House & Naval Academy.

If you're into colonial history, you MUST check out Historic St. Mary's. It's a living history/archaeological site of the first settlement in Maryland; not as well-known as colonial Williamsburg but every bit as interesting. It should be fully staffed in the summer and the re-enactors are interesting and informative.

If you're into natural history / fossils, the Chesapeake beaches in Calvert County are great for hunting fossilized shark teeth from the Miocene. Calvert Cliffs State Park (http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/calvertcliffs.html - broken link)is the most well-known.

There isn't much on the Eastern Shore except farming, but Ocean City is a must-see!
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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Here are some ideas--it depends on your interests of course...

Md. summers are hot so the mountains are cooler. There is Deep Creek Lake, Rocky Gap State Park (http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/rockygap.html - broken link), and historic Cumberland which is home to the Western Md. Scenic Railroad. Then move on to Frederick County. Thurmont is near Camp David and has a zoo as well as Cunningham Falls and Catoctin Mtn. parks.

Annapolis is lovely and you can tour the State House & Naval Academy.

If you're into colonial history, you MUST check out Historic St. Mary's. It's a living history/archaeological site of the first settlement in Maryland; not as well-known as colonial Williamsburg but every bit as interesting. It should be fully staffed in the summer and the re-enactors are interesting and informative.

If you're into natural history / fossils, the Chesapeake beaches in Calvert County are great for hunting fossilized shark teeth from the Miocene. Calvert Cliffs State Park (http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/calvertcliffs.html - broken link)is the most well-known.

There isn't much on the Eastern Shore except farming, but Ocean City is a must-see!
Great suggestions!

A note about Ocean City, however: it's Maryland's version of the Jersey shore. In many ways OC is unapologetically tacky. That's part of the fun. Just be forewarned that not everyone loves it.
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Old 12-05-2009, 07:52 AM
 
Location: 5 years in Southern Maryland, USA
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You would be better off, posting this question on the website Reviews of vacations, hotels, resorts, vacation and travel packages - TripAdvisor . That site has millions of reviews and opinions of tourist sites, hotels, and restaurants world-wide. And they have a "forums" section where locals will answer any question you may have about specific unique situations.
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