You’ll find that Baltimorians love Baltimore so much they never seem to leave...but there are many attractions outside of Charm City! Baltimore is surrounded by a number of cities full of activity and culture, and some are accessible via public transportation.
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Whether you come for the history, the education, the water, or the hospitality, there is always something to enjoy in Annapolis. Experience the colonial capital city, known since its earliest days as the "Athens of America," that draws over four million people each year to its small seaport. Annapolis is home to the United States Naval Academy, the third oldest college in the United States (St. John’s College founded in 1696), all four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence, and serves as the location where the Treaty of Paris was signed. It is a popular port of call for international sailors, and Olympic sailors consider it “America’s Sailing Capital.” Click here for a list of annual events, festivals, and local traditions in Annapolis.
Best brunch spot: Grumps Cafe, Chick and Ruth's
Best live music: Piano bar at Middleton Tavern, and many other music venues
Best Restaurants: Acme (for wings), Buddy's (for crabs)
Best Restaurants for a Price: Osteria 177, Chart House
Our favorite hang out spots: Metropolitan (rooftop), Red Red Wine Bar, Pusser's Caribbean Grille
Fun activities: Spring and Fall United States Boat Shows
Best park: Visit the manmade beach at Sandy Point State Park. Click here for a list of recreational areas in Annapolis.
Recreational Activities: Visit the Naval Academy and Main St., Colonial Character guided tours of downtown, Bay Cruises.
Washington, District of Columbia
Many Baltimorians fail to take advantage of having our nation’s capital so close to their house! Spend a day touring some of the most spectacular (and free) museums this country has to offer, see the Cherry Blossom Festival in the Spring, visit the White House, and eat at world-renowned restaurants that are scattered throughout the city. Although D.C. is straight down I-295, parking can be a headache. We recommend taking the MARC train ($7 each way on weekdays) or driving 20 minutes down I-95 to the Greenbelt exit off the Capital Beltway, where you can ride the green line on the Metro into the heart of D.C. The suburbs surrounding D.C., including Rockville and Bethesda, are also great places to visit, shop, and eat. Click here to see D.C.'s Events Calendar.
Our favorite neighborhoods: Adam's Morgan, Dupont Circle, U Street, China Town, Georgetown
Main attractions: Kennedy Center, Passport DC Embassy Tours, Smithsonian Museums, Other Museums, Monument Tours
Our favorite brunch spots: Firefly, Bread and Chocolate, Le Pain Quotidien
Our favorite restaurants: Oya, Tosca, Zed
Ellicott City, Maryland
This historic city, located west of Baltimore City within the borders of Columbia MD, has been listed as one of America’s most affluent communities. Ellicott City consists of a variety of specialty shops, mouth-watering restaurants, cafes, and exquisite wine boutiques. Ellicott City’s retailers and restaurateurs warmly welcome visitors and residents. The downtown historic district is a very popular destination that draws people from the surrounding counties. It’s historic Main Street is lined with Rockwell-esque stores that have become an antique hub.
Make sure to see: B&O Railroad Museum, the destination of the first thirteen miles of railroad in America
Best parks: Patapsco Valley State Park, Robinson Nature Center
Fun activities: Ellicott City Ghost Tour, Ellicott City Literary Pub Crawl
Landmarks: The Original Woodstock Snowball Stand
Favorite restaurants: Portalli's
Our favorite hang out spots: Pure Wine Cafe
Gettysburg is centrally located in Southern PA. It’s an approximate one hour drive north from Baltimore. Gettysburg is considered one of the most historic small towns in America. It's a common attraction for the avid history buff and for those who enjoy nature. Plan a day trip and walk in the steps of historical icons. Take the opportunity to experience a unique tour of the Gettysburg National Military Park on horseback or Segway as the tour staff recount the events of the Battle of Gettysburg. The town offers a variety of unique shops, museums, and fine dining. Other areas of attraction include wineries, theater production, orchards and the Gettysburg Ghost Tour. Click here to see Gettysburg's calendar of events.
Best parks: National Military Park (offers horseback and Segway tours)
Best museums: Rupp House, David Wills House
Recreational Activities: Ghost Tours, Horseback Tours, Golf, Wineries
Best brunch spots: Cafe Saint-Amand
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
A little over an hour away from Baltimore is one of the most picturesque towns in the country. Nestled on a peninsula at the junction of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers and surrounded by hundred foot high mountains, lies the city of Harpers Ferry, WV. Harpers Ferry's history is multi-layered, involving a diverse number of people and events that influenced the course of our nation's history. Harpers Ferry witnessed the first successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown's attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.
Harpers Ferry offers a variety of things to do. Join a guided ranger tour, visit exhibits and museums, hike or bike a variety of trails, buy a book at the Historical Association's bookshop or just explore on your own. A short walk takes you into the town of Harpers Ferry where you will find many restaurants and shops.
Best parks: National Historical Park
Recreational activities: Vineyards, Tubing at River Riders
Best restaurants: The Anvil Restaurant, Canal House Cafe, Private Quinns Pub
Best brunch spots: The Town's Inn, The Country Cafe
Best coffee shops: The Coffee Mill
Best dessert spots: The Swiss Miss
Columbia, Maryland, the nation's most successful planned community, is situated twenty minutes from Baltimore. Accessible via I-95 and Route 29, Columbia consists of ten self-contained villages. It's a perfect place to rent a canoe in the summer, see a movie, go to an outdoor concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion, or shop at the mall.
Best shopping: The Mall in Columbia
Best places to see live music: Merriweather Post Pavilion
Favorite hang out spots: Victoria Gastro Pub
Favorite restaurants: The Mango Grove, Sushi King
Best restaurants for a price: The King's Contrivance Inn
Best brunch spots: Clyde's
Fun activities: Ice Skating, Columbia SportsPark, Shadowland Laser Tag, Toby's Dinner Theatre (there's one of these in Baltimore too!)
Best Parks: Centennial Park, Cedar Lane Park, Columbia Memorial Park
The City of Frederick, located less than an hour away from Baltimore, is the second largest city in Maryland with a 40-block historic district. Located between the Civil War battlegrounds of Monocacy, Antietam and Gettysburg, Frederick grew from a hospital town for wounded soldiers to an industrial city for canning, tanning, and knitting. It is now a celebration of the arts, full of impressive architecture, fine arts centers, orchards, and private galleries. Dr. Lisa Rowen, our Chief Nursing Officer, calls downtown Frederick "a blend of history, funky, artsy, good dining and fun". Visit Baker Park to see weekly summer concerts, monthly gallery walks, and children's theatrical performances. It's also not too far away from Jumbo's Pumpkin Patch, owned by one of UMMC's finest nurses. Click here for a list of events and sites in Frederick, and here for an events calendar specific to downtown Frederick.
Civil War Sites and Battlefields: Monocacy National Battlefield and Washington Monument State Park, Antietam National Battlefield
Best orchards: Catoctin Mountain Orchard, McCutcheon's Factory Store, Pryor's Orchard
Best art galleries: Gallery 322
Best museums: National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Best restaurants for a price: Volt (Chef and Owner was a finalist on the 6th season of Top Chef in 2009)
Best parks: C&O Canal National Historical Park, Catoctin Mountain Park, Gambrill State Park, Gettysburg National Military Park, Greenbrier State Park, Cunningham Falls State Park
Best Outlets: Gettysburg Outlets, Hagerstown Outlets
Recreational Activities: Tubing, Flying Dog Brewery tour, Linganore Wine Festival
Havre de Grace, Maryland
Havre de Grace — sometimes abbreviated HdG — is a city in Harford County, situated at the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the head of Chesapeake Bay. Havre de Grace is approximately one hour north of the city and is a popular area for recreation and tourism. The city yacht basin and park sponsors various events each year. The restored promenade and boardwalk that runs along the shore from the Concord Point Lighthouse to the yacht basin is a favorite place for locals and tourists to walk and enjoy views of the bay.
Best shopping: Arts By the Bay Gallery, Washington Street Books & Music
Best place to see live music: Laurrapin Grille
Favorite hang out spots: Laurrapin Grille, MacGregor's Restaurant & Tavern
Best restaurants for a price: The Vineyard Wine Bar
Fun activities: Hollywood Casino Perryville, Havre de Grace Farmer's Market, Havre de Grace Decoy Museum
Best parks: Numerous Parks & Trails
The independent city of Williamsburg was founded in 1632 as Middle Plantation and served as the capital of the Colony of Virginia from 1688 to 1780. Three US Presidents attended it's College of William & Mary, the second oldest institution of higher education in the United States. Williamsburg forms part of the Historic Triangle with nearby towns Jamestown and Yorktown, and is mostly known now for it's restored historic area of the city, known as Colonial Williamsburg.
Favorite restaurants: Dog street Pub, Blue Talon Bistro, The Fat Canary, The Trellis, Food for Thought
Best colonial taverns: Chowdings, King's Arm Tavern, Christina Cambell's Tavern, Shield's Tavern
Best sandwich shop: The Cheese Shop
Best brunch spots: Blue Talon Bistro, Five Forks Cafe, Aromas
Best coffee spots: Aromas
Best hang out spots: Chowning's Tavern, Dog street Pub, Greenleafe Cafe, Paul's Deli
Favorite Recreational Activities: Colonial Williamsburg, Historic William & Mary Campus Tour, Williamsburg Winery, Busch Gardens Theme Park
Drive an hour towards the Bay Bridge and you'll be halfway to the beach! You'll also land at a great outlet mall. Whether you are renting a beach house, staying in a motel, or driving over for the day, there's nothing like sitting oceanside by the Atlantic Ocean! Make sure to eat Grotto Pizza, Thrashers french fries, and Fishers popcorn. The most popular beaches are Ocean City, Rehoboth, Bethany, and Dewey.
Ocean City, Maryland
Ocean City beach is a fun beach that is closest in location to Baltimore. It's only nine miles from Assateague Island, a popular location for camping and seeing wild horses. This beach is also a popular location for high school seniors during Senior Week.
Best Coffee Shop/Donuts: Fractured Prune
Best Brunch Spots: Dough Roller
Best Restaurants and Live Music: Fagers Island
Best Ice Cream: Dumser's
Best Hang Out Spots: Seacrets, Macky's Bayside Bar and Grill
Bethany Beach, Delaware
Bethany Beach is a peaceful, family beach, with a quaint main street full of shops and restaurants.
Best Restaurants: Just Hooked
Best Ice Cream: Dickey's Custard
Best Stores for Shopping: Rose Garden
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Rehoboth Beach has a perfect blend of fun and relaxation. It has a boardwalk with fun rides, a movie theater, and outlet shopping.
Best Restaurants: Cultured Pearl, Stoney Lonen, Stingray
Best Hang Out Spots: Dogfish Brewpub
Best Ice Cream Spots: Annie's Bananies
Dewey Beach, Delaware
Dewey Beach is one mile long and three blocks wide, located west of Rehoboth Bay.
Best Restaurants: Venus on the Half Shell
Best Hang Out Spots: Rusty Rudder, The Starboard
Best Place to See Live Music: Bottle and Cork