Baltimore. This charming harborside city is as gifted in historic sights as it is in the vibrant array of activities that go on year-round. Whether you’re visiting and drafting travel plans, a returning Baltimorean coming to see friends and family, or a local looking for something to do around home, you’ll find more than you can choose from. Read on for some of our favorites to sleep under the stars and enjoy the great outdoors around Baltimore.
Assateague Island National Seashore
Assateague Island National Seashore is one of the nation’s most esteemed National Parks, a two-to-three hour’s drive to the Atlantic coast. For those travelers with a lengthier stay here around Baltimore and Maryland, this is a great option for weekend and multi-day getaways. Here at Assateague Island National Seashore, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of stunning scenes, from beaches to barrier islands, maritime forests, salt marshes, coastal bays, dunes, and the captivating view of the Atlantic. Camp by tent or recreational vehicle, kayak, tour from the comfort of your car at the Over Sand Vehicle zone and watch the local population of wild horses. With so much to do, this is a solid choice for those slightly longer getaways from the bustle of the city and modern life, at this tranquil slice of nature by the sea.
Catoctin Mountain Park
Just an hour’s drive out of Baltimore, Catoctin Mountain Park is your pristine, lush escape into the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains. This is a great area for daytime excursions and longer trips alike given its proximity to the city, with plenty of hiking, stargazing, picnicking, camping, photography, animal watching, and outdoors activities to choose from. We recommend the trails leading to breathtaking views over Maryland for those memorable photos to complete your travel albums and postcards.
Jones Falls Trail
For a dose of green and a great venue for outdoors activities not too far from the city, we recommend the Jones Falls Trail, a scenic trail set through a dazzling array of colors and shapes great for biking, jogging, walking, and photography! This is a solid choice for those travelers who are operating on a tighter itinerary, and want to fit in a getaway from their getaway here in busy Baltimore.
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Come tour some of the Baltimore area’s most storied and oldest settings here at the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, a great adventure suited to all sorts of camping, canoeing, stargazing, animal watching, and exploring! The size and scale of this trail accommodates parties of all ages, sizes and ambitions, and is appropriate for families, groups, couples, and solo travelers alike. We recommend the water trail, with the new system of “smart buoys,” allowing for an innovative and immersive experience, seeing the Chesapeake and the Baltimore area much as the first settlers saw it some four hundred years ago.
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