Pull up a chair and take a huge forkful of chocolatey Smith Island Cake – we've rounded up ten of the absolute best things to do in Maryland. This mix of activities in the Old Line State provides a little something for everyone in the family, from spending a full day enjoying the books of the George Peabody Library to eating the freshest crab from the Chesapeake Bay. If you like the outdoors, you'll love seeing the views from St. Michaels Harbor or peddling the C&O Canal Towpath. Adventure awaits!
1. Stroll Along St. Michaels Harbor
Stop by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to experience the bay’s rich history.
2. Enjoy Fresh Crab From The Bay
Nothing beats steamed blue crab from the Chesapeake...unless you’re more of a crab cake person, which you’ll also find at local joints.
3. Visit Johns Hopkins University’s George Peabody Library
Located in Baltimore, the nation’s stunning “cathedral of books” is home to some of the rarest literature in the world.
4. Ride The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Find a stunning view of the Alleghany Mountains – and dinner in the railcar, to boot!
5. Cheer On The Baltimore Orioles
Built in 1992, Oriole Park made history as the nation’s first “retro” park. Feeling hungry? There’s an all-you-can-eat section out in the Left Field Club.
6. Indulge In Smith Island Cake
The state’s official dessert is made fresh on Smith Island. The most popular version of this 15-layer cake has moist yellow cake and chocolate fudge icing.
7. Tour the United States Naval Academy
John Paul Jones, the country’s first naval Revolutionary War hero, is buried in Historic Annapolis.
8. Peddle (Or Paddle!) The C&O Canal Towpath
Paralleling the Potomac, this towpath stretches from Georgetown to Cumberland. It’s a perfect afternoon activity for those who love to spend time outside.
9. Visit The Original Washington Monument
Listen up, history buffs! You can enjoy breathtaking views atop South Mountain in Washington Monument State Park.
10. Visit Edgar Allen Poe’s Grave
The renowned poet is buried at Westminster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore.