Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Baltimore

Evergreen Museum

Well worth the drive out, this grand 19th-century mansion provides a fascinating glimpse into upper-class Baltimore life of the 1800s. The house is packed with fine art and masterpieces of the decorative arts – incl…
Top Choice Museum in Baltimore

American Visionary Art Museum

Housing a jaw-dropping collection of self-taught (or 'outsider' art), AVAM is a celebration of unbridled creativity utterly free of arts-scene pretension. You'll find broken-mirror collages, homemade robots and flyi…
Top Choice Museum in Baltimore

Walters Art Museum

Don't pass up this excellent, eclectic gallery: it spans more than 55 centuries, from ancient to contemporary, with excellent displays of Asian treasures, rare and ornate manuscripts and books, and a comprehensive …
State Park in Southern Maryland

Calvert Cliffs State Park

In Southern Maryland, 75 miles south of Baltimore via US-301 and MD-4, skinny Calvert County scratches at the Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River. This is a gentle landscape ("user-friendly" as a local ranger puts…
Aquarium in Baltimore

National Aquarium

Standing seven stories high and capped by a glass pyramid, this is widely considered to be the best aquarium in America, with 20,000 creatures of more than 700 species, a rooftop rainforest, a central ray pool and a…
Wildlife Reserve in Eastern Shore

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

The Atlantic Flyway is the main route birds take between northern and southern migratory trips, and in an effort to give our fine feathered friends a bit of a rest stop, the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge was e…
Historic Site in Western Maryland

Antietam National Battlefield

The site of the bloodiest day in American history is now, ironically, supremely peaceful, quiet and haunting – uncluttered save for plaques and statues. On September 17, 1862, General Robert E Lee's first invasion o…
State Park in Southern Maryland

Point Lookout State Park

The western shore of Maryland – that is, the western peninsula created by Chesapeake Bay – terminates here, in a preserved space of lagoons, pine woods and marshes managed by Point Lookout State Park. There's a play…
Museum in Eastern Shore

Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

Our favorite spot in Crisfield is the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. It's a museum based on...well, duck decoys. Let's put it another way – a museum built around a little-known but fascinating art form that was largel…
State Park in Maryland

Patapsco Valley State Park

The Patapsco river and river valley are the defining geographic features of the region, running through Central Maryland to the Chesapeake Bay. To explore the area, head to Patapsco Valley State Park, an enormous pr…