The lovely state of Maryland is an awesome place to explore by car. From its beautiful parks to places of scenic and historic significance, you will have an extraordinary journey.
During the Fall migration, when some 35,000 geese and 12,000 ducks fly through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and the leaves on the trees range from a brilliant gold to a solemn red, a drive through this area can be a profound experience indeed.
During the winter, the refuge is home to bald eagles. In fact, chances are in this enchanting reserve you will see something wild and beautiful, whether it is a Delmarva fox squirrel, a peregrine falcon, a nutria or an osprey on the dive for fish.
The moment you drive across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge you will notice life calming down. A drive through this understated and peaceful countryside will remind you of another era from America’s rural past. Here you will find little league baseball games every summer night and the owners of mom-and-pop grocery stores still working behind the counter.
The Eastern Shore is home to a myriad of small port towns, fishing villages and some charming resorts. This isn’t the sort of place you will find the usual standardized resort hotels, (okay you can find those places here in towns like Easton and Ocean City, but why would you want to when you can stay in a cabin on the beach). Here you can rent your own sailboat and take it out on the water in the evening.
The once and always small town heart of Frederick has grown into a pumping municipality as nearby Washington DC expands and enters Maryland. Now the state’s second largest city and an increasingly popular nightspot for the movers and shakers of DC, this city retains its small town feel, (at least before the bar hoppers come out at night). Lining the 33-block historic district, filled with buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, are hosts of antique and crafts shops to delight the most discriminating shopper.