One of the perks of living in Baltimore is your proximity to other major cities, landmarks and sites that make a great day trip. Charming towns, historic battlefields, national parks, amusement parks and a variety of other destinations are less than a tank of gas away.
Whether you are looking for something to do for a day or an entire weekend, Baltimore’s prime location to so many different areas will cure your cabin fever.
ZBest Worldwide has been providing superior Baltimore car service for all types of day trips for years. If you’re planning an upcoming weekend or day trip outside of Charm City, take some inspiration from our favorite spots.
1. Gunpowder Falls State Park
Middle River, MD
Just 20 miles from downtown Baltimore, Gunpowder Falls State Park is an ideal destination for an afternoon picnic or a day-long hike. At more than 18,000 acres, it’s one of the largest state parks in Maryland, with over 120 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking, running and walking. Visit in the summer time to go fishing, kayaking, canoeing or swimming.
2. Smith Island
Time stands still on Smith Island, only 3 hours from Baltimore. On the ferry ride to the island, you’ll be met with gorgeous views of the water, marsh and wildlife. Don’t forget your camera! Spend the day fishing or kayaking in the marsh, and treat yourself to a delicious crab cake from Drum Point Market. You can’t leave without trying an authentic slice of Smith Island cake. It’s the official state dessert of Maryland and is made up of a dozen thin, individually baked layers and is usually topped with chocolate fudge icing.
Maryland’s state capital — not to mention a charming historic community — is only 30 minutes from Baltimore. Annapolis offers something for every visitor. Rent kayaks and explore Anne Arundel County’s 533 miles of shoreline; chow down on world-famous Maryland Blue Crabs at a waterfront restaurant; shop for treasures in boutiques along brick-lined streets; or take a tour of the Naval Academy. With so many entertainment options for so many types of interests, Annapolis is a perfect destination for a day trip or weekend getaway.
4. Solomons Island
You don’t have to go far to get away. Solomons Island is a great escape, and it’s just under 2 hours from Baltimore. The picturesque waterfront community is located in Calvert County where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay.
Visit the Calvert Marine Museum, which is home to the Drum Point Lighthouse, one of three remaining screw-pile lighthouses on the Chesapeake. The museum also runs cruises out on the Chesapeake via two authentic, wooden work boats.
Solomons Island has attractions year round. The Taste of Solomons food festival is held every March; a fireworks display is set off every July 4; and the Solomons Plein Air Festival is every September.
5. Washington, D.C.
Our country’s capital is more than the nation’s governing body; it’s a day trip destination. Washington, D.C. is approximately 40 miles south of Baltimore, and the range of activities it offers is enough to warrant a visit longer than a single day.
Washington, D.C. is home to countless historical sites, monuments and museums, like the National Mall, the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo. It’s also a cultural hub, with institutions like the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art.
6. George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon, VA
Mount Vernon is the 500-acre plantation home of first President George Washington and wife, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. Although his father built the home in 1735, it was until 1752 when Washington took up residence and spent the next several decades expanding the home into a lavish 21-room mansion.
Mount Vernon has since been restored to its former glory and appears just as it did in 1799. In addition to the mansion, the homestead also includes several outbuildings, stables and gardens. It’s only 60 miles south of Baltimore, and the perfect educational day trip destination for families.