Not exactly Northern yet not exactly Southern, you may wonder what in Maryland is worth seeing other than Baltimore and DC. With a state flag based on English heraldry, the state is fondly referred to as “Little America” for it’s four seasons and varied terrain.

From mountains in the west to beaches in the east, Maryland has a bit of everything and whether you’re looking for a sweet seaside escape or a cultural weekend getaway, we have you covered.

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Family Fun on the Boardwalk

While you may have heard of Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City, MD is just as summer-tastic. With 10 miles of free beaches, boardwalks, and a summer concert series, family fun in the sun just got elevated. Enjoy alternating between famous Maryland crab cakes, saltwater taffy, Delmarva fried chicken, amusement rides, and arcades on what’s been called “America’s best boardwalk for food.” Just don’t eat too much before riding the ‘coasters. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Photo Credit: Cody Wms

Ponies and Playtime

The Outer Banks in North Carolina aren’t the only place where horses run free. Known for its beaches and feral ponies, Assateague Island is a protected area managed by not one, but three national agencies. It’s unclear exactly how the Chincoteague Ponies got to the island, but rumor has it that they escaped a shipwrecked cargo boat and swam to shore. 37 miles of pristine beaches, inland pine forest, and salt marshes, this unique ecosystem is best explored by four wheel, kayak, or by taking an official wildlife tour.

Photo Credit: Charlie Stinchcomb

Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay “Sailing Capital of the World”

Home of the Naval Academy, Annapolis is a mecca for people with a passion for all things water. With sailing schools, regattas, and weeknight races, whether you want to rent a SUP, canoe, kayak, tour the sites, go windsurfing, kitesurfing, or fishing, it’s all possible in the inland estuary of the Chesapeake Bay. Snap pictures of the famous lighthouse and drive across the scariest bridge in America, but to feel like you’re getting even further off the grid, leave your car at home and step back in time at Smith Island, Maryland’s only inhabited offshore island, accessible only by ferry from Crisfield, Maryland.