The Most Beautiful Places in Maryland

Get a flavour of Berlin, Maryland with a walk through the streets
Get a flavour of Berlin, Maryland with a walk through the streets | © Thomas Haensgen / Alamy Stock Photo
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Freelance Writer2 June 2021

The state of Maryland is full of incredible towns and natural wonders. There are amazing panoramic views around the Chesapeake Bay and plenty of natural attractions to keep you occupied and ready to bring out your camera. Make a day trip out of visiting one or more of these fantastic picturesque places.

Town of Daniels

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Saint Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church
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Daniels is an old, abandoned town located in what is now known as the Patapsco Valley State Park, which extends around the Patapsco River, near Ellicott City, Maryland. What’s left of this small town is a sight to behold, as it used to be a town full of textile mill workers. When you visit, you will be able to see what this town used to be; you’ll see abandoned cars, an old church, and structures washed away by years of rain and outside elements. This town is fascinating as you can see by what’s been left behind the lives people lived at one point in time, and the surrounding scenery is serene and quiet.

Cunningham Falls State Park

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Cunningham Falls, Cunningham Falls State Park, Thurmont, Maryland, USA
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The Cunningham Falls State Park is a fascinating place to visit as it’s not only located in the mountains but has a picturesque waterfall and many outdoor family activities, such as camping and hiking. If you love trekking through the mountains while taking original photos of your hike, you’ll enjoy spending time here in this state park. Cabins are also available if you wish to camp overnight in this park as well.

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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USA Baltimore Maryland MD Inner Harbor city waterfront day summer Chesapeake Lightship aquarium
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The Baltimore Inner Harbor is perfect for sightseeing and exploring the downtown area of Baltimore. There are numerous tall skyscrapers, ships, water views, and industrial buildings on the waterfront. One building that brings beauty and industry to Baltimore is the headquarters of Under Armour, located in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore. The city is full of life, industry, and intriguing views to the average person who loves to explore and see new things.

Deep Creek Lake

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Relaxing by the water at Silver Tree Marina on Deep Creek Lake, Thayerville, Maryland, USA
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Deep Creek Lake is the perfect getaway as it’s secluded, yet there are various activities for you and your family to participate in during your stay. Deep Creek has many vacation rentals for local Marylanders to use during the winter months for a getaway. There are cabins and huge houses, great for girls’ trips, family vacations, bridal party getaways, etc. You’re able to bring your own food, liquor, drinks, snacks, games, plus more and enjoy the natural surroundings of the lake and the mountains.

Assateague Island

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Assateague Island, a popular camping site on a 37-mile long island on the Maryland, USA coast, where wild horses live.
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Assateague Island is not your typical park or place to camp overnight. This island also has a beach, with various wildlife roaming free throughout the park. If you visit Assateague Island, you’ll see wild horses roaming on the beach and waterfowl walking through the marshes. This state park gives you the perfect oceanfront view as you relax on the beach and feel the sand underneath your feet.

Annapolis

Architectural Landmark
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View of city dock and the Maryland State House, historic Annapolis, Maryland, USA.
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Annapolis is the capital of the state of Maryland. Annapolis is, therefore, a city full of history and character for tourists and locals. There is entertaining nightlife in downtown Annapolis but you can take a break by looking at Chesapeake Bay views. Annapolis is close to the Chesapeake Bay so there are many hotels and restaurants with exquisite oceanfront sights, providing perfect moments to capture in your mind and your camera.

St. Michaels

Architectural Landmark
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Historic buildings Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum St. Michaels Maryland MD USA North America. Image shot 04/2010. Exact date unknown.
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St. Michaels is another small but unfrequented town, as it’s mainly known for its fresh seafood and relaxed way of life. Many who live in St. Michaels have always lived here or have lived in one of the surrounding areas off of the Chesapeake Bay and moved to be a part of the town. This town is small but has a rich story, as years ago, it was known for mainly seafood processing and shipbuilding. Now it’s known for fantastic Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, victorian-style homes, and maritime ancestry.

Berlin

Architectural Landmark, Historical Landmark
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Berlin, Maryland, Downtown
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Berlin, Maryland, is an extremely small town known for being a cultural and essential part of the Eastern Shore. The town of Berlin is historical in nature and has architecture ranging from victorian-style to the 20th-century. On the Main Street of Berlin, you’ll find various shopping and dining experiences as you overlook the rich, historical nuances of the town.

Easton

Architectural Landmark, Historical Landmark
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Easton, MD, USA 04-16-2021: View from the Thompson Park and the City center of the historic town of Easton, the seat of Talbot County on the Eastern s
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Easton, Maryland, marks the halfway point on your drive to Ocean City, Maryland. Easton is a part of the Eastern Shore and is another small town with a deep history. This town only has a population of roughly 16,000+ individuals who love living on the Eastern Shore. Easton is right over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, so if you’re scared to drive over bridges, this isn’t a town you’ll want to visit. The place is rich in cultural heritage and it has gourmet dining in its downtown area and a winery.

Solomons Island

Architectural Landmark, Historical Landmark
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Maryland, Drum Point Lighthouse, Solomons Island
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Solomons Island is located in Calvert County, Maryland, where the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River meet. This is a small town located right on the water and takes pride in its ships and the docks to provide fresh seafood, water-based leisure activities, as well as picturesque views daily. This town also has many art galleries, small shops, and local music concerts everyone can enjoy.

Kent Island

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Mears Point Marina, Kent Island, MD.
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Kent Island, Maryland, is a small town which sits at the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay bridge. It’s easy to drive right past this small area. The water views are spectacular, however, and the food and dining experiences in Kent Island rival none. There are steak and seafood houses, a crab shack, and a crab house, to name just a few restaurants. This island is truly something beautiful to behold as it not only gives you views of the water, but you have views of the bridge from various angles if you enjoy capturing special moments on camera.

Cambridge

Architectural Landmark, Historical Landmark
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The Choptank River Light, a screw-pile lighthouse, is located near Cambridge, Maryland in the Chesapeake Bay, USA
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Cambridge is another small town located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland known for its spectacular water views, fresh seafood, and special events. Cambridge is situated on the Choptank River, where there is a magnificent lighthouse used to guide ships along the river. This area is rich in history and community as it’s a town virtually located on the water.

These recommendations were updated on June 2, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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