The Best Day Trips from Baltimore

Annapolis | ©Charlie Stinchcomb/Flickr
Annapolis | ©Charlie Stinchcomb/Flickr

Sometimes you just need a break from the Charm City life. To tame the travel bug, or if you just want to satisfy that craving for a road trip, here are some of the best and easy day trips from Baltimore, all within easy drive of the city. Whether you want to go explore a charming town by the bay, or a quick beach getaway, consider an excursion to one of these destinations.


Within a half hour drive of Baltimore city limits is the charming and historical city of Annapolis. There are plenty of cultural and historical attractions (Naval Academy, State House), but it is also a great destination to wander the cobblestone streets to do some shopping, eat fresh seafood, or get out on the water by renting a boat.

Annapolis | ©m01229/Flickr

Sandy Point State Park

This state park is located just outside of Annapolis and is a popular summertime destination for swimming, fishing, and hiking. The beach is at one end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and has great views of the bridge. There are plenty of sandy stretches to get your beach games on, or just take a dip in the water and get some sun.

Sandy Point State Park | © Mr.TinDC /Flickr

St. Michaels

A little over an hour away from Baltimore, the charming Eastern shore town of St. Michaels is well worth a day trip or even a weekend getaway. Wander around the town and explore galleries and antique stores, go wine tasting at St. Michael’s winery, get a taste of spirits at Lyon Distilery, and feast on fresh seafood near the water. If you are interested in maritime history, stop by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

Courtesy of Visit St.Michaels

Chesapeake Beach

If you don’t have the time to get away to popular Ocean City, the Chesapeake Beach is a great alternative. This resort town, about an hour from Baltimore, has a boardwalk, restaurants, a water park, and more. Finish your day on the water with amazing seafood and magnificent bay views.

Chesapeake Beach | © Sandu Antonescu/Flickr

Washington, DC

No matter what time of the year, Washington DC always has a number of things to do and see. Check out a museum along the National Mall, or get a delicious meal at one of the new restaurants in town, catch a show at the Kennedy Center, or just go walk around the ever-changing city!

Washington, DC | © Richard Ricciardi/Flickr


Spend a day out at the wineries and distillery in Frederick, Maryland. The locally-owned wineries offer a variety of wine, gorgeous vistas of the countryside, and make for a perfect day outing from Baltimore. End your day at one of the restaurants in the city of Frederick before heading back home. Or do a Frederick Food tour to get a sample of the city’s best eats!

Courtesy of Elk Run Vineyard

Gunpowder Falls State Park

This is one of Maryland’s largest state parks and is conveniently located under 20 miles from Baltimore. The park itself has over 100 miles of hiking, running, and walking trails, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking, fly fishing, and even bird watching. If you are looking for an outdoor adventure, Gunpowder Falls State Park is a great spot.

Gunpowder Falls State Park | © Larissa Smith/Flickr

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