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Top 5 Day Trips from Baltimore

Get out of Baltimore for the day and head to one of these destinations just a short ways out of the city! Check out the top 5 day trips from Baltimore.

Staycations can be fun and there’s definitely plenty to see and do in Baltimore itself, but sometimes you just wanna get out of town. Lucky for those of us living in Baltimore there are lots of day trip options! Whether you’re looking for history or nature, or just want to walk around a new city for a day, these nearby destinations will satisfy your day trip urges.

Washington DC

Washington DC Capitol building visit from Baltimore
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A classic day trip from Baltimore, DC is an easy hour-long, $8 MARC train away from Baltimore. Explore the monuments, visit the White House, or check out some museums while there. More ideas:

Assateague Island

Visit Assateague Island on a day trip from Baltimore
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If you’re looking for a beach escape, Assateague Island is an excellent choice. While the 3 hour drive from Baltimore might seem a bit much for a day trip, it’s definitely do-able if you leave early (I’ve done it – twice!). The State Park has bike/walking trails, a long stretch of sandy beach, and even wild ponies who will ransack your lunch cooler right there on the beach ;). You can camp overnight if you’re feeling up for it.

More info: Assateague State Park, Assateague Island National Seashore

Annapolis

Annapolis, Maryland: A day trip from Baltimore
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I lived in Baltimore for 2 years and somehow never made it to Annapolis! #regrets

Apparently Annapolis is a super charming waterfront city with lots of Chesapeake crabs and historic vibes. You can spend the day on the water kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, or sailing on a rented schooner, or explore the historic sites (Annapolis was actually the capital of America in 1783) like the Maryland State House or the US Naval Academy.

More info: Annapolis Tourism Board, 48 Hours in Annapolis from My View from the Middle Seat blog

Harpers Ferry

The view of Harpers Ferry from the main overlook of the hiking trail
The view of Harpers Ferry from the main overlook of the hiking trail

Get down with nature at Harpers Ferry, where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet. You can hop on the Appalachian Trail or walk around the historic town and soak in a bluegrass tune or two. We spent our day trip from Baltimore hiking up to the incredible viewpoint over the entire scene then took a dip in the shallows of the river down below.

More info: Harpers Ferry info from the National Park Service

Mount Vernon

Day trip from Baltimore to Mount Vernon
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Check out George Washington’s plantation just 1.5 hours from Baltimore City. I haven’t been yet but I’m dying to check out, especially given my ongoing obsession with Hamilton (the musical). From what I hear, there’s a lot to see: sprawling grounds, a museum, relaxing views of the Potomac, colonial reenactments and demonstrations…

Bonus: apparently kids love visiting Mount Vernon too.

There’s a cool virtual tour on the Mount Vernon website to get you excited.

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11 comments

    • mishvo says:

      Yeah I haven’t been to Mount Vernon yet but the reviews sound amazing – will definitely have to check it out soon! Harpers Ferry was beautiful, highly recommend

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