Maryland may be small, but it’s packed with natural beauty and fun things to do. From the mountains to the coastline, this diverse state offers visitors a blend of modern life and history. Explore one of Maryland's 18 scenic byways, including the Historic National Road through the mountains or the Chesapeake Country Byway through the state’s waterfront villages. Hike the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, a complex and illuminating network of trails that allows you to delve into US history. Or board a boat and experience Maryland's coast from the Chesapeake Bay. No matter how you decide to view it, a trip to Maryland with your pet is one you'll never forget.
Best Time To Visit
Summer is the hottest season in Maryland--both in terms of weather and tourism. With festivals, fairs, and the beach resorts drawing visitors, it's also the most expensive time to visit. The shoulder seasons in May, October, and November are better for pet travelers and those looking for a vacation that's easier on the wallet. More beaches allow pets in the off-season, there are fewer crowds, and the weather is still quite nice. In the mountains, this is a great time for hiking, biking, and enjoying the fall colors. Winter gets popular again with visitors from the DC area coming up for short ski trips.
Things Not To Miss
Visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, take a walk on the Nature Trail, and browse the shops in the picturesque waterfront village of St. Michaels.
Hop aboard a pet friendly cruise of the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Baltimore, or St. Michaels.
Hit the pet friendly beach at Assateague Island National Seashore and watch for the wild Chincoteague ponies.
Explore the site of one of the most significant clashes in the United States Civil War at Antietam National Battlefield.
Take a week-long road trip exploring cities, waterways, history, and culture along the Chesapeake Bay Loop.
Hike the trails, play along the shore, or camp under the stars at Deep Creek Lake State Park in Swanton.
Enjoy the spectacular views from the pet friendly trails at Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont.
For nearly 100 years the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal was a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber, and agricultural products floated down the waterway to market. Today you can enjoy this pathway while discovering historical, natural, and recreational treasures.