Road To 50 Part 10: Maryland

Full of history, harbors, and a major city, Maryland offers much to explore.

Baltimore.
Baltimore. Photo: Rishi Patel

Known for its famous crab cakes, Maryland is one of those states that stands out for a dish. I find it hard to identify where exactly Maryland fits into the U.S. regions. There can be a case for it being in the South or Northeast. Whatever the case, the oddly shaped state is packed with plenty of attractions, such as: coastlines, history, and mountains in its western corner. I drove through Baltimore, Maryland’s major metro area, as a child, but I recently decided to visit the city again to get an understanding of its culture. Baltimore is nationally perceived as maybe just another history-filled or port city. That’s true, but there is a district in downtown Baltimore called the Inner Harbor which I visited in early June. Was it a tropical vibe? No, but it was a nice, entertaining district. Here are my favorite parts about Maryland:

Waterways

Maryland is unique in the sense that it has coastline literally all over the state. Because of its jagged shape, this has allowed waterways to sneak in all the way up to Baltimore, thus creating the Inner Harbor. Maryland also has the Chesapeake Bay, and of course the Atlantic Ocean. This creates a plethora of water-related activities to do, alongside seeing stellar views of the water in the distance. As for myself, I took a cruise through Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and it was quite peaceful. The further the cruise got from Baltimore, the nicer the skyline looked. There was a sense of nature and history involved in this cruise, as there were views of some navy ships and factories along with some hills and a large bridge in the distance.

Though I have not visited, Ocean City is a famous tourist attraction along the Atlantic Ocean. The town is somewhat similar to Myrtle Beach and Gulf Shores, two places I have mentioned before.

Baltimore

Baltimore Inner Harbor.
Baltimore Inner Harbor. Photo: Rishi Patel

You probably knew I was coming here after reading the intro. However, Baltimore is a nice city, though it does not have a national reputation for being one of the most visited. I visited on a Sunday, so downtown was quiet. Driving through the streets of Baltimore made me realize it’s a large city, though it may be shadowed by neighbors Washington D.C. and New York City. The Inner Harbor was jubilant for a Sunday and it has so much to offer. There are some great private and franchise dining options, boat rentals, harbor cruises, a large aquarium, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and Top of the World Observation Level to see the view from above. A day can easily be spent here, and it provides a modern entertainment district within a major city. The design is unique, as there are some bridges to walk over for pedestrians, a small waterway making its way through a part of the district, and even a unique exterior for the aquarium. It was a hot day, so the least I could do was grab some Shake Shack and roam through the Inner Harbor district.

Inner Harbor, Baltimore.
Inner Harbor, Baltimore. Photo: Rishi Patel

Rishi Patel

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Rishi Patel's passion for writing is almost as great as his passion for traveling. Traveling remains the utmost favorite hobby and pastime for Rishi, which has led him to visit 47 of the 50 U.S. States and he cannot contain his excitement as he tries to reach the milestone of visiting all 50.

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