TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN MARYLAND BY BIKE

August 07, 2017

TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN MARYLAND BY BIKE

A trip back in time. This seems to be Maryland.

Here you will feel and interesting mix between nostalgia and new adventures. The historical places are surrounded by challenging gorgeous natural landscapes and you can have them both in one memorable trip. 

 

1. Annapolis

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One of the most important historic cities in the entire USA.

It has lots of fun things to do and is an interesting place to explore. As one of the most scenic towns in the Mid-Atlantic region, Annapolis has a variety of museums and historic sites as well as great shopping, restaurants and special events. There is so much to do and see in this beautiful town.

The state's Capital is one of the most walkable cities in the country and consistently named one of the top ten places in America to live. As the first time in Annapolis, you should go to the one place everyone visits and take a tour of, the U.S. Naval Academy. Before taking a break, hop on your bike and go to see the Maryland State House, the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use, dating to 1772. The current building, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960. But now it’s time to have a relaxing break!

The best place is Quiet Waters Park, situated between the South River and Harness Creek. Visitors can enjoy trails winding through forests and past grassy fields, children’s playground, or picnic among 340 acres of beautiful park land.

 

2. Baltimore

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World class museums, thriving arts and culture districts, history, nightlife, music and more, make Baltimore the urban jewel of Chesapeake country.

First you’re here, hit the Harbor Place, an attractive modern complex with two glass-enclosed pavilions in historical style, is both a shopping centre and market, with large number of shops, restaurants and open spaces.

Street artists display their skills in the Amphitheater on the Promenade. Then, park your bike for a while and visit Baltimore Museum of Art, because here is the world's largest collection of works by Matisse. We though it was in Pompidou.

Museum hosts other giants of art as Picasso, Cezanne, van Gogh. If you are a Warhol fan, you will find his works also. As for en entire bike day, choose Druid Hill Park or Patterson Park…or, more romantic, Canton Waterfront Park.

 

3. Aberdeen

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Located just 26 miles from Baltimore this is a small and very charming city of Maryland.

Too little to take a ride? Don’t get fooled! Susquehanna State Park in Aberdeen offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.

The park is home to some of the most popular mountain biking trails in Maryland and the river itself beckons fishermen and boaters alike.

The park also contains a family friendly campground with traditional campsites and cabins. History buffs will be drawn to the restored Rock Run Historic Area with its working gristmill, the Carter-Archer Mansion, Jersey Toll House and the remains of the Susquehanna & Tidewater Canal. The river offers excellent fishing opportunities, including pike, perch, and bass for shoreline anglers or boating anglers who launch from the Lapidum Boat Ramp.

 

4. Rockville

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Vibrant, highly educated, business-friendly home to some of the nation’s and the world’s most prominent biomed and technology companies. And recently bikesharing is in Rockville!

Once you are here, enjoy a world class city with a hometown feel in Rockville's Town Center.

Featuring fantastic amenities, unique locally owned shops and restaurants, a pedestrian-friendly Town Square and the seat of county and city government, Rockville's Town Center is a dynamic and thriving neighborhood to visit. But, maybe, you want more outdoor activity by bike. Then take a ride to Lake Needwood, a great place to start your outdoor adventure. 

In 2016, Rockville was recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze level by the League of American Bicyclists.

 

5. Historic Downtown Frederick

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If you are in love with European towns, you’ll will enjoy Frederick for sure.

More than 200 specialty shops, art galleries, cultural venues and restaurants can be found in bustling Downtown Frederick.

From antiques to handcrafted jewelry and home furnishings to cool clothing, Downtown Frederick has something to offer for every taste. The canal running through downtown, with multiple bridges, fountains and great landscaping could make any city jealous. This is a great weekend getaway that will delight you with the charm of a small town and the culinary prowess of a big city.

The downtown area is lovely and the spectacular Carrol Creek area and restaurants galore, will show one better than the next.

 

6. Chesapeake City

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Chesapeake City’s Victorian charm make it a favorite for those seeking a weekend getaway or a vacation retreat.

This is also a city with great historical value, as can be seen by its presence in the National Historic Registry.

Here you can enjoy the small bourgeois pleasures. Yes, we had something in mind when we said that. You should pay a visit to Chateau Bu-De Winery And Vineyard, and have a delightful wine tasting with beautiful views of the Bohemia River.

Don’t forget about your biking passion, because you have the newly completed Ben Cardin C&D Canal Trail. The Trailhead to Maryland’s portion of this new waterfront trail sits at the foot of North Chesapeake City’s Lock Street, adjacent to the town Ferry Dock.

In season, Chesapeake City’s Town Ferry is available for trail users to cross the canal to the South Side of Chesapeake City for shopping and more dining opportunities. Bike racks are installed at the Trailhead and at Schaefers Restaurant.

 

7. Assateague Island National Seashore

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Over 37 miles of beautiful beach, considered one of best beaches on the entire East Coast.

Assateague Island is a great vacation destination within easy reach for many East Coast residents.

Sightseeing cruises, kayak tours, crabbing, bird watching, fishing, hunting, biking and other activities continually make this a paradise for visitors that enjoy outdoor recreation. Search for seashells as you walk the pristine white sands, or enjoy swimming in the picturesque waves along the Atlantic. Bikes are a great way to get around Assteague Island National Seashore, both in the Maryland and the Virginia sections of the park.

There are plenty of roads and paved trails to ride on. A non-separated bike lane runs to the campground and on to South Ocean Beach, making it possible to get to all beaches and the most popular campground without riding in the street. The bike lanes make it as safe as possible for kids to bike with you as well. Enjoy Assateague Island National Seashore on an Elegant White Cruiser Saddle. 

 

8. Swallow Falls State Park

 

This mountain park is located nine miles north of Oakland, Maryland and contains some of Maryland's most breathtaking scenery.

The Youghiogheny River flows along the park's borders, passing through shaded rocky gorges and creating rippling rapids. Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53-foot waterfall with a spectacular sight.

The main trail is only for hiking, but it worth to park your bike and explore this beauty of nature.

 

9. Fell's Point

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Fell's Point is a beautiful waterfront community in perpetual celebration of Baltimore's British nautical roots.

The neighborhood's visage has remained largely unchanged since its founding but especially this  attracted many visitors. Fell's Point is still home to over 350 original colonial period buildings including the oldest house in Baltimore (now a museum), built in 1765.

How does it sound to walk near buildings over 240 years old? You can do that in your Ghost Walking tour.

Can you believe they have here a Ghost Walking tour? Yes, they do!  The tour takes visitors on a journey through the haunted bars, pubs, and other sites where spirits of the past are thought to still dwell. Also you’ve probably never tried Water taxi? You have to. It’s a cheap and efficient way to travel around the extensive harbor and visit some of the other neighborhoods. Only $14 for a full day adult pass. If you will come with your kids, you must give them a tour with the Urban Pirates. They will be so excited!

 

10. Downs Park

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There is much to do at Downs Park! Picnic areas, playground, paved trails, nature trails, fishing, and more.

What is really fab is that here you have even a beach for your dog! How cool is that?! It’s called the Dog Beach, not so unpredictable, to be clear for anyone. Is a fantastic place for new dogs to learn to swim or veteran canine swimmers to enjoy some time in the water. Once you and your dog are done with the water fun, go for a walk on the more than 5 miles of trails through the park.

This people working here are doing their best indeed, they also have a program through which you can Adopt an Owl. No, you will not take it with you home, but you will help them live longer and better. We were impressed!

Maryland is a cool destination. We were impressed of the charming places found here and now we are nostalgic about leaving. Definitely a place to return!

 





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