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Maryland & Washington, D.C. Vacation Spots
Washington, D.C. is a monument to the greatness of the United States. Historic sites, world-class museums, monuments to past leaders and events, and a nation's functioning government are open for the world to visit. Baltimore's inner harbor area, Northern Virginia, and Civil War battlefields are just a short drive away and are replete with fun, as well as educational, vacation spots.
Millions of tourists from all over the world visit the Virginia/D.C./Maryland area every year. Locals and internationals alike flood the museums, shops, and trendy restaurants in the area, all learning about the cultural, historical, political, and entertainment aspects of this dynamic area. In any given moment you'll see people of all nationalities, ages, and languages gathering on the National Mall or picnicking along the river by the White House.
Washington, D.C. Tourist Attractions
Washington, D.C. tourist attractions are too many list, so we'll just offer you a taste of the never-ending options available in our nation's capital. In terms of monuments and national landmarks, you'll find the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the Jefferson Memorial, the Korean War Veteran Memorial, and the Arlington National Cemetery. For museums, you won't want to miss the Air and Space Museum, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Natural History, the International Spy Museum, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum—remember, this is just a tiny sampling!
The museums and historic sites in the D.C. area will attract people from all over the world and from all walks of life. Most of the museums are contained in the National Mall area and are in walking distance from one to the next, but if you choose to attend a museum that's more than a short walk away, the D.C. public transportation system (the METRO) is out of this world—you should have no trouble navigating your way around the beautiful and historic city.
Baltimore, Maryland Tourist Attractions
If you're visiting the D.C. area it would be shame not to visit the nearby Baltimore area. This bustling, tourist-friendly downtown metropolis is home to the popular Inner Harbor. Here you can either stay land-side and visit historic sites, museums, shops, live music events, and places of fine dining, or head out on the water on a rented boat or water taxi. Sites and museums include the Maryland Science Center, USS Constellation, Fort McHenry, the National Aquarium, and Camden Yards (nearby).
Baltimore is also a kids' haven and is loaded with activities for children of all ages. From the kid-friendly shopping malls to Jeepers Indoor Amusement Park to the Maryland Zoo—your family will never want to leave Baltimore!
Maryland Vacation Spots
You'll have no trouble generating a list of vacation spots in Maryland, a state loaded with tourist attractions that will attract all members of your family. A few highlights include Planet Fun, Six Flags America, Water Park at Bohrer Park (Gaithersburg), Catoctin Mountain Park, Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, Port Discovery, Antietam National Battlefield Park, and Fort Washington Park. And that's just in the greater Baltimore area! Travel just a bit northwest and you'll get the chance to expand your historic time travel with a visit to the Gettysburg National Cemetery, the Eisenhower National Historic Site, and the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
Baltimore, Maryland & Washington, D.C. Road Trip Getaway Planner
Staying in a convenient D.C. location means you don't need a car. Take 3-5 days to see the capital and another 3-5 days touring the area outside of the city, including at least a day in Baltimore, Maryland. The city is ideal for museum lovers, history buffs, romantics, and families who are looking for a vacation trip getaway located with tourist attractions.
Start to plan your Baltimore to Washington road trip using Google's map of DC on the relevant TripCart pages.
Tourist Attractions and Highlights in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland