Thanks to COVID-19, international trips aren’t really a thing, and even crossing state lines isn’t recommended. But there’s so much you can do right here in Maryland -- and it’ll hardly make a dent in your gas tank. Take one of these easy, cheap, and fun day trips in the Old Line state and make some memories without going far.
See all kinds of animals at the Salisbury Zoo
Did you know there’s a free zoo on the Eastern Shore? Spend an afternoon strolling the beautiful grounds of this Salisbury treasure, which is indeed open during the COVID-19 pandemic (the hours have just been limited a bit). You can come face to face with a bald eagle, a jaguar, or a red wolf, just to name a few.
Photo via Salisbury Zoo
Hunt for fossils at Calvert Cliffs
If you prefer ancient critters to modern ones, well, why not head to Calvert Cliffs outside of Lusby? A two-mile walk through lush Calvert Cliffs State Park leads to the shoreline, where fossilized shark teeth often wash up on the shore. It’s a great way to get some exercise, see the beauty of nature here in Maryland, and maybe even end up with a new treasure.
Photo via DNR Maryland
Take the perfect Insta photo at the Patterson Park Pagoda
Parks are some of the best free socially distant places you can go these days! Maryland has some great ones, but only Patterson Park in Baltimore can you find this gorgeous structure, which was inspired by the pagodas of east Asia. No matter what time of year you go, you’ll be sure to get the perfect snapshot.
Photo via Patterson Park
Soak up the historic beauty of Old Ellicott City
If you’ve never been to Old Ellicott City, now’s a great time to see it. It’s been through its share of tough times, but that just makes it even more important to support its small businesses that are still open. Enjoy its elegant architecture and old buildings. You can even go on a walking tours and explore this quaint area’s fascinating (and maybe even spooky) history.
Photo via Visit Old Ellicott City
Head to Swallow Falls State Park for a hike
If you’re in the western part of the state, why not go for a hike? You can take in the splendor of the waterfalls, trees, rock formations and winding rivers (and maybe even go kayaking if the weather is nice and you’re feeling particularly adventurous). Spending time alone in the woods is the most relaxing way to socially distance!
Photo via DNR Maryland
Journey back in time at Antietam Battlefield
Want to learn a little more about Maryland’s role in Civil War? Head to Antietam, where one of the bloodiest battles in American history took place back in 1862. Whether you’re more interested in hunting ghosts, learning about war history, or just taking in the eerie beauty of this place that is now protected by the National Park Service, heading up to Sharpsburg is a must.
Photo via nps.gov