Looking to escape the city while there are still a few weeks left of summer? Hit the road on these scenic road trips from Baltimore or surrounding areas. Return feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever 2020 throws at us next.  

Three hours west of Baltimore sits Deep Creek Lake, a unique destination nestled in the mountains. “Summer days are filled with sunshine and shimmering water as boats and other water-goers glide through the waters,” says deepcreeklake.com. Spend the afternoon exploring some of the several state parks in our area or enjoying the tallest free-falling waterfall in Maryland.

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An easy one-hour drive west to North Virginia puts you in Harper’s Ferry. A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the intersection of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, is like stepping into the past.  Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike the various trails and battlefields.

The one square mile community is located in the mid-Atlantic and is the largest beach resort in the state of Delaware. Known as the “Nation’s Summer Capital”, Rehoboth Beach was historically branded as the get-a-way of choice for beachgoers from Washington, D.C. Today, it is the perfect two-and-a-half-hour escape from Baltimore.

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You don’t have to leave the state to enjoy a relaxing getaway. Ocean City, Maryland is only a few hours east and boasts 10 miles of beautiful beach from the Inlet to the Delaware state line. Enjoy the afternoon walking down the classic wooden boardwalk offering nearly three miles of food, games and shopping.

Not far from Ocean City, lies Assateague Island, a place recreated each day by ocean wind and waves. The island faces the Atlantic Ocean and offers sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests and coastal bays to explore.