National Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the Cherry trees given by Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo in March 27, 1912 to the District of Columbia. In Japanese culture, Sakura flowers (otherwise known as Cherry flowers) are deeply embedded in Japanese art and tradition symbolizing the arrival of Spring.
Canyonlands

Canyonlands

Canyonlands National Park is a U.S. National Park located in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab. It preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their respective tributaries. The park is divided into four districts: the Island in...
Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley is a state park located in Utah known for its hoodoo rock formations. The park’s name originated from hoodoo rocks locally referred to as goblins. The hoodoos are mushroom-shaped rock formations that can rise as high as several meters. The distinct shape of these rocks comes from an...
Everglades

Everglades

The Everglades National Park is one of the largest and most important National Parks in the U.S. The Everglades is a World Heritage site, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance. The park protects 1.5 million acres of ecosystems which are vital to hundreds of species of...
Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne (German: Vierwaldstättersee or “Lake of the Four Forested Cantons”) is located in the predominantly German speaking area of Switzerland and is the fifth largest lake in the Swiss Confederation. The lake has a complicated shape extending from the city of Lucerne to the Swiss Alps. It has a...
Stony Man

Stony Man

Stony Man is the second highest peak (3765 ft) in Shenandoah National Park. Stony Man and Little Stony Man are two of the most scenic circuit hikes in Shenandoah National Park. The trail to the Stony Man cliffs leads you to a magnificent view of the Shenandoah Valley and the...
Great Falls National Park

Great Falls National Park

The Great Falls National Park is located along the banks of the Potomac River between the states of Viginia (Fairfax) and Maryland (Potomac). It is a part of the National Park Service (NPS) and George Washington Memorial Parkway. The park is roughly around 800 acres which includes one of the...
Mount Stanserhorn

Mount Stanserhorn

Mount Stanserhorn is located in Switzerland at an elevation of 1898 meters (6227 feet) above sea level. In 1893, a funicular railway was built to transport people from the base of the mountain to the summit. The upper section of the railway was replaced in the 1970s by a cable...
Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park is a nice family beach destination close to the DC area. It is located on the Chesapeake Bay at the last exit before the Bay Bridge. From the beach area you can get a nice view of the bridge as it stretches all the way across the bay....
Mary's Rock

Mary’s Rock

Mary’s Rock has an elevation of 3,514 feet (1,071 m) located in the central section of the Shenandoah National Park. The peak is just south of the Thornton Gap (Shenandoah National Park Entrance) and north of the taller Pinnacles Overlook. Mary’s Rock is the eighth highest peak in Shenandoah National...
Pinnacle Overlook

Pinnacle Overlook

The Pinnacle Overlook is a nice 5-6 mile hike starting near Kelly’s Run, a small tributary that branch off the Susquehana River. The parking area Holtwood park was pretty boring, but the trail near the run was gorgeous. Overall, I enjoyed doing this trail and I was surprised by view...
White House

White House

The White House is one of the most famous buildings in the world; it has survived being burned in the War of 1812, and after reconstruction and expansion, it now has 132 rooms and 55,000 square feet of space. The White House has been the home of every president since...
National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of Natural History

The National Museum of Natural History is located on the National Mall in Washington D.C. and managed by the Smithsonian Institution. The cost of admission is free and the museum is open year round. The museum have one of the largest collections of specimens totaling over 500 million that includes...
National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) is a part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.. It holds the largest collection of airplanes and spacecraft in the world. In 1976, the museum was established and became the center for research on the history and science of aviation and spaceflight....
Brunswick Railroad Museum

Brunswick Railroad Museum

The Brunswick Railroad Museum is located in Brunswick, MD not far from the train station. The museum focuses on the construction of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and its impact on the area. The museum covers three floors of a historic building. The first floor has some exhibits and a...
Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns is a large cave system located in Luray, Virginia. The drive from Maryland to the caverns can take between two and three hours total. You will drive for an hour through the Shenandoah Valley, so you will have a beautiful view of the Appalachian mountains. I recommend making...
Baltimore National Aquarium

Baltimore National Aquarium

The Baltimore Aquarium is one of Baltimore’s main tourist destination. It includes flora and fauna from different ecosystem ranging from reefs, bays, rivers, and tropical jungle. Recently, they added the Australian Reef and the 4D experience. The Australian reefs have bats, crocodiles, and fish exhibits...
Ellicott City

Ellicott City

Ellicott City is an unincorporated community located in Howard County near Baltimore. The town features shops, restaurants, off the beat stores, coffee shops, a bakery, a tea room, wine stores and the B&O Railroad Museum Ellicott City Station. It is a very popular destination among antiques shoppers ...
Ellicott Firehouse Museum

Ellicott Firehouse Museum

The Ellicott Firehouse Museum was Howard County's first firehouse. The structure was built around 1889 and exhibits wide array of fire apparatus, hoses, nozzles and other historical firefighting gear. It also has visual history of Howard County's Volunteer Fire Department. The fire house was ...
B & O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station

B & O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station

The B & O RailRoad Museum: Ellicott City Station is located near the Ellicott City bridge. It’s a part of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad network extending from the East Coast to the midwest. It is the oldest surviving railroad station in America and it was the (original) last...
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry Historic District is a great place to visit and its only one hour away from either Baltimore or DC. We are only suppose to cover historic districts that are in Maryland, but we just have to make an exception. There’s just too many fun things to do in this...
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is the most powerful waterfalls in the US. It is located on the Niagara River where Lake Erie drains on Lake Ontario. It composed of two major sections separated by Goat Island. It includes the Horseshoe Falls (Canadian side) and the American Falls (U.S.) and the smaller Bridal...
Thomas Isaac Log Cabin

Thomas Isaac Log Cabin

The Thomas Isaac Log Cabin is named after its owner and was built around 1780 by one of the first Ellicott Mills settlers. It is believed to be the first structures built in Ellicott City, Maryland. The cabin was reconstructed in the late 20th century and serve as a historical...
Baker Park

Baker Park

Baker Park takes up about 40 acres of land in the historic part of downtown Frederick. The park has a pool, baseball fields, tennis courts, a playground, and picnic areas. There are a few sites of interest inside the park including Carroll Creek, Culler Lake, the Joseph D. Baker Bell...

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Maryland Seafood Festival

Maryland Seafood Festival

The Maryland Seafood Festival showcases Maryland’s greatest natural resource–The Chesapeake Bay (and its tributaries). The festival is held every year at Sandy Point State Park, which is next to the bay and has a nice view of the Bay Bridge. To highlight the importance of the bay this year, the Chesapeake Bay Trust provided a “fishmobile” with local wildlife viewing. Among the animals were horseshoe crabs, seahorses, crabs, and turtles. Sandy Point State Park has a nice visitor center with additional exhibits. During the festival, Sandy Point State Park is...

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