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Can't Afford To Get Away? There's Plenty To Do In Maryland


Annapolis, MD - Summer may be coming to a close, but there's still time to take a little trip. But what if your budget is keeping you from jumping on the next plane to Orlando or Cancun? More than 50% of Millennials and Generation Xers say cost is a barrier to leisure travel, and around 45% of Baby Boomers agree. Fortunately, if you're not able to devote a boatload of cash to your getaway, there's still plenty to see and do right here in Maryland.

Head To Havre de Grace
This Harford County town in the Upper Chesapeake Bay area has a number of fascinating and quirky attractions to offer. Havre de Grace has five different museums to explore, each with their own twist on history. The Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House houses an impressive (yet miniature) canal lock model, while the Decoy Museum shows why Havre de Grace is known as the "Decoy Capital of the World." There's also the Maritime Museum, the Concord Point Lighthouse and Keeper’s House Museum, and the Steppingstone Farm Museum, all of which showcase the region's rich past and present. The Cultural Center at the Opera House is the place to go for entertainment. Plus, there's no shortage of charming accommodations, if you decide to stay overnight.

Stay In St. Michael's
Recently named by Orbitz as Maryland's most under-rated Eastern Shore destination, St. Michael's is about to get much more popular. Known as being "still wonderfully under-the-radar and equally charming," this historic spot was originally established as a tobacco trading post in the 1600s. These days, it's more well-known for its water access, its mom-and-pop stores, and its amazing crab. Whether you're a fan of breweries and wineries or ice cream parlors and cafes are more your speed, you'll definitely find something to love here. Hop on a sailboat or simply stroll down Main Street for a taste of what this hidden gem has to offer.

Arrive In Annapolis
While Annapolis is more widely recognized than the first two destinations on this list, that doesn't mean you should skip it. The state's capital is also known as the "Sailing Capital of the World," so if you're a boat lover, be sure to stop by. In addition, there are more 18th century buildings in Annapolis than in any other town in America. History buffs will love touring the William Paca House, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Maryland State House, and the Banneker-Douglas Museum. Of course, Annapolis has loads of fantastic restaurants to enjoy, too.

Flock To Frederick
Thinking of waiting until fall for your getaway? Frederick, MD is the perfect place to appreciate the changing seasons. Its restored historic downtown district is a draw for visitors from far and wide, and its world class restaurants can't be beat. Frederick is rich in American history: you can see Francis Scott Key's final resting place, visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, or go to the Brunswick Heritage Railroad Museum. And if you like to be scared, explore the city with the Candlelight Ghost Tours -- it's not called Maryland's most haunted city for nothing!

Even if you missed all of the great things to do in Maryland over Labor Day weekend, that doesn't mean your fun has to come to an end. Around 37% of families say that vacations make them happy, so if you've got the time to spare, you can take a few days to get out of town. But clearly, you don't have to go very far to find something fascinating -- it's all right in your home state.

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