As you get in your Maryland rental car and turn the key, you have an almost unlimited number of routes open to you. Whether you want to soak in some urban ambiance in Annapolis and Baltimore or explore sleepy coastal towns on the East Shore, Maryland has something for every traveler. There's also no shortage of history in this state, from Civil War battlegrounds to spots that were once on the Underground Railroad.
If you're a history buff, you're in luck in Maryland. The state's scenic byways include several trails that allow you to follow significant events of the Civil War in your Maryland rental car. The routes follow battle history, of course, as well as the path of John Wilkes Booth as he attempted to evade capture after assassinating President Abraham Lincoln. Along the byways, you'll see bugle signs that lead to exhibits about life for Civil War soldiers and civilians in Maryland. Other byway trails concentrate on the Underground Railroad, religious freedom in the state and more. Your road trip can double as a history lesson with these abundant and beautiful routes.
Historic Route One runs right through Maryland and through Baltimore, putting you in exactly the right place to experience some of the best attractions the city has to offer. Make sure to stop by Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner." Enjoy a trip to the Inner Harbor, where there are dining and entertainment options galore, or to Camden Yard, where you can take in an Orioles game. Route One will also take you near Baltimore museums: the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum. Maryland's Eastern Shore is a place you will love exploring it your Maryland rental car.