Whether you are seeking a big city adventure or quaint small town getaway for your spring break vacation, Maryland features both and much more. Take in the picturesque views of the Maryland Mountains, or ride a horse in Chesapeake City. Visit the state’s many canals and take a fishing excursion in Rockville. Maryland vacation rentals include luxurious lofts and cottages boasting bayside views, as well as spacious houses situated in quiet suburban neighborhoods. Plan your spring break itinerary with these top Maryland cities in mind.

1. Annapolis

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Head to the capital of Maryland for your next spring break trip and see stunning views from the Thomas Point Shoal Light. Admire the crashing waves along the hiking trails at Quiet Waters Park or enjoy a quiet walk with family and friends through the William Paca Garden. A vacation rental in Annapolis gives you access to the Original Annapolis Seafood Crawl where you can sample fresh lobster and catfish, as well as the Heritage Region Wine Tour. When you want to hang with your college roommates, stop in for happy hour at O’Brien’s Oyster Bar and Restaurant or the Dock Street Bar and Grill.

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2. Chesapeake City

Opt for small-town charm with access to big cities such as Baltimore or Wilmington when making Chesapeake City your vacation destination for spring break. Explore the great outdoors on the Horse Country Tour with Uniglobe Hill Travel or head to Lums Pond State Park for bayside walks. If the weather is warm, hop in a canoe or kayak to enjoy the canals with friends and family. History buffs can learn more about the Delaware and Chesapeake bays at the C and D Museum while the club goers can enjoy some brews at the Tap Room.

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3. Hagerstown

Make your spring break educational when packing up the kids or your friends and booking a vacation rental in Hagerstown, home to the Price-Miller House Museum. Feed the ducks at the Hagerstown City Park or shop the Pennsylvania Dutch Market. Kids love to spend days playing with the exhibits at the Discovery Station at Hagerstown while adults can see nature up close and personal with a canal ride at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. When it’s time to wind down for the afternoon or evening, stop in at the Olney Winery and Cool Ridge Vineyard or enjoy the nightlife at Cancun Cantina West.

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4. Rockville

Soak up the nightlife and the small city vibe of Rockville when making this Maryland city your vacation destination. Grab some bar bites and brews at Bar Louie or enjoy the Irish culture at Finnegan’s Wake Irish Pub with friends. Family-friendly attractions in Rockville include hiking the Rock Creek Trail or getting a thrill at the Earth Treks Climbing Center. Take the kids on a fishing excursion in Seneca Creek State Park or zip line at the Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course. If shopping is your thing, Rockville delivers with specialty shops in the Rockville Town Square.

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5. Baltimore

The hustle and bustle of Baltimore, known as the state’s economic hub, offers plenty of exciting attractions for your spring break vacation. Start exploring the city with a trip to the Washington Monument or walk the trails at the Federal Hill Park. A tour of the Sagamore Spirit distillery is a popular tourist attraction for adults while the National Aquarium is a draw for kids and families. Learn more about the history of the city when stopping in at the Fort McHenry National Monument of the American Visionary Art Museum before toasting to your spring break with friends at The Brewer’s Art or the Mosaic Nightclub and Lounge.

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6. Salisbury

A vacation rental on one of Maryland’s peninsulas gives you spectacular views from your balcony and a plethora of exciting attractions. When the temperatures are up, kayak or canoe with Capital SUP SBY or spend the afternoon at the Salisbury Zoo. Teach the kids more about the history of the city and state when browsing the exhibits on the trails of the Pemberton Historical Park or explore the great outdoors when hiking Schumaker Park. The Evolution Craft Brewing Company is a hotspot for happy hour goers while the Irish Penny Pub and Grill offers a laid-back vibe for a nightcap.

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7. Cumberland

If you want a spring break vacation destination that puts you in the heart of the Maryland Mountains, then Cumberland is the obvious choice. Take a leisurely walk through Rocky Gap State Park with trails that lead you to observation points perfect for a group photo. Sign up for a river rafting tour with Get Out and Play Outfitters when the temps rise or treat the kids to a day at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Savor global dishes at Mezzo’s or opt for a waterfront seat with cold beverages at Niner’s Canal Pub.

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8. Laurel

When you want to see wildlife roaming about, book a vacation rental in Laurel. This Maryland city is home to the Patuxent Research Refuge and Dinosaur Park, offering plenty of opportunities to see exotic animals. If the kids need to expel some energy, take a trip to ClimbZone where they can test their rock climbing skills. Fresh seafood is waiting for you at the Mid Atlantic Seafood Restaurant if you don’t feel like making dinner for the evening. You can also immerse yourself in the history of the town with tours of the Montpelier Mansion or the Fort Mede Army base.

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