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Maryland boasts gorgeous Atlantic vistas, fresh ocean breezes and charming towns to boot. If you've come to the Old Line State for vacation, you probably want to check out the best things to do in Maryland - and with top-notch travel destinations like Baltimore, Ocean City and Deep Creek Lake, Maryland has a lot to offer. Whether you're here with your family (for some sandcastle-making at Ocean City Beach), your lover (for a romantic retreat along the Atlantic coastline) or to paint the town red with your best buds (in Baltimore's hip Canton neighborhood), there are a variety of memories to be made in Maryland.

Hit up the Boardwalk in Ocean City

A perennially top-rated American boardwalk, Ocean City's three miles of fun and fresh air appeal to people from all walks of life. If you're here with the kids, amusement rides, games and arcades are sure to please even the pickiest little travelers. Whether a slow ride (with fantastic views) on the Ferris wheel or an adrenaline-inducing few minutes on a roller coaster is more your speed, there will be plenty of opportunities to let your hair down.

One of the most awe-worthy aspects of the Ocean City Boardwalk is its fantastic cuisine. From local Maryland seafood to fried chicken, cheesy New York-style pizza to Southern-inspired comfort foods, the boardwalk has it all. Of course, you simply must try the boardwalk's famous saltwater taffy (and we recommend taking some home for your friends and family, too).

One of the best features of the boardwalk is its affordability. Street performers offer complimentary entertainment throughout the day, and the stunning people-watching here is truly unparalleled. The majority of your cash will probably go toward rides and food, but sometimes the best vacation experiences can be had for free.

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Relax at Deep Creek Lake

A popular getaway destination, Deep Creek Lake is located near the three-way convergence of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and sits within the town of Oakland. Boating and fishing enthusiasts flock to Deep Creek lake from all across the nation to enjoy the area's plentiful wildlife and water-centric activities. Boating on the lake is a must: Especially adventurous travelers should try their hand at water skiing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding and tubing. There are plenty of boat rental companies scattered throughout the area, spanning from Deep Creek Lake itself all the way up to the town of McHenry.

In the mood for a quieter getaway? Stop by Bill's Outdoor Center to pick up some bait and tackle before embarking on a fishing excursion. Though Deep Creek Lake is man-made (as are most lakes in the area), it is ripe with a variety of fish species. Smallmouth and largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, northern pike and walleye are a few of the little swimmers you might discover in the lake.

Explore Urban Baltimore

There's a reason Baltimore was given the nickname "Charm City." The town's historic streets and vintage vibe give vacationers a glimpse into what life was like in colonial America. The purpose of your trip (whether this is a family vacation, a couple's getaway or a friends' weekend) should dictate which neighborhoods you explore. Visit Canton for a glimpse into all that young and hip Baltimore has to offer. The area has long been a hotspot for young singles, but has a small-town vibe that emulates Baltimore's characteristic charm. For another interesting locale, head to Cockeysville - and consider stopping at eateries like Jackie and Joe's, Andy Nelson's, and The Corner Stable. You should also stop by the Hunt Cup grounds if you're a sporting fan. Looking for all things antiquey and cozy? Ellicott City is your best bet, as the entire neighborhood has a small-town vibe reminiscent of yesteryear.

footballCheer on Maryland's Athletes

For such a tiny state, Maryland sure boasts a lot of state pride. To get a true taste of the local spirit, attend a game to cheer on Maryland's professional athletes. If you're a football fan, you're in luck: Maryland has two professional teams to root for. In Baltimore, catch a Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium, conveniently located off interstate 395. If you're a Washington Redskins fan, don't be misled by the team's name: FedExField is located in Prince George's County, Maryland. Baseball fans can get their fix by watching the Baltimore Orioles swing away at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Aside from the well-known professional teams that call Maryland home, a number of smaller teams incite quite a lot of fanatic fervor. Lacrosse, jousting and soccer all have a large presence in Maryland. If you're a lacrosse fan, check out the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Soccer fans can cheer on a number of teams, including the Baltimore Blast, Baltimore Bohemians and Washington Spirit.