Top 3 Maryland Vacation Spots

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If you're a frequent visitor to the Old Line State, you already know that it stands out as a top-notch trip destination. And if you haven't visited Maryland before - well, you're in luck. This great state is home to some of the nation's most frequented vacation spots, thanks to its miles of sandy beaches, historic towns and great weather. Read on to discover a few of the best Maryland vacation spots:

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Ocean City

It goes without saying that Ocean City is Maryland's most popular vacation destination. The city welcomes approximately 8 million visitors per year - not bad for a town of about 7,000 people.

So what makes Ocean City so great? Well, for one thing, the ocean. The town's more than 10 miles of beaches run along the state's magnificent coastline, making Ocean City a haven for sun worshippers. You know who else loves Ocean City? Kids! The beach here is both clean and family-friendly, so you needn't have any hangups about making this trip a family affair.

If you've had enough of laying out in the sun, building sandcastles and wading into the surf, head up to the Ocean City Boardwalk. Also fun and family-friendly, the boardwalk has featured street performers, arcade games, rides and live music. Most importantly, you can get your fill of Ocean City's world-famous saltwater taffy here - along with a dazzling array of other local foods.

Of course, there's more to Ocean City than its beach and boardwalk. Head to downtown Ocean City to do some shopping and discover a picturesque and historic Atlantic town. You can also take a trip back to yesteryear at the Life-Saving Station Museum, which details the many local adventures of the U.S. Life-Saving Service (known today as the U.S. Coast Guard), including exhibits of shipwrecks, vintage beach getups, local marine life and more.

While you're in the area, you'll want to head nine miles south to Assateague Island, which has both a state and a national park. This unique space is known for its wild horses, adventures beaches and diversity of wildlife.

Solomons Island

Charming and picturesque, Solomons Island is located at the junction of the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay. This beautiful coastal town boasts a riverwalk significantly quieter than the boardwalk of Ocean City, so it's a great option for those seeking a more relaxed pace. You can go kayaking, jet skiing, sailing and even fossil digging in this unique and attractive town.

Solomons Island's riverwalk and waterfront are peppered with fine dining establishments, gift shops, antique stores and historic buildings - talk about charming! If you time your trip correctly, you might even get to enjoy some of locals' favorite town traditions, including an annual 4th of July Celebration, the Solomons Plein Air Festival, the Solomons Christmas Walk or the Solomons Offshore Grand Prix.

Deep Creek Lake

Although man-made, Deep Creek Lake is a gem in the Old Line State. This water-filled area is home to many a cozy cabin or charming lake house, so you'll have your share of rentals from which to choose. Whether you're here to fish, bird watch, jet ski, swim, kayak or just enjoy some time with Mother Nature, Deep Creek Lake contains a diversity of options for those hoping to get away from it all.