Discover Maryland's hidden gems

Mid-Atlantic state features beaches, adventure sports, history

Published On: Jul 15 2011 01:58:50 PM EDT

Maryland has something for every traveler, whether they are seeking an outdoor adventure, searching for rare antiques or just looking to lounge around at the beach.

Assateague Island State Park and National Seashore
Located about 30 minutes from Ocean City, Md., the park is famous for the wild ponies that inhabit the costal barrier island. Visitors are also attracted here for the park's sandy beaches, mild surf, island forests and bayside marshes.

Solomons Island
Solomons Island is a quiet fishing village located where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay, about a 55-minute drive south of the Washington, D.C., Beltway. Visitors can stroll along the Riverwalk, go charter fishing and cruise boats, tour the Drum Point Lighthouse and enjoy fine waterfront dining and shopping.

Adventure Sports Center International
The owners of the Adventure Sports Center International in McHenry, Md., boast their facility has the only mountain-top, re-circulating whitewater course in the world. ASCI hosts professional competitions in various adventure sports and offers training in activities like kayaking and canoeing, mountain biking and rock climbing.

Antietam National Battlefield
The site of the bloodiest one day battle in American history on Sept. 17, 1862, the Battle of Antietam marked the end of the Confederate Army’s first invasion into the North during the Civil War.

AAA Antiques Mall
Repeatedly chosen as one of Maryland’s best kept secrets, the AAA Antiques Mall in Laurel, Md., hosts more than 250 dealer spaces filled with quality, affordable antiques and collectibles.