Iconic MD Road Trips: Harriet Tubman, Presidents, Cave, Wild Horses

Maryland is a state rich in historical and natural attractions. For road trippers, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, a 125-mile route stretching from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to Philadelphia, offers an educational journey commemorating Tubman and other escaped enslaved people, as well as the people who aided them and the hidden shelters along the way.

Key stops in Maryland include the Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center in Cambridge, the Stanley Institute, a former one-room schoolhouse for the local Black community, and the site of Tubman’s first act of defiance, the Bucktown Village Store. Historical records from the era of slavery still exist in the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis.

Besides its historical significance, Maryland offers natural wonders such as the Assateague Island National Seashore, home to around 100 feral horses. Visitors can observe these wild horses roam freely on the 37-mile barrier island from May through October.

For those seeking cooler temperatures, Crystal Grottoes Caverns in Boonsboro offers a constant 54-degree Fahrenheit temperature year-round. Discovered in a construction accident in 1920 and opened for tours two years later, the caverns feature impressive mineral formations.

History buffs can also take a road trip to visit various sites left by President George Washington, including the Washington Monument in Baltimore, the President Street Station, Thurmont and Catoctin Mountain Park (home to the Camp David presidential retreat since 1942), and the Maryland State House in Annapolis, the nation’s oldest state capitol building in continuous use.

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