Destination guide

Experience Maryland in vacation home rentals

There couldn't be a better nickname for Maryland than "America in Miniature". Other than lacking a desert, the state has a slice of pretty much everything the U.S. has to offer – East Coast beaches, sections of the Appalachian Mountains, buzzy cities and rural retreats. It's a progressive state and was instrumental in shaping the country as we know it today. The gorgeous waterside capital, Annapolis, is well worth visiting, but for the perfect introduction to the state, nab a Maryland vacation rental in the largest city, Baltimore.

History

Historic attractions near Maryland vacation homes

Maryland boasts numerous historic sites to explore on your trip. Vacation rentals are available near places like Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, a fort from the War of 1812 with connections to the national anthem, and Antietam National Battlefield, a park and historic site from the Civil War battle that features tours and interpretive programs. You'll also like B&O Railroad Museum, a national landmark with hundreds of locomotives, a model train, and scenic train rides.

Things to do

Attractions near Maryland vacation rentals

Out of all the states, Maryland is one of the most kid-friendly. If you're bringing the family to stay at a Maryland vacation rental, be sure to take them for ice cream and amusement rides along Ocean City Boardwalk. If you drop by the NASA Goddard Visitor Center, the staff and exhibits make rocket science and the solar systems easy and fun for the little ones to understand. If all that fails, you can drive down to the Six Flags America, a park that's packed to the rafters with adrenaline-inducing coasters and water rides.

Activities

Things to do near Maryland vacation homes

Maryland's diverse landscape lends itself to countless outdoor activities. Up in Patapsco Valley State Park, one of the oldest in Maryland, you can ride across the hilly terrain on mountain bikes, passing waterfalls and streams. Alternatively, you can powder up to scale the cliffs at Rocks State Park. If you've booked one of the Maryland vacation rentals that line the pretty coastline, you can hop on kayaks to paddle around James Island State Park, or rent a yacht and skipper to spend a day out on the water, casting your line in to hook a big one.

Weather

Climate for your stay in Maryland vacation homes

Maryland is arguably best enjoyed at the height of summer, when the ocean breeze cools the bright skies and hot midday sun. This is family vacation season, so get in quick if you plan to visit between July and August. That said, if you don't mind slightly milder weather, try to visit in the shoulder months, when the prices of rentals have dipped. The spring brings with it a landscape carpeted in wildflowers, whereas watching the changing of the leaves in fall couldn't be more scenic. Winters are cold, but the snowy wonderland has many outdoor activities to offer.

Natural features

See Maryland's wild horses on Assateague

If you've booked up a Maryland vacation rental along Ocean City, be sure to spend some time on Assateague Island. Away from the bustle of the boardwalk, this scenic little spot is known for its herd of wild horses which roam freely. Watch as they gallop across the beach and water's edge, or find them grazing inland. The rest of the state would surely get a nod of approval from any wildlife enthusiast. Almost 100 mammals roam the mountains and shoreline, as do the dozens of reptiles and amphibians. Arguably the best wildlife encounters come from the 400 species of bird found in the state.

Where to stay around Maryland?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,456 vacation rentals near Maryland. From 249 Cabins to 2,065 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Maryland for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Maryland?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Maryland. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ocean City: 5,451 vacation rentals
  • Deep Creek Lake: 1,137 vacation rentals
  • Midtown Ocean City: 1,905 vacation rentals
  • Annapolis: 536 vacation rentals
  • Baltimore: 294 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Maryland! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Maryland?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Maryland:

  • Ocean City: 5,451 rentals
  • Annapolis: 536 rentals
  • Baltimore: 294 rentals
  • Saint Michaels: 131 rentals
  • Ocean Pines: 4,268 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Maryland?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Maryland are:

  • Ocean City, MD (OCE-Ocean City Municipal): 5,448 vacation rentals
  • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI): 727 vacation rentals
  • Cambridge, MD (CGE-Cambridge - Dorchester): 114 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Maryland?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Maryland. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Assateague Island National Seashore: 5,311 rentals
  • Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina: 184 rentals
  • Deep Creek Lake State Park: 1,102 rentals
  • Rocky Gap State Park: 24 rentals
  • Wisp Resort: 1,063 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Maryland listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Maryland

Ocean City
5,451 vacation rentals
Annapolis
536 vacation rentals
Baltimore
294 vacation rentals
Saint Michaels
131 vacation rentals
Ocean Pines
4,268 vacation rentals
McHenry
1,128 vacation rentals
Oakland
1,213 vacation rentals
Chesapeake Beach
522 vacation rentals
Frederick
159 vacation rentals
Kent Island
651 vacation rentals
Berlin
4,047 vacation rentals
Bethesda
1,899 vacation rentals
Cambridge
178 vacation rentals
Silver Spring
1,898 vacation rentals
Easton
319 vacation rentals
North Beach
52 vacation rentals
Salisbury
5,608 vacation rentals
Swanton
1,137 vacation rentals
Chestertown
72 vacation rentals
Rockville
1,912 vacation rentals