Destination guide

Laid-back life on the edge of DC in Laurel

Although it's just a snappy 25-minute train ride from Laurel to Downtown DC, there's very little the same between the big city and this small-town hub of Maryland. Quaint and charming, it's anchored on a Main Street that oozes classic industrial past – think redbrick Federal buildings and whitewashed timber facades. Everything's clean and manicured and well-to-do, making it a wholesome place to base a family stay. With the White House within reach you'll never be short of attractions, while Laurel vacation rentals also have leafy parks and local wildlife institutions right on their doorstep.

Things to do

Laurel packs its own sights

Laurel vacation rentals near the heritage district of Main Street will put you close to the charming heart of this erstwhile industrial town. Take some time to tour the exhibits at the Laurel Museum there – you will hear tales of WWII and the Civil War alike. A stone's throw away, the Montpelier Mansion stands grand and tall in its own parklands. Guided tours of that will explain the trends of Georgian architecture, and let you see what life was like back in the 1800s. The National Wildlife Visitor Center is another must, where nature trails and polar facts abound.

Activities

Laurel is street-strolling and local life

Laurel might have all the pulls of Washington DC on the horizon, but it's also got draws of its own. You can spend days exploring the old streets of redbrick houses and pretty Georgian homes, having guided tours of the blocks and mansions that pepper the place. And you can uncover natural history delights, too. Think of birding excursions to the Patuxent Research Refuge – keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles – or going fishing and kayaking on the Rocky Gorge Reservoir to the west of town.

Weather

Who needs seasons in Laurel?

Because it fuses the timeless wonders of the US capital – the National Mall, the White House – with its own Maryland country charms and heritage, Laurel could just be the perfect year-round destination. If it's raining – and it often does in the winter months of January, February and March – you can head to the great museums of DC. If it's sunny, then why not hop from your Laurel vacation rental and hit the birding parks and open streets of the town's historic district for some more local pursuits?

Natural features

Laurel lazes on the Patuxent

The Patuxent River is the defining feature of the nature reserves around Laurel. It wiggles like a slowworm through the very heart of the old town, past Main Street, and down to the North Tract of the Patuxent Research Refuge. There, you'll discover wetlands and creeks with purpose-built birding outposts on the side of the water. And talking of water, there's more on the north-west side of town. It comes with the Rocky Gorge Reservoir and the T. Howard Duckett Watershed, a place for canoers and horse riders and fly fishing.

How to get there

How to get to and around Laurel

The nearest airport is in Fort Meade, MD (FME-Tipton), located 4.9 mi (7.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into College Park, MD (CGS), which is 9.6 mi (15.4 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Laurel Station, Laurel Park Station and Laurel Muirkirk Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Where to stay around Laurel?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,773 vacation rentals near Laurel. From 1,015 Houses to 1,249 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Laurel for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Laurel?

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

  • Capitol Hill: 492 vacation rentals
  • Georgetown: 1,102 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Market: 362 vacation rentals
  • Dupont Circle: 592 vacation rentals
  • National Harbor: 96 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Laurel?

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

  • Dutch Country Farmers Market: 1,845 vacation rentals
  • Gardens Ice House: 1,764 vacation rentals
  • Laurel Park: 1,841 vacation rentals
  • Laurel College Center: 1,787 vacation rentals
  • Laurel Museum: 1,774 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Laurel listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Laurel?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,015 Houses in Laurel. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Laurel include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,249 rentals available
  • Estates: 8 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 313 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Laurel?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 521 vacation rentals with pool available in Laurel. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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