PA, Maryland Suggestions
My friends and I are college students planning a road trip from cleveland to the maryland area (we want to hit the ocean at some point). Does anyone have any suggestions? We're looking for cheap, roadside stuff that we can stop at along the way, but still open to anything cool even if it costs money. Does anyone know of anything interesting in PA and MD on the way from Cleveland. Any help would be really appreciated. Thank you
On the Way to the Shore
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That, of course, depends on what you consider cool and/or interesting. There's certainly a ton of history along the way, including Washington's first command, Americas's first highway, a fort from the French and Indian War, a waterway west which predates the Erie Canal, and the site of the inspiration for the national anthem. For a more general list of things to see and do in Maryland, check this post. Finally, if you want a bit less crowded seashore than you're likely to find in Ocean City, MD, head north to Delaware, or south to Assateague.
Tons and tons
As has been stated, there is lots to see in that area.
A true American masterpiece is Fallingwaters south of Ligonier, PA. Yes, it is off the beaten track, but it is THE most notable house designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Speaking of Ligonier, there is a great reconstruction of an English fort from the French and Indian war period (1750s). The artillery collection is amazing and the log construction is most impressive.
Just 3 miles east of Ligonier is the Compass Inn, a restored and beautifully outfitted tavern from the 18th century.
Fort McHenry in Baltimore is inspiring, especially on a calm day when they raise the replica flag that Francis Scott Key saw from the bay when he penned the words to the Star Spangled Banner.
There is lots more, but that, plus the suggestions in the other post, will keep you busy and entertained.
co-author of the travel guide: America's Living History-The Early Years