The Maryland Scenic Byways system consists of 19 byways. Each of these 19 byways passes through many scenic and historic areas of Maryland. Only a few hours drive from Maryland, you can enjoy driving on Maryland’s Historic National Road, a 170-mile stretch of road through some of Maryland’s oldest towns. For a change of scenery head to Western Maryland for a drive on the Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway. This road will take you through breathtaking mountain vistas. Want to embark on longer scenic drives? Head out of Baltimore and drive to Virginia to explore the Skyline Drive. Located entirely within the Shenandoah National Park, the Skyline Drive takes you by some of the most gorgeous Virginia scenery.
Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

There’s nothing like a relaxing drive in the country, is there? For a fun and relaxing drive, look no further than Skyline Drive in Virginia. The Skyline Drive is a 105-mile stretch of road in the Shenandoah National Park. The Skyline Drive is the only road that goes through the park. Stretching from north to south, visitors can enter the park at four places along the Skyline Drive. The entry points are Front Royal near Route 66 and Route 340, Thornton Gap at Route 211, Swift Run Gap at Route 33 and Rockfish Gap at Route 64 and Route 250.

Historic National Road

The Historic National Road, also known as the Historic National Pike, is a 170-mile stretch of road in Maryland. Starting in the streets of Baltimore, drivers can head “westward into the historic Maryland countryside.” Visitors can hike, bike or picnic in state parks and forests along the Historic National Road. On the way, visitors will encounter museums, attractions, restaurant and lodging. Some of these places have been in existence since the road’s earliest days.

Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway

For mountain views, the Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway has what you are looking for. The Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway features the mountains of Western Maryland. As you drive the Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway the “sweetest sound you’ll hear just might be the silence.” Drive “through peaceful glades, valleys and marshlands, finally emerging from the thick forests to find the shore of Maryland’s largest freshwater lake,” Deep Creek Lake. From Deep Creek Lake, drive through “mid-19th-century coal mining villages, as well as mill towns owing their growth to the C&O Canal and B&O Railroad.”

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Catoctin Mountains

The Catoctin Mountains serve as a “sanctuary for wildlife and plants.” A drive through the surrounding towns offers a “deep exploration of the area’s rich industrial heritage.” Located at the “easternmost spur of the Blue Ridge Province” in Maryland, the Catoctin Mountains have an elevation of 1,885 feet above sea level in Thurmont, Maryland. Follow this scenic drive through the Catoctin Mountains to Emmitsburg, Maryland, and on to Point of Rocks, West Virginia.

Chesapeake Country

For sea breezes, look no further than a scenic drive to Chesapeake Country. Your scenic drive will take you “past fertile farmlands graced by handsome — often historic — manor houses.” The small towns you will drive through on the Chesapeake Country scenic drive are “rich with art, culture and pure country charm.” Follow the Chesapeake Country scenic drive from Chesapeake City on the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland to the quaint shoreline towns of Cambridge, St. Michaels, Oxford, and Rock Hall.

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