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Suggested Tour Itineraries
Take an old fashioned road trip on the Historic National Road
through Main Street hamlets. Tour the B&O Railroad Museum:
Ellicott City Station, the destination of the first 13 miles of
railroad laid in America. Retrace the footsteps of soldiers both
blue and grey on Howard County’s Civil War Trails through nine
new Civil War sites including stories of Howard County’s own
Decatur Dorsey.
Howard County has a lot to offer history and paranormal buffs alike. Travel along
Main Street as part of an imaginary railroad, participate in a 1800s-style bucket
brigade, and explore one of the mystifying alleyways of Tongue Row on a
Heritage Walking Tour. Tag along on a Haunted History Walking Tour with
highly trained, spirited tour guides or take part in The Spirits of Ellicott City,
a tasteful tour of local haunted taverns.
Howard County…
Where Maryland
Comes Together!
Centrally located within 30 miles
of Baltimore, Annapolis, and
Washington DC, Howard County
offers a convenient location for
day trips throughout Maryland.
Just minutes from I-95 and
bisected by the National Road,
Howard County provides easy
access for all visitors. Hop on 95 to
travel regionally, or use the
National Road for a scenic tour of
towns such as Ellicott City, Mount
Airy New Market, Frederick, and
Howard County’s 25+ independent restaurants
partner with 25+ local farms to deliver the freshest
dishes possible. Tin Lizzie, a new wine-making school
offers visitors the chance to craft their own vino.
Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia offers diners
delicious fare along with award winning entertainment.
Howard County is home to the Patapsco Valley
State Park, MD's first state park, often called
“Moab East” by mountain bike enthusiasts. The
county is also home to 30,000+ acres of parkland,
with 40 ponds and lakes - woven together by
more than 100 miles of paved pathways. The Howard County
Wildlife Viewing brochure will be your guide to local wildlife.
Terrapin Adventures, a new destination at Historic Savage
Mill, offers visitors the chance to climb, swing, and zip line their way to fun!
Howard County is home to 1,300 blossoming
kwanzan cherry trees that mark CHERRYBRATION
DAYS every April. Don’t miss Wine in the Woods,
Maryland’s largest wine festival and the Columbia
Festival of the Arts, 17 exciting days of visual and
performing arts. Check out The Columbia Classic
Grand Prix, a world-class equestrian event. The Maryland Sheep & Wool
Festival welcomes 45K sheep and wool enthusiasts from around the world.
Merriweather Post Pavilion, one of Frank Gehry’s first commissioned work hosts
the famous 3-day Capital Jazz Festival and more!
For more information, contact:
Rachelina Bonacci
Executive Director,
Howard County Tourism
and Promotion
8267 Main Street
Ellicott City, MD 21043
[email protected]