Just a few miles west of Baltimore City limits lies the beautiful Howard County. While it may seem like a world away from the big city, its international cuisine, rejuvenating day trips, and outdoor oases make it a hidden gem in your own backyard. Just a short drive from Northern Virginia, it’s the perfect spot to start planning your next weekend getaway.
While you’re in Howard County, make sure to make a stop at the Historic Ellicott City, a premiere destination for foodies in the DMV. The thriving culinary scene is full of coffee shops, specialty gourmet shops, Korean BBQ, Bay Area seafood, and much more. Whether eating indoors or enjoying the spring weather on one of the patios, you’re sure to find some of the best cuisine Howard County has to offer.
As the weather continues to warm and trees and flowers start to bloom, outdoor adventures are a must. Take advantage of Howard County’s extensive list of parks full of wonder and fun. With scenic views and over 100 miles of paved trails, there are endless opportunities for adventure. Whether you want to spend a day on the water fishing and boating or on land hiking, cycling, and enjoying the sport fields, you’ll have no shortage of options.
While you’re enjoying the outdoors, make sure you visit Little Patuxent River and the Bollman Truss Bridge. Built in 1869, the bridge was one of the first iron bridges in the country and an integral part of the original B&O Railroad. Sitting over the river at Historic Savage Mill and Trail, the location is the perfect spot for fishing, swimming, and hiking.
After a long day outside, take the fun indoors for a nice way to cool off while still having fun. There are plenty of spots to enjoy the cultural aspects the county has to offer. Make sure to add HorseSpirit Gallery to your list of things to do. The gallery includes artwork from over 45 different artists, and the collection ranges from glass and mosaic to jewelry and wearable art.
Along with the gallery, the Meriweather District is the perfect place to spend your day. Located in downtown Columbia, the district is a new cultural collective with a place to enjoy food, music, urban art, and grassy areas. Visitors can spend the whole day shopping downtown, eating at trendy restaurants, and viewing the artwork lining the streets.
If you’re looking for more to do while on your trip, the county and its local businesses also host a variety of events throughout the month to add to your things to do list.
With a hidden gem like Howard County just a drive away, now is the perfect time to start planning your next family trip or romantic weekend getaway.
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