The moment you enter Historic Annapolis, life seems to slow. It's as if history is yanking at your heels and hindering your pace, so you might pause and absorb the past. Indeed, Queen Anne lent her name to the city way back at the start of the 18th century, and it's retained its courtly status for more than 300 years, attracting visitors to its Colonial architecture and cobblestone walks.
Once pegged as a blue-collar town with a high crime rate and a gritty underbelly, dramatized by pop culture portrayals in series like "The Wire" and "Serial," Baltimore today has a new sheen, transforming itself into a vibrant, culture-rich East Coast mainstay. And though it clings to its working-class roots, Baltimore – or "Balmer" as some residents say – also boasts contemporary museums, a sophisticated dining scene and a reimagined Inner Harbor that's luring art-loving types, outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike. This revitalized Charm City offers Yankee-Southern fusion architecture and a rich and eclectic culture, jam-packed with trendy art galleries, lively theaters and world-class collections at the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Affordable and kid-friendly too, Ocean City, specializes in the classic American beach vacation. Stroll along the Boardwalk, and you'll find adrenaline-pumping amusement park rides, far stretches of powdery sand, scrumptious blue crabs and plenty of souvenir shops. Bright carnival ride lights twinkle as families frolic to the beach; intrepid sun-seekers parasail across the water; and the squeals of children are heard playing inside the arcades to Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum. But you can power down at Ocean City too. Bait and tackle shops are a surplus, and a daytrip to the serene Assateague Island National Seashore is only a 20-mile drive down the coast. Golfers will also find plenty of courses to play in the area.
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