Before leaving Baltimore visit some of the city’s great attractions. It is the largest city in Maryland and continues to be an important sea port on the Patapsco River. Baltimore was established in 1729 as a small American settlement. It became an important part of American history when, in 1814, British forces were unable to conquer Fort Henry after 25 hours of constant bombardment. It was the American flag still flying over the Fort after the attack that inspired the song “The Star Spangled Banner.” Baltimore is still considered a cultural center on the US east coast.
For a wonderful day trip from Baltimore, explore Patapsco State Park. Take Hwy 895 out of Baltimore which will lead you directly to the park. The park offers a variety of walking trails with ruins, artifacts and waterfalls to see along the way.
For an interesting stop on your drive to Philadelphia, Winterthur is an exciting option. For in-car GPS and online mapping services, use: 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807. If you are using a GPS, please make sure your GPS directs you to Route 52/Kennett Pike and Winterthur Road, the front entrance of Winterthur, located on Route 52 (Kennett Pike), between I-95 and Route 1. Take Take I-95, Exit 7, in Delaware. Winterthur is a museum of American decorative art which was founded by Henry Francis du Pont. The 60-acre garden, research library and museum provide something for everyone to enjoy, whether you prefer beauty or history.
If you are interested in an outdoors diversion, be sure to stop at the Elk Neck State Forest. The park boasts over 3,000 acres of land that are open to the public for hiking, horseback riding, hunting and mountain biking. Shooting ranges are also available to the public and permits are accessible on an honor system. The park is home to diverse wildlife and flora and has many hiking trails to choose from. To get to Elk Neck State Forest, take the MD-272 exit from I-95 and head South to the park entrance.
Another outdoor option for nature lovers is the Ridley Creek State Park. The park is accessible from I-95 and US Hwy 1 and is just outside of Philadelphia. From I-95, take Hwy 452 which will lead you directly to the State Park. From Hwy 1 you can take Hwy 926 and then connect to Hwy 452, or carry on Hwy 1 until you reach the junction with Hwy 452 from the I-95.
Ridley Creek State Park is comprised of over 2,600 acres of gently rolling country and woodlands and meadows. It offers a variety of recreational opportunities including swimming, walking and biking. It provides a perfect opportunity to get out and stretch your legs before the final drive into Philadelphia.
By Bike or Walking
Google Maps highlights two different bike routes between Baltimore and Philadelphia. The first follows US Hwy 40 East. The second option is longer and veers further inland following PA-23E. Google does a very nice job of providing turn by turn directions, including altitude climbed.
The website Everytrail provides information about the best walking, biking and hiking trails in the Baltimore area. Everytrail also has a list of the best trails in the Philadelphia area.
Philadelphia has so much to offer. It was founded in 1682 by William Penn and is one of America’s oldest cities. Today, it is the fifth largest city in the United States. It is full of history and there are countless museums, interesting neighborhoods, markets, and historic buildings to explore. It is also a center for knowledge and many universities and colleges call Philadelphia home.