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Anne Arundel Colonial Tour- This route parallels the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, connecting historic Annapolis to the rediscovered town of London, quaint villages and farms.
Baltimore-Washington Parkway- This byway (BWP) is the ceremonial route into the nation's capitol from the north.
Beach to Bay Indian Trail- Many of the early routes of the Algonquin Indian tribes are traced by this byway, which runs northeast from Crisfield to Berlin and the Asssateague Island National Seashore.
Charles Street- This is the grandest of routes into or out of Baltimore. It follows Baltimore's best known artery through the city's most fashionable cultural, residential, and commercial districts.
Chincoteague Bay Route- This byway takes MD 365 from Spence east to MD 12 south, following the Chincoteague Bay coastline to the Virginia border. Spur lines run to the waterfront, where Assateague Island National Seashore is visible.
Historic National Road- As the first federally funded road, the Historic National Road provided a gateway to the West for thousands of settlers who followed it from Baltimore through the Appalachians to Vandalia, Illinois.
Old Ocean City Road- The old road to Ocean City takes visitors through flat farm country, broken occasionally by a stretch of woods or a quiet rural town.
Old Turkey Point Road- This short byway highlights the northern end of Chesapeake Bay. Visitors can enjoy Elk Neck State Forest, bayside driving, and the Turkey Point Lighthouse.
Underground Railroad Trail- This byway brings to life the stories of the Underground Railroad, a secret network of roads, waterways, trails and hiding places along which enslaved African Americans were helped to freedom before the Civil War.

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Description - Described here are a number of Marylands State Scenic Byways. These byways travel through historic and scenic areas throughout the state. One example of Maryland's byways is Anne Arundel Colonial Byway, which parallels the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, connecting historic Annapolis to the rediscovered town of London, quaint fishing villages, and some of the region's oldest farms. Another example is the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, the ceremonial entrance route into the nation's capital from the north. The Chincoteague Bay Route byway follows the Chincoteague Bay to the Virginia state line. The byway travels through the picturesque town of Snow Hill founded in 1686 as a commercial center for the lower shore of Maryland. These are just a few examples of the byways Maryland has to offer.

Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.

Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

Location - Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.

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Maryland - This small East Coast state occupies shoreline on the Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River and Atlantic Ocean. It also provides access to the museums, zoos and historic sites of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.


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