There are three counties contained in the D.C metro or Maryland, all offering excellent shopping and scenic getaways and all three widely varied. These counties are Montgomery County, Frederick County and Prince George’s county. This area, DC Metro in Maryland is an excellent place to visit for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life without giving up the facilities offered by city life.
Frederick County is truly a place to visit and only a few hours distance from Harper’s Ferry or Gettysburg or D.C, Baltimore, and Antietam, it is easily accessible. For passionate art lovers or shoppers, this is the place to come. In this county alone there are literally hundreds of shops, from big retail shops dealing in brand name items, to cozy antique shops offering a treasure trove of items, and art galleries to browse.
In Fredrick, which is one city in Frederick County, there are three colleges: Frederick Community College, Hood College and the Maryland school for the Deaf. Thurmont, another city located in Frederick County contains two state parks, one of which is well known for its cascading waterfall of 78 feet. This is the Cunningham Falls State Park. Here too in Frederick, history is kept fresh with three museums, Monacacy National Battlefield, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and the South Mountain Battlefield. This county is probably best known for its downtown district of more than 45 blocks of Maryland historic sites.
In Montgomery County, there are seven cities, Rockville, Potomac, Montgomery Village, Silver Spring, Germantown and Gaithersburg. There are three major DC Metro airports, Dulles International, Thurgood Marshall Baltimore/Washington International Airport and the Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport. This makes travelling to and fro easy. Generally, these airports are less than an hour away from the DC Metro area of Maryland. Located in DC Metro, Maryland is the great Patuxent River State Park. This park contains about 6700 acres of great Maryland terrain for hunting, hiking, horse riding or fishing. Here also are found other activities such as golfing, in any of the numerous golf courses, or visiting the museums such as the Clara Barton National Historic Site and the National Capital Trolley Museum or the National Library of Medicine.
Prince George’s county has lots to offer. At just minutes away from DC, Maryland, and 25 minutes from Annapolis, this county offers lots of family geared activities. There are more than a dozen golf courses, and about twenty thousand acres of national parks and recreational centers to ride horses, bike or go hiking. Visit the National Harbor on the Potomac, or the well-known NASA Goddard Flight Centre, Six Flag America, or the National Wildlife Visitor centre for an enjoyable day out with your family and friends. There are two universities in this county, The University of Maryland located in College Park and the Bowie State University.
There is also the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center and the FedEx Field and The Washington Redskins to list as a must in your list of places to visit.