Maryland's Capital Region includes the counties near Washington, D.C.: Frederick County, Prince George's County, and Montgomery County. Cities in the region include Bethesda, Rockville, and Silver Spring. Visitors to the region can take advantage of sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment in D.C. as well as in Maryland.
The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District, and National Harbor all have many shopping, dining, and activity options. Museums in the region include the National Capital Trolley Museum in Silver Spring, the Latvian Museum in Rockville, and the extensive collections of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
For outdoors activity, the C&O Canal's towpath offers walking and biking. There's a scenic water trail at Monocacy in Frederick County, or paddle on the Potomac River at National Harbor.
Cheer for the Washington Redskins in Landover or the Washington Wizard and Washington Nationals at their DC homes. Cheer for yourself after braving the rides at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro.
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There are many things to see and do in Maryland outside of Washington, D.C. Spend a day strolling the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District for great shopping and restaurants. Ride the Capital Wheel for great views over National Harbor or take a spin on their carousel. National Harbor is a great place to head out onto the water, either through a water tour or by paddling your own canoe or kayak.
Visitors to the Capital Region have easy access to all the cultural sites of Washington, D.C., including the many Smithsonian Institution Museums and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The National Capital Trolley Museum in Silver Spring lets visitors enjoy an old-fashioned trolley ride. The Latvian Museum in Rockville preserves the culture of Latvians in the United States.
Take a hike or bike ride along the historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, now a National Historical Park. Get out on the water at National Harbor, where you can rent canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and stand-up paddleboards. You can also paddle the Monocacy Scenic Water Trail in Frederick County. The trails at Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood are great for hiking or horseback riding.
There are lots of rides and thrills at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro. Drop 11 stories on a Dare Devil Dive or brave the Wild One wooden coaster. Younger visitors get a smaller dose of thrills on rides like the Cyclone, the Flying Carousel, and Sky Jumper. The water park rides offer a chance to cool off on a hot summer day.
The Capital Region's location near Washington, D.C. means visitors have great access to pro sports games. The Washington Redskins, an NFL football team, play home games at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. For professional baseball in the region, take in a Washington Nationals game at Nationals Park in DC. Baltimore is only about an hour away and is home to football's Ravens and baseball's Orioles. The Washington Wizards play basketball at Capital One Arena, which is also the setting for the Washington Capitals NHL hockey team.