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From Beach to Bay - Sleeping on the Sunny Side of Ocean City

Most of Ocean City, Maryland, is laid out along a sun-kissed barrier island. Stay in any hotel, motel, or guest house on the sunrise side of the Coastal Highway and you'll find yourself a short, easy walk from the beach. In the bayside blocks, you'll see stunning sunsets from a balcony overlooking Isle of Wight Bay to the south, or Assawoman Bay north of the Route 90 bridge.

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Ocean City Shopping - Designer Beachwear and Boardwalk Novelties

The shopping scene in Ocean City extends from the boardwalk to the north end of town. If you're looking for name-brand surfwear or local artisanal products you won't have to stray far from the beach. Regional foods like salt water taffy and caramel popcorn can be packaged to take home, and coupon booklets distributed around town offer discounts on everything from beach sundries to handmade seashell jewelry.

Things to See and Do in Ocean City, a Summertime Hub on the Maryland Shore

For a laid-back beach resort, Ocean City makes it surprisingly easy for you to fill your slate, especially in the action-packed summer season. Read and relax on the beach? Check. Dance to live music? Check. Work on your golf swing? Check. Reel in a white marlin for the record books? Check. And even when all your boxes are ticked, you'll soon find something else fun to do.

Ocean City, Maryland - Beach, Boardwalk, and Beyond

Ocean City, Maryland is a busy, lively beach town on the Delmarva Peninsula, combining seaside fun with the abundance of dining and leisure options you might expect of a much bigger city. Golfers can take their pick of 17 championship courses, while both ocean and bay are world-class sport fishing spots. The boardwalk is lined with shops and amusements, and you could spend your whole stay just relaxing on the beach.

Happy Hours and Fireworks - Ocean City Nightlife

A night out in Ocean City can start before sunset, as many restaurants and bars entice customers in with music Happy Hour specials and live music. A seafood dinner might the main event of the evening, or kick off a long night of fun - convenient city buses make bar-hopping safe and easy. Town-sponsored evening beach events draw families to the sand for music, fireworks, and friendly competitions.

Fun In The Sun - Family Vacations In Ocean City

Families have free access to 10 miles of Ocean City beach, all of it keep clean and safe with lifeguards on hand to help. The local golf courses and fishing spots that appeal to so many adults also have kid-friendly equivalents - the whole family can play mini-golf and go sport fishing off the pier. You'll find all the beach gear you need at low prices in Tanger Outlets too.

Arts and Culture in Ocean City - A Busy Cultural Calendar

Ocean City seems to spend most of the year celebrating. With all of the fishing and golf tournaments, bike and kite festivals, and feasts of regional food through the summer season and beyond, your arrival will likely coincide with some sort of cultural happening. Springfest, Sandfest, Beachfest, and Sunfest are all popular gatherings of local musicians, artists, cooks, and crowds out for a good time.

Crab Feasts and Summer Treats - Ocean City Cuisine

You might want to put your diet on hold when you vacation in Ocean City. The temptations start at breakfast with hot doughnuts at the Fractured Prune, and continue all day long, as beach vendors and boardwalk stalls serve up summer treats from saucy barbecue ribs to sweet corn on the cob. If you can resist the delicious smells and sizzles on every corner, you'll find healthy options too.

The Ocean City Experience - Making the Most of the Maryland Shore

Ocean City works to keep its reputation as a mid-Atlantic playground with nonstop entertainments centreed on the beach and boardwalk through the summer. Its 10 miles of shoreline are so well-maintained that the city has won national awards for the cleanness of the sand. High season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but visitors come all year to golf and fish, and winters here are cozy and quiet.

Short getaways in Washington D.C. – two days of American history

Step out from your Washington hotel with this handy itinerary for a short getaway in Washington and be sure to see the city’s best.

A Washington D.C. travel guide – Magnificent museums and an American history lesson

A Washington city vacation reveals American political life and some of the nation’s finest monuments and museums. Book a Washington hotel and uncover the United States’ most treasured possessions.

A Baltimore travel guide – crab feasts, American history, and a romantic harbor

A Baltimore getaway offers the delights of waterside strolls and18-century cobblestone streets along with modern culture and dining. Book a Baltimore hotel and discover how Charm City earned its name.

Washington, D.C. Shopping Guide – where and what to shop and buy

Washington, D.C.’s extensive shopping scene is as eclectic as you'd expect from the sprawling US capital. Visitors searching for a unique buy will discover the upscale antique stores and open-air craft markets. There's also a handful of shopping malls, rows and rows of independent and brand name boutiques, and small hidden clusters of weird and wacky thrift stores. In other words, there’s enough in D.C. to satisfy the pickiest shopper.

Where to Eat in Washington, D.C. – a food and dining guide

Fittingly for a city with such an influence on the world, Washington, D.C. boasts a vibrant, global cuisine culture. A mix of both affordable and fancy Thai and Chinese restaurants fill the central streets, providing no shortage of soy-dappled, lemongrass-infused delights. Washington also has its fair share of Mexican and Italian eateries, and more than a hint of sumptuous home-style Southern cooking. For a quick bite, there’s a wealth of inexpensive tasty chain takeaways too.

Top 10 historic things to do in Washington D.C.

American history is etched in Washington’s streets. Presidential monuments and the world’s largest museum complex bring the past alive. Book your Washington hotel, and follow this guide to the very best of historic Washington.

Top 10 things to do with your family in Baltimore

Baltimore is packed with family-friendly activities, from watching dolphins to exploring the Inner Harbor. Whatever your kids are into, there’s tons of fun for families in Baltimore.

Top 10 museums destinations in the world

Whether you want to star gaze or explore great civilisations, this guide to the top 10 museum destinations in the world will help you choose where to book your hotel.

Spring vacations in Washington D.C.

A spring vacation in Washington brings warm sunshine, casual strolls along the National Mall and nearly 4,000 cherry trees in bloom. Book a Washington hotel and watch the city come to life.

Where to stay in Washington - a travel guide to Washington's neighborhoods

Finding just the right neighborhood for your Washington hotel stay makes all the difference. Use this handy guide to choose where to stay in Washington.

Spring vacations in Baltimore

A spring vacation in Baltimore brings a rainbow of blossoming flowers, a host of special events and a chance to enjoy the outdoors in the warm sunshine. Book a spring hotel in Baltimore to discover the delights of Charm City.

Where to stay in Baltimore – a travel guide to Baltimore’s neighborhoods

Baltimore earned the nickname Charm City because of its friendly neighborhoods and welcoming residents. To decide where to stay in Baltimore, and which Baltimore hotel to choose, use this guide.

Short getaways in Baltimore – 48 hours of art, aquariums and American history

Although you can’t see it all on a short getaway in Baltimore, you can certainly try. Pack in the best experiences with just a few nights in a Baltimore hotel by following our fun-filled itinerary.

Top 10 hotels in Washington

Stay in a Washington hotel near the White House, by the waterfront in Georgetown or alongside trendy boutiques in Dupont Circle. Choose the place that is right for you with this guide to the top 10 hotels in Washington.

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