Howard County offers a haven for those seeking the simple joys of a scenic drive, with winding country roads and breathtaking vistas of farmland. Amidst this picturesque landscape, opportunities abound to visit farm stores, farmer's markets, or simply bask in the breeze, soak up the sun, and enjoy your favorite songs on the radio. Here’s a guide to three enchanting routes and destinations to explore during your next outdoor adventure. All maps are shared with links below!

MD-99: Patapsco Valley State Park Hollofield Area - Howard County Conservancy - Alpha Ridge Park

Set out on a scenic drive down MD-99 in Ellicott City to witness a breathtaking sunset. Start your journey amidst the natural splendor of Patapsco Valley State Park Hollofield Area, surrounded by picturesque landscapes. Take a moment to soak in the beauty of your surroundings before hitting the road.

As you traverse MD-99/Old Frederick Road, make a stop at the Howard County Center of the Arts for a refreshing break in your leisurely day. Immerse yourself in creativity and artistry before continuing your drive.

Continue along MD-99/Old Frederick Road to reach the Howard County Conservancy, where the sunset casts a mesmerizing display of colors across the sky. Marvel at the beauty of nature's canvas as the sun dips below the horizon.

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Sunset in Marriottsville, Maryland

For outdoor enthusiasts, Alpha Ridge Park offers a perfect stop to enjoy recreational activities amidst scenic surroundings. Whether it's a leisurely stroll or an active adventure, this park provides ample opportunities to embrace the outdoors.

Before the day draws to a close, indulge in a delectable dining experience at Grille 620. Located conveniently near your route, this culinary hotspot offers a perfect setting to unwind and savor delicious dishes crafted with local ingredients.

Embark on this picturesque journey along MD-99, where every turn unveils a new spectacle of beauty, culminating in a stunning sunset and a delightful dining experience at Grille 620 that promises to leave a lasting impression.

Folly Quarter Rd - Clarksville Pike: Brews & Petting Zoos

Take a leisurely drive down Folly Quarter Road and Clarksville Pike for a delightful combination of brews and petting zoos. Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of the countryside as you meander through these charming routes. Start your scenic drive at Turf Valley Resort and embark on a picturesque journey through Clarksville along Folly Quarter Road. As you traverse this serene protected farmland, prepare to be enchanted by spectacular sunsets or misty mornings with no buildings in sight, creating an atmosphere of tranquility and natural beauty.

Make a charming stop at Mary's Land Farm to enjoy some cuddle time with their friendly cows, surrounded by the idyllic countryside.  During your road trip, make sure to pause to indulge your taste buds with a snack at The Common Kitchen, where you can savor unique diverse dishes, such as Nepalese dumplings, amidst the peaceful surroundings.

Don't miss the opportunity to visit Clark's Elioak Farm, where adorable baby goats and a young cow await your affection against the backdrop of stunning rural vistas. As you continue your road trip, be sure to catch a glimpse of the eye-catching Enchanted Forest structures along Clarksville Pike, adding a touch of whimsy to your drive.

Clark's Elioak Farm

Clark's Elioak Farm

Conclude your scenic route at Manor Hill Brewing, where you can unwind and relax amidst the tranquil surroundings. With its serene ambiance and delightful brews, Manor Hill Brewing offers the perfect ending to your scenic drive adventure.

Washington Blvd: Rockburn Branch Park - Patapsco Valley State Park - Elkridge Furnace Inn

Explore Washington Boulevard and discover the serene beauty of Rockburn Branch Park, boasting 415 acres of tranquil woodlands. Take a leisurely drive through this picturesque area, soaking in the peace and serenity of nature.

Next, make a stop at Elkridge Furnace Inn, where stepping out to stroll through their gardens and historical buildings is an experience not to be missed. Immerse yourself in the rich history and charming ambiance of this remarkable site.

Continue your journey through Patapsco Valley State Park, where the breathtaking view of the Thomas Viaduct towering above you is sure to leave you in awe. As you enter the park, marvel at the majestic structure before continuing your drive towards the Cascade Falls Trail area.

Thomas Viaduct

Patapsco Valley State Park

Here, you'll encounter the stunning beauty of the Patapsco River and its surrounding natural landscape. Take a moment to appreciate the splendor of this picturesque area, where the sights and sounds of nature create a truly unforgettable experience.

Embrace the Journey

As the sun sets on your scenic drive through Howard County, Maryland, you've immersed yourself in the beauty of its countryside, indulged in delicious culinary delights, and explored captivating historical sites. But as the day draws to a close, there's still more adventure to be had.

Drive Your Car to Free Parking and Plan Tomorrow's Adventure

As the day winds down, it's time to unwind and get ready for tomorrow's adventures. Drive your car into the free parking available at all of our hotels, providing convenient access for guests.

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Road trip in Howard County, Maryland

With your vehicle parked for the night, take a moment to relax and recharge. Reflect on the memorable experiences of the day exploring Howard County, Maryland's scenic roads. Tomorrow brings new roads to explore, new sights to see, and new adventures to embark upon.