Located to the south of Savage and Maple Lawn, Laurel is a neighborhood in Howard County, with boundaries extending far beyond into northern Prince George's, Anne Arundel, and Montgomery Counties. On the Howard County side, you won't want to skip discovering Laurel Park, an American thoroughbred race track that opened in 1911. Make sure to explore North Laurel Park, a 40-acre community park with amenities that include a 12,000-square-foot Skate Park, basketball courts, tennis court, playgrounds, pavilion, ball diamonds, and sports fields (permit use only). North Laurel Community Center is also located within this park. 

Some can't-miss spots near Laurel include Dinosaur Park, Montpelier House Museum, the Dutch Country Farmer's Market, and the Gardens Ice Rink, which features an Olympic ice rink, two NHL rinks, and since November 2013, an outdoor mini-rink. You're also a short drive from the National Cryptological Museum, which displays artifacts of cryptological history and shares educational programming for K-12 student groups and civic organizations. Other nearby destinations are Savage and Maple Lawn, where you can find plentiful dining options for both upscale and casual occasions.

Ready to wind down? Explore the Howard on Tap craft brew trail at Jailbreak Brewing Company, where you can find an artfully layered beer and culinary experience. After a full day of exploring, you must book an overnight stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbia/Laurel, which offers a pool, fitness center, and free hot breakfast.